THE June ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS: A Handbook for the Overworked,
Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
Quotes for June
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes. -- Hal
People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
-- Zig Ziglar
Right now, start the habit of selecting
a reward that means SO much to you that the reward actually
motivates you to do those things you would never be motivated
to do. -- Rita Emmett
June Message from Rita
So often, when I'm presenting a Keynote at
a conference or leading a training seminar, people ask "How
do I motivate myself to do something I hate to do?"
The answer is: You don’t.
Oh sure, there a tips that help. Play upbeat music while
you clutter bust your place. Chat on the phone while stuffing
marketing material into envelopes or loading the dishwasher.
But those just help to ease the boredom or pain, they don't
actually motivate you to do the dreaded task.
So here's the secret.
Come up with a reward that means A WHOLE LOT to you, and
THAT becomes your motivation. For example, I start off each
day getting the worst -- the most disliked -- job out of the
way. It might be paperwork or making a dreaded phone call or
writing a proposal.
Here's my reward system: I have one coffee before I get to
my desk. BUT that second cup is my reward, and I don't get it
till it till I complete whatever that first task is. I might
NEVER be motivated to do that paper work or make that call,
but you have to know that second cup motivates me to get almost
any job done.
My friend Georgia treats herself to a long distance call
to her best friend as soon as she hits her goal in cleaning
the house. Georgia says she may never WANT to clean her house,
but she WANTS so badly to talk to her friend that the thought
of that call gets her to accomplish anything.
Bob, a salesman who travels, used to procrastinate about
his expense reports each week because he simply did not like
paperwork. Now his goal is to turn in that report before the
end of each Friday and if he does NOT complete it, then he does
not allow himself to watch TV that night. Absolutely none. Doesn't
even let himself turn on the news. Bob says that this reward
system has taught him self-discipline.
When he began, he didn't think there was ANYTHING that would
get him to stop his procrastination. Then he decided to try
the reward system. At first, Bob didn't allow himself to have
dessert when he failed to hand in his report. BUT when he DID
complete the task, he treated himself to a special hot fudge
His organization skills increased and his cash flow increased
and sadly, so did his weight. Then he started thinking of what
he called "his self-discipline muscle". Just like working out
at a gym, you might start off feeling weak, but the more you
work at it, the stronger you become. And he knew the more he
used a reward, the more disciplined he would become. So he simply
changed his reward to TV.
He feels that now he might not need the reward system anymore
because organizing his receipts and handing in his expense report
has become a habit, but he is not willing to risk sliding back
into his old procrastinating ways.
Bob says, "I don't think I will ever be able to motivate
myself to WANT to do paperwork. So I really need a reward that
I want so badly, I will do any hated task. And relaxing in front
of the TV at the end of a week works for me, it is something
I really want to do, and I hate it if I don't allow myself to
because I didn't reach my goal.."
What works for you? Right now, pick out something you've
been putting off and think of a reward that you want badly enough
that you will force yourself to do your goal. If one reward
doesn't work, try another.
Right now, start the habit of selecting a reward that means
SO much to you that it actually motivates you to do those things
you would never be motivated to do.
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