007: One Secret To Breaking Procrastination – Todd Stocker.com

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Show Notes: (Audio attached at the end of the post)


Procrastination means to put something off that you simply don’t want to do. All of us procrastinate but there is one simple secret to breaking procrastination — Cracking The Egg.

Why we procrastinate:
  • Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators.
  • Procrastinators are made not born.  science suggests that the more creative a personality, the more likely you are to procrastinate.
  • finding much of it has to do your family upbringing. a hard disciplinarian is more likely to produce procrastination.
  • Procrastinators tell lies to themselves. Such as, “I’ll feel more like doing this tomorrow.” Or “I work best under pressure.” 
  • Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don’t take a lot of commitment on their part.  checking email (i do this…)  creative=i work on something that is more along my bent…  
  • Procrastinators can change their behavior.  we can learn tricks and tips to help us past our procrastination.
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”  Christopher Parker
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The Value of Work

8 Labor-Day

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Ashton Kutcher, Teen Choice Awards, 2013

Did you know that your work is a gift. As frustrating, random and meaningless as it may feel, your work is a gift. We’ve seemed to have lost that truth in recent culture. The refrains of our society echo “entitlement” and “you deserve this” rather that lifting up the value of hard work.

Ashton Kutcher’s comments at the Teen Choice Awards a few months ago sparked a national “hurray” for those of us in generations that had work ethic. He said,

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job.”

It’s true. Working hark is beneficial. Sometimes financially, but most times holistically. Not everyone wins. Not everyone gets a trophy. And as grandpa always said,

“Anything worth getting is worth working for.”

So those of us who have been given the title “parent,” consider your role in developing a thriving work ethic in your kids. Help them discover, develop and deploy their God-given abilities and let them know that working hard is pleasing to our God.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 “It is good for people to … enjoy their work … And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God.”

(Click Here for another post relating to Procrastination and work).

Peace!

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MOTIVATION FROM OUR ANCESTORS: “DO IT NOW!”

My wife and I stole away for a night at the historic, 1875 St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN.  A river town, Red Wing is filled with history all culminating and displayed on the walls of this regal sleepery.  One picture that graced a prominent wall fascinated me.  In fact, the wait staff thought I’d lost my mind as I stared at it for a long periods of time.

It was a 1920‘s picture of the manager at the time, Charles Lillybald, sitting at his desk behind the registration counter of the lobby.  It is a very busy picture.  Papers hanging from the drawers, a guest checking in and his assistant standing, ready to serve.

But what captured me was learning about Mr. Lillybald and how he – within a few short years of starting work at the St. James – ended up buying out the partners and owning the hotel himself.  No computers.  No internet.  No brokers or transactional consultants.  How did he accomplish so much in so little time?  Staring at the photo, I think I found the answer.

Next to the calendar that perched on top of the desk was a motivational slogan simply stating “Do it now.”  Three simple words that most likely were at the heart of Charles ambition.

So how do you “Do it Now?”

Michael Hyatt’s guest blogger wrote a great blog with 5 tips on how to “Do it Now” and stop procrastinating:

  1. Tackle the most difficult task first.   
  2. Divide the task into smaller tasks.  
  3. Set a mid-day alarm.  
  4. Dedicate yourself for a small period of time.  
  5. Schedule your tasks on the calendar.  

If you’d like to have these fleshed out, CLICK HERE to read the explanations.

How do you avoid procrastination and motivate yourself to “Do it Now?”

Peace!