Posts Tagged ‘procrastination’

How to Block Business Distractions

How often do you start your business day with the best of intentions only to find yourself doing anything but what you planned? If you’re like most people it’s more often than you care to admit.

Put it in Front of You

In an earlier article Triage for Business Issues I mentioned a technique that I first read about several years ago. It is one of the best ways I know to block business distractions. The technique is Read the rest of this entry »

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Focus on Staying Current

You’ve probably heard that your stress level can by reduced by decluttering. Part of that decluttering involves getting current on activities. But after decluttering, then what?

Picture This

Most of us have the experience of having looked at a closest, garage, basement or desk that was cluttered. It can be Read the rest of this entry »

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Indecision is a Bad Decision

How often have you found yourself waiting on a decision or leaving others waiting on your decision? Take too long to make a decision and that becomes the decision, and quite often that means this indecision is a bad decision. Rather than making the best decision based on the facts at hand, there may be a tendency to hold off until certain of the decision. By then it may be too late. As Geoffrey Chaucer said, “Time and tide wait for no man.”

There Is Competition

How many companies have debated making changes to their product offerings, only to be left behind when the competition acted first? Not only does Read the rest of this entry »

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Think Outside the Box | What Box?

When you here the phrase, “think outside the box” what comes to mind?

You Want What?

I’ve heard people say they want to hire someone who can think outside the box or that they themselves are outside the box thinkers. But that raises the question, “What is this box we’re talking about?”

The Artificial Box

Perhaps you’ve heard the quote credited to George Bernard Shaw, “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” In other words, those who Read the rest of this entry »

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Real Commitment

How often do you write down your intentions? There are some good reasons why you should.

A Statement of Intent

When we only speak of something we plan to do, the strength of our intent is unclear and there is very little to hold us to it. When we put it in writing we increase the level of commitment we have made, and increased commitment improves the likelihood we will actually follow through.

The Power of Others

If we tell others what we are going to do, we greatly improve our likelihood of actually doing what we said we would. Even more effective is Read the rest of this entry »

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Perfect is a Roadblock

Have you ever been working on something and continued to feel it needed just a little more work before you released it to others? Perfect can be a problem. For starters, you can always find something that can be improved, and if you wait to have it perfect you will create a roadblock to accomplishing your goals.

The Reality

Imagine you are involved in creating a new product, service, or even an entire company. After working diligently for months you finally have what you think is pure perfection. It’s not, and as soon as you turn the product, service, or company loose on the public the game is over; well at least the game you are Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Many Options

When choosing a flavor at an ice cream store you may have struggled because so many were appealing. Business decisions have a similar issue. Only in business the stakes can be much higher than whether you end up with something that taste good.

The Impact of Too Many Options

Whether we refer to it as too many options or too many choices the real issues is not what we call it but Read the rest of this entry »

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Necessity of Backups

If you are anything like others, you have undoubtedly experienced the loss of data as a result of an equipment failure or an error. For example, if you work with Microsoft Excel you probably have been working on a spreadsheet and put off saving it. Then there is a power failure and you computer crashes and you lose something you have been working as well as the time devoted to it.

It Can Be Worse

Losing an Excel worksheet is frustrating, but is gets much worse. Suppose you are Read the rest of this entry »

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Just Get Started

Procrastination, it gets the best of us all at some point. How often does someone say to us about something we are planning, “Just get started”? Our typical response is, “I will as soon as I get around to it.” You may have seen this before, but I think this picture shows just how ridiculous this response is.

Round Tuit

There you go. You can now say you have a “round tuit” and can get moving. Sometimes those first steps Read the rest of this entry »

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