Fighting procrastination – a parable from the snow of Jerusalem
I am a business coach. If I was to take a quick survey of my clients, at least a third of them curse their poor skills in time management. Bluntly speaking, they procrastinate.
What does this mean? Spin it how you wish, these are people who ensure they are preoccupied doing anything and everything, except focus on their main work for the day.
Please note that one thing they are rarely very good at is looking at their bank account. That is just too painful. The large minus sign would show them just much they avoid getting on with key tasks. The danger of the wake up call is thus averted.
Tips to stop procrastination? There are dozens and dozens of blogs and infographics, ordering the sufferers as to what they must and must not do.
Let me take a different track, a more practical approach, and it based around what happened today in Jerusalem. For roughly 24 hours, the city closed down, and the main roads away from the holy sites were closed, as a brief snowstorm circled above.
We had been warned and I had prepared a list of work-related tasks to carry out at home. BUT, and a big ‘but’ at that: Would I be able to convert my good intentions into concrete actions? After all, for years, I myself was the king of putting things off. Nobody knew the tricks better than me.
Well, I started the day with a few simple matters to check. Picking up in confidence, I wrote a couple of reports. I made sure I only resorted to a two minute break between longer tasks, rather than carrying on at all costs. In fact, I ended up writing five documents, on top of several phone calls, and ……..
Well, the last thing I wanted to accomplish was to write a blog.
Hats off to the next wave of bad weather.