FOLLOW THIS FLOWCHART TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION
A look at strategies to prioritise better and become much more productive
Psychologist Patrick Keelan has a series of questions to ask yourself when you feel stuck with your work. These four questions can act as a flowchart to help you beat procrastination and be productive again. For this exer cise, it doesn't matter what type of procrastinator you are. The four boxes of the flow chart are:
1 Have I made an action plan?
Action plans provide a proven-effective antidote to procrastination.
2 Are the actions in my plan small enough?
Make the action plan small enough and you're less likely to procrastinate.
3 Have I used the five-minute rule when my motivation to take action is low?
The boost in motivation you receive from taking action for five minutes will often result in you continuing beyond five minutes until you've completed the action.
4 Have I addressed any rules driving my procrastination behaviour?
If you still find procrastination to be an issue, it may be worth examining any rules or `underlying assumptions', which may be leading you to choose to procrastinate.
If your answer to any of the boxes is no, you head back to a previous one to flesh things out.
You may already know about these concepts, like, to start doing any work for five minutes breaks the procrastination rut. And breaking down tasks to a `for dummies' level is an old trick too. But these productivity techniques work when used together with Keelan's approach of combining them into a if-then flowchart .