10 Jan Swallow that Frog! Down the Hatch You Procrastinators!
I have a little sign on my desk that says, “Deadlines amuse me.” Ha! Actually – they haunt me, consume me and motivate me – but they don’t amuse me!
I always think of myself as a worker bee – a master-multi-tasker – so it’s painful to admit this. But the truth is – I DIVE into work that excites me – or with which I feel a strong connection. And I put off stuff that presents real challenge to me – or the stuff I put off in favor of folding laundry. (And in my version of hell; I fold laundry all day long!))
Because my business writing copy means I have to be creative on demand and churn out quality content to feed the hungry machine that is the world web, procrastinating doesn’t cut it. I have to find a way to overcome. And luckily I learn everything I ever needed to know from other friends, colleagues and writers. One sweet friend, Lisa Fuller shared this little trick I love. Her uber smart husband shared this technique with her – to get up and, “Swallow the frog.” (Lisa’s an ambitious suburban mother of 3 and part-time occupational therapist – she’s always juggling the circus us moms navigate every day. I can’t imagine why she would ever procrastinate!)
It sounds like a whole lot of fun, right? But the idea is to identify the metaphorical “frog” you’re avoiding, and dig in. Face it. Don’t allow anything to come between you and this sweet frog. Down the hatch – whatever it is for you. Filing; organizing your 2-year-old’s playroom; making the call to the V.P. of Sales to tell her you lost the big account. Git’er done before you let once single distraction get in the way – because once you do that, you start finding more of them.
Then, once the critter “goes down” – sometimes without some serious squirming – the rest of your day is easy-peasy by comparison! Thanks, Lisa (and Al)!
So enough about me – what’s the frog you’re swallowing today?
Chuckles: “I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!” – Sam Levenson