Fox Extra: Optimizing procrastination
Using non-productivity to your advantage
- Duration 3:44
- Date Feb 8, 2012
Using non-productivity to your advantage
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Hi I'm Courtney -- this since fox -- dad do you put things off until the very last minute.
A lot of us ditto here to tell us how to make the most of procrastinating and use it to your advantage it's quick and dirty tips get it done guy steeper Robbins.
Thanks so much for coming in eleven you're not telling us not to progress -- your -- and -- -- it will.
The -- things you have no choice because we we do procrastinate even we intend not to.
So my attitude is if you're gonna procrastinate any -- find ways to make it work for you.
And I think it's interesting that your first tip is to actually procrastinate.
On your outgoing email.
Yes most people until damaged by email these days and a lot of it is people think emails a conversation.
It's so not.
And if someone if you write -- when they write you back immediately it becomes a big burden on you slicing his compose your reply but don't syndicate.
Put -- -- your out box and tomorrow go in and click the send key.
And what will happen is usually by then you're training people not to expect an immediate response so you're lightening your -- -- And by procrastinating sending the email you're slowing down the conversation.
So that they're not -- expect an immediate response and it's gonna actually lighten your workbook and -- solve the problems on that and I absolutely.
What about speed dating your her path -- oh this is one of my favorites if you have a bunch of things that you're procrastinating.
You can use them to motivate each other.
And you do it by speed dating is right when you sit down with one person for five minutes apiece.
Make a list of all the the top -- things are procrastinating and spend five minutes on the first 15 minutes on the second -- -- -- on the third.
Use a real time like an egg timer to make -- go.
And work for only five minutes and what happens is because -- such small chunks of time your brain doesn't have any resistance to like OK I'll do five minutes on my taxes.
You go through all of them quickly and you use them to build up momentum and you just take a little break at the -- -- and start over again.
And it feels like here.
Getting something accomplished that way I guess now I love this tip get a perk fascination buddy Blake used for oppressed nation -- deep in your relationships.
Of course I mean if -- crushed if you're procrastinating something difficult you may as well use at the time to make Africans.
Get -- get a good friend and who's been procrastinating something.
Tell each other what you've been procrastinating and then meet together for a day of working on your procrastination and you -- is do it day is do -- days yes actually there's a do -- days dot com.
That talks about this -- do a days you get a whole group of people together and throughout the whole day you grab stuff that your procrastinating you just.
In fact I used to -- days to write my book which is I get it done guys concepts to -- -- to do more.
I -- the entire last draft of the book with a series of days with this whole group of procrastination buddies every day we just sat down and help each other accountable and I've never ever thought I'd be able to get that much writing done in such a short amount of time.
But it really keeps you moving into thinking I gotta find oppressed nation buddy and this one great pamper yourself by progress city.
Yes if you're gonna procrastinate.
And people say -- wanted to give myself for reward for procrastinating and they say oh I'll get a rice -- square if I do my taxes today no -- What's something you've really wanted to do for yourself and you really want a justification for doing.
-- although I kinda have to have a deadline to get some things husband puts it up to the last minute.
-- it -- hearsay and that's not a bad thing and I love these tips.
Thanks so much Steve -- for coming in and also check out -- but get it done guys nine steps to work less and do more.
And he can find more from quick and dirty tips act quick and dirty tips dot com that's it for -- Dexter I'm Courtney -- thanks so much for watching.