Undoing the Nasty Habit of Procrastination

Many have heard the old adage, ‘why do today, what you could do tomorrow.’ This seems to be the kind of philosophy of an expert procrastinator, such as myself– live by. And, constantly reciting the words ‘I’ll do it later’, is normally a built-in excuse to put off chores, going through that growing stack of mail on the kitchen counter, and that extremely long list of home projects that will almost never get done.

Going off of personal experience especially when working in my home office, if there is a task that I don’t enjoy doing I tend to put it off to the point, that I either forget about the task or am constantly rushing around at the last-minute, stressing myself out in trying to get an entire list of tasks done;  before it costs me time, money, or both.

Also, I can really burn up some time, by spending hours checking email and going on Facebook or other social media sites– (I know I am not the only one, that happens to).

However, if you decide to become a writer, work from home, a telecommuter, business owner, or an entrepreneur and to run a home office, procrastination is not your friend.

So, in my personal mission to help remedy my procrastinating ways to help make my life much easier since, I am a blogger and freelance writer. I have been reading a book titled, The 60 Second Commute, A Guide to Your 24/7 Home Office Life, written by Erica Orloff, Katy Levinson, Ph.D..

This book is an amazing detailed book written to guide you through the enormous step by step process in running a home office. From properly filling out and submitting the correct paper-work, tax-forms, to finding the right professionals to help run your office efficiently, and to child-care.

Every topic is knowledgeably covered by two working mother’s whom have been able to successfully balance their home lives and home offices for years. This book presents a large wealth of tips, advice, and examples that is meant to prepare you in making an informed decision, to make the 60 second commute from your living space to your work space.

In this book, the author’s had written a special section dedicated especially to help address and solve the problems that procrastination can bring. According to page 45-46, procrastination can be the “ultimate home office enemy” and “home office procrastination can be divided into two primary categories; Lack of self-direction or motivation
Distractions of home. 

Here is a list of 5 tips to help you to kick the nasty habit of procrastinating, when it is time to go to work on your own:
  1. Pair up to conquer the procrastination bug- If self-direction is your problem and you find being alone leaves you day-dreaming, not focusing, or not knowing where to turn first for a task, consider buddying up with another home office worker with a similar problem.

  2. Time yourself – Set off an alarm on your watch or an egg timer for every 30 minutes, more or less. This method is to teach chronic procrastinators to value precious minutes by making them more measurable in terms of work accomplished. Also, if you take a break for 15 minutes to do some chores or go on Facebook; the timer can reel you in, just in case you start losing track of time (that has been one of my problems).

  3. Try motivational tapes or mind games with the procrastination monster – Both of these methods can be used to “get you going“, and motivated to figure out what you do when you procrastinate. If you like to make phone calls and gab with a friend for 10 minutes (or more) or you like to get up and snack (their own editor says that was one of his problems), set this up as a reward for a set period of time of solid working or accomplishment of a dreaded task, such as filing.

  4. Figure out what particular jobs you dislike the most in your home office – Do these tasks in limited intervals. Ten minutes of filing once a day is better than three hours of built of filing at the end of two weeks. Commit to doing your least-favored tasks once a day, and  don’t give yourself mental permission to leave the office until you do.

  5. Pay someone to do tasks that you consistently procrastinate on to the detriment of your business –   It may just cost you less by paying someone to do tasks such as filing, set appointments, or bookkeeping. So, you can spend more time on placing sales calls, do high-billing tasks, or so forth. Plus you could higher a college student or barter services. 

By following these 5 tips from this book The 60 Second Commute, A Guide to Your 24/7 Home Office Life, written by Erica Orloff, Katy Levinson, Ph.D.. As well as, being very proactive on daily on avoiding time wasters, you can begin undoing the nasty habit of procrastination. These methods have sure helped me.

Orloff, Erica and Kathy Levinson, Ph.D.The 60-Second Commute: A Guide to your 24/7 Home Office Life. New Jersey: FT Prentice Hall, 2003.

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