Done is more fun than perfect

Of course I know the official slogan is 'done is better than perfect'. But let's face it: if you're a perfectionist, you prefer perfect. Perfect IS better no matter what practical people try to tell you. But... We might be willing to admit that perfect ...
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Conflicting promises

Too often we promise ourselves things that conflict, without noticing it. “I'm going to take better care of myself this week”. Combined with “Nothing is more important now than reaching this deadline” Guess who gets beaten up in the fight between these promises? Often it's ...
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Positive psychology against procrastination

Oh, I'm excited! I've just read about new scientific proof that positive psychology works against procrastination. Or, to be more precise: elements of positive psychology can be really effective in dealing with procrastination. Tested on students who procrastinated on studying. Are you still with me? ...
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How to tame your procrastination monster

The next Get it Done Week, starting September 7th, is called "Tame your procrastination monster". I wondered what would happen if you apply the wisdom of taming dogs to procrastination. Here's the result, with thanks to http://www.wikihow.com/Tame-a-Dog. There's some serious wisdom in there. It’s natural ...
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Pair up with somebody who gets things done

People who procrastinate tend to want to hide it. Many people are ashamed of their non-productive behaviour, and don't want other people to know about it. Which is very understandable. Unfortunately, it doesn't help. It might even make it worse. Nobody likes to hide in ...
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Procrastination is (not) a habit

Often when you read about procrastination, the writer will say it's a habit. I tend to disagree. I believe the tendency to procrastinate is (partly) innate.  The part of  giving in to the tendency, THAT's the habit. Procrastination often functions as a flight mechanism. It takes us away from things ...
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My most boring tip against procrastination

Are you ready for the most boring anti-procrastination tip I can give? Here it comes.... Get enough sleep! It won't help against ALL forms of procrastination. But it helps against the type of procrastination when both your body and your mind tell you they want you to ...
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Self love against procrastination

"Underlying unmet needs are the motivators for the actions we take." Tamara Laporte talks about shame and guilt, and how these emotions are harmful instead of helpful. She's not talking about procrastination, but all procrastinators know something about shame and guilt. Usually more than they ...
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The Next “Get it Done Week” starts 4th May 2015

Join Get It Done Week at Procrastination Coach. Learn how to get unstuck and get yourself into gear. Fab reviews at the bottom of this post:) From Monday to Friday, the daily tasks will help you get your things done AND learn how to deal with procrastination ...
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Is it easy to forget your goals?

Coaches and trainers work with goals a lot. They ask their clients to: choose goals define them positively make them SMART link them to their personal values Until two hours ago, I thought that all that work on goals would make them difficult to forget ...
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Procrastination is (not) funny

I put a wink in the title of my new workshop. I did.  And it made me WORRY. Luckily I had a deadline and I had to decide quickly. Otherwise, I could've spent hours making the decision. Revising it. Making it again. And revising it ...
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The History of Procrastination Coach

I just giggled a lot. My web designer posted my struggle from a black and white website to what I have now, with a slide show of things we said 'no' to. As a former historian I totally love this 🙂 www.nakedwebsite.co.uk ...
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I’ll do anything to avoid planning

This week I have public accountability going on with a lovely visitor of my Facebook page. We were talking about how difficult it can be to keep the focus, and how planning helps. But that it can be SO difficult to keep to your planning. So ...
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My first newsletter, what do you think?

Sometimes the hard part about controlling procrastination is that you don't even know you're doing it... I've just returned from a walk outside, on a beautiful, sunny and cold winter day. I'm really proud of myself that I did it before I started my working ...
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The scary Pay What You Want model

I've been practically yelling at online friends "Don't do it" if they suggested they wanted to try out the Pay What You Want model. I've heard so many disappointing stories about it, of people who hardly made any money, felt seriously undervalued, or both. Then ...
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How do you design accountability?

I promised myself... Accountability basically means that somebody does what they are supposed to do. In coaching, that something is a promise that people made to themselves: this is what I will do. You don't need a coach to have an accountability relationship. It can be anybody, ...
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Even procrastination coaches procrastinate

Oh yes, we do. I guess that's what makes us good at procrastination coaching. We know procrastination first hand. And second hand too 🙂 Making videos - take 1 My most desperate case of procrastination has been creating videos. It started well. I did two, ...
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I’m proud to be a coach

The word coaching gets a lot of rolling eyeballs. And yawns. At network meetings people politely don't sigh. "A coach? How interesting. I just met 5 other coaches." The term coaching is used so broadly that you probably can get clip your toenails coaching these ...
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I used to tell myself I didn’t care

I've been working with procrastination for a few years now, but I keep making new discoveries. About procrastination, but also about me. I just had a Eureka moment. I've been fooling myself for a long time. Nice and dusty? I used to tell myself I ...
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Procrastination Poem

I just found and lost this great procrastination poem. A good reason to publish it here: If I put off until tomorrow, That which I could do today, I will have more time today, For doing other things, or, That is to say The stuff ...
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Goal Setting: Excuses, Procrastination and Self-doubt…..Oh My!

Reblogged from Brandnu-ista Blog: Ah, the dreaded goal setting, it’s not our favorite thing to do but the benefits we reap far surpass the angst.  Yep, I know that sometimes things get in the way of completing your goals like your tired, you’ll do it ...
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Procrastination

Reblogged from Baldypoems I sit with pen and paper but then recall, I must do the dishes, another stall, Check the mail and do the washing up, I fancy tea; I’ll have a cup, Vacuum round and tidy the mess, So many things to do, ...
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To newsletter or not to newsletter

I've been struggling with the idea of a newsletter. In general, I don't like them. Also, I often don't like the sign up process. I get the why and how of the whole thing, and I can't blame people for using something that really works ...
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Get rid of your procrastination for good? No way!

Please, please please don't believe any article or method that tells you they have the cure for procrastination. Or that you can end it for good if you follow these four tips. Or the 'How to end procrastination for good' articles. That's just not how it ...
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Watch out with YouTube…

If you have an accent like me, and post stuff on YouTube, you may want to look for the captions setting. If such a thing exists. I'll have a look in a minute. I thank Dixie Nichols from Handmade Lives for this discovery. She posted ...
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I will procrastinate on charity no more

Making a Kiva loan is something I've procrastinated on for years. I don't have a clue why. I thought it was brilliant from the start. I had the money, and I know the micro loans system is changing the world person by person. I needed one ...
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Irritate yourself into productivity

Most days I prefer a gentle approach to procrastination. Going to the core of what's goin on, and taking it from there. But some days I just want action and progress, without too much thinking. When you notice it's one of those days, you may want to ...
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Feedback for my free e-course on procrastination

What a joy to read the feedback for my free e-course! * Many many thanks for this free course! I will do it again to get maximum results. Wishing you much success with your business and hopefully you can sell this course a lot! Much ...
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Why do we procrastinate?

The last book I read mentioned fourteen possible causes. It seems a miracle that we get anything done at all! I'm not going to list those fourteen, at  least not now. There's a more pressing issue. I quote*: “Until you can see the function that procrastination ...
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Free e-course

I'm thrilled to announce you can sign up now for my free e-course:  From do it later to do it now in 9 days Create a helpful mindset around procrastination and get results NOW! It's here: http://www.procrastinationcoach.net/free-e-course/ ...
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Rewards help you to stop procrastinating

I'm doing an inventory of things that people can use to reward themselves. Because research has shown that rewards really help. So I though I'd turn it into an exercise. This way you get some support (if you need it) and I get loads of ...
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New look, what do you think?

I would have loved to procrastinate on publishing the new look of my blog. Somehow it's scary to bring it out into the open, even though people have liked it in the design phase. You know what? It isn't perfect yet... It might not even ...
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Why I do what I do

I hope you're not seasick after watching this 🙂 Now why post such an imperfect video? It was an unprepared test of my camera, never meant to be seen by anybody but me. And I realised I'll probably never be more natural in front of ...
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Are you procrastinating? Freeze!

I had a bad case of procrastination going on these last two months. A simple chore, that I normally like: sending invoices. I had no idea why this suddenly was in my procrastination zone. But it was. Naturally, I felt incredibly stupid. A procrastination coach ...
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Searching for images on procrastination

I'm doing work on my website and blog, helped by the wonderful, knowledgeable (and fast) Lisa Cole from http://www.nakedwebsite.co.uk/ We're brainstorming images for my website, images that people link to procrastination. I'm not really good at that... I'm looking for images that YOU (real people, ...
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Productivity tips for perceivers

If you're getting desperate about your relationship with planning and to do lists, they just might not fit your personality type... Planning and to do lists do not suit everybody I just read an article that links productivity with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It explains ...
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What if we’re working on the wrong things?

This video made me think - a lot. It's long, but it's worth watching. If you can't find the time, or don't want to procrastinate, I'll share something of her message with you below this video ...
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Change…

Reblogged from Author Kristen Hope Mazzola: Here I stand Waiting and wanting Change is dangling from my hand I beg to make a fist My muscles wont respond Everything seems close but far My lungs let out a silent scream Victory is mine Only if ...
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Self care against procrastination

Lately I noticed all the productivity techniques in the world couldn't help me. I just did NOT want to do what I had to do anymore. Not even the work I love (well, to be honest, except for coaching calls because I absolutely always like ...
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Challenge: can you take five?

What I'm asking of you is at least 5 minutes of your time -for as many days in a row as you dare to promise. What do you seriously procrastinate on? Think of a wish or task that's always there... That always should be done, ...
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Should you feel shame when you’re procrastinating?

One thing I've noticed since I started Procrastination Coach, is that everybody procrastinates. Some seldom, some often. Some have their lives devoured by it, for others it's just a slight nuisance. But everybody knows what procrastination is, and has experienced it first hand. Feelings about ...
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Discover when you procrastinate, and why

Create a procrastination jar (or box, or piggy bank, something that looks nice). Every time you procrastinate, you write down the reason for it as soon as you realise it. Add the time, and the activity you should be working on. Put the piece of ...
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What does procrastination look like?

You know how monsters lurk under the bed, in the dark? And you know how to get rid of them? Right. If you want to beat your procrastination monster, you need to get to know it. Know it really well. What does your procrastination monster look ...
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A procrastinator’s trap when eating frogs…

Well, I guess I should've seen it coming. Maybe you're smarter than me and notice it straight away. Here's how it went. We were doing great on our productivity experiments. I'd eaten several frogs the day before, and was ready for a big one. This ...
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Rewards stop procrastination

A typical reaction to eating a frog is this: I'm STUPID. I could have done this ages ago. I SHOULD have done this ages ago! It looks like internal shouting. And it is. A punitive voice that tells you you're no good. Again.. Criticism doesn't ...
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Eat the frog

I'm having loads of fun with my new Facebook group, called htts://www.facebook.com/groups/productivityexperiments/  I started the group because each time I saw an interesting method, my response was the same: interesting, I should try that out one time. But I never did... So now the group is ...
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The dreaded New Year’s question…

I've never been one for New Year's Eve. I don't understand why January 1 is supposed to be different from December 31. And the party always comes with the dreaded question: what are your New Year's resolutions? I don't know about you, but setting New ...
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