By Jeff Zbar | February 19, 2009
I’m a pretty productive home office worker.
And I can be an effective procrastinator, too.
So where does one lead off and the other begin?
If there’s a client or an immediate billable behind a project, it gets done in short order. If there’s a partner involved — someone who’s counting on me to deliver what’s expected from me in order to advance some communal effort — it gets done in short order.
If it’s something just for Jeff, chances are it might linger.
See the pattern?
So do I. I thought to resolve to break it. But I’m not into resolutions.
So, like Nike, I decided to just do it. Break the pattern of procrastination. With AM tea and PM Pepsi Max (caffeine and Ginseng), I get jazzed to do a bit more work (OK, so I can end up like a ferret on speed sometimes. But work DOES get done).
I found some other tips from a lass named Naomi out there today (gotta love the RSS feed). She set up a service called AwayFind, which delivers urgent messages (not just email) wherever you may be. She uses The Lovely Jess, a virtual administrative assistant who handles the little details that bog us down. She even uses a legally blind PROFESSIONAL NAG named Rachel to nudge – or nag – her from inaction into productivity.
More than hiring others, it’s about changing your outlook. It’s about getting off your duff and getting stuff done. It’s about setting reasonable to-dos and just doing them.
Are you ready?
Then just set one to-do for today.
Start an outline for that book. Open a blank Word document and write an intro to some new project you’ve been hoping to write and sell.
Make one more sales call.
Call a friend to create a mastermind group or team to prod you along.
Just do it.