The subject came up this week as I was doing an accountability drill with a couple of friends, only to realize just how many of my own projects were behind schedule. I am not sure why we procrastinate but it is an easy trap. Barbara Corcoran, the Shark Tank “How I Turned $1,000 into a billion- dollar business” person, says that…
“Procrastination is the enemy of success and the guilt of not doing something always steals your energy.”
Want a simple, easy to adopt solution? Why not apply the principles of Big Five Performance Management to your daily routine? Here’s how it would work. At the beginning of each work day (perhaps on your commute), make a list of your five highest priorities for the day. The list can include personal priorities (Make dinner reservations for wedding anniversary) and those that are more professional. Write down the five and keep them line-of-site during the workday. I know that there will be 1,000 distractions but keeping the list in front of you will help keep you focused. At the end of the day review your progress. Don’t worry if you did not achieve 100% completion. Some priorities will take more than a day. Priorities that are truly important can simply be moved to the next day. If they are no longer important than drop them from the list for tomorrow. Told you it was simple.
Regardless of how many check-marks you give yourself in a single day, the mathematical outcome is obvious. Five accomplishments a day X five working days a week x 52 weeks per year yields 1,300 accomplishments!
And guess what? Reviewing your list for any particular day/week/month has an amazing impact on your attitude and perspective. Procrastination steals your energy but accomplishment fuels your spirit. Try it today. I will provide a full refund for anyone not happy with the results.
Thank for your time and have a great weekend!