Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Four Ds

There are four (and only four) actions you can take with any task.

Do it...
Delegate it...
Delay it...
Drop it...

Take each task and just D.O.I.T. - Delegate it, Own it, Incubate it, or Toss it. The hardest is dropping it. Just ask yourself, "What's the worst thing that could happen if I toss it away?" Anything that is important will come back, so don't worry. You can even keep colour coded files for each of your Do, Delegate, Delay items - and of course my favourite file, the waste basket, for the drop it items.

Push Through Resistance with Persistence
Here are some simple exercises that will help you power through procrastination.

  1. Set a timer for five minutes and devote yourself fully to being present to the task. When you hear the "ding", stop and go on to something else.
  2. Call a coach. You can always get moral encouragement and new ideas from others, even when your stuck.
  3. Continue to focus on the end results, the "why." Let the "how" come up from your visualisations.

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