Welcome to the first entry in my procrastination series. Procrastination literally means putting off for tomorrow. In my experience this is a tomorrow that is all too often more than a sunrise away; a “Mañana, Mañana” sort of tomorrow.
How about your experience of procrastination? Designer Jonny says it’s “self-interested laziness…ignoring what I need to do, in favour of doing pretty much nothing at all!” Developer Dave defines it mostly as “the action of a treasonous part of my brain that prevents me from achieving all my goals in life”.
Leave your comments below, if you have the time… or if you don’t, perhaps a quick pause might give you a fresh perspective on the dregs of your to-do list which have slowly shunted themselves into the urgent GET-THIS-DONE-BEFORE-BANK-HOLIDAY-WEEKEND-OR-ELSE list. I’m sure a short break won’t lead you into procrastination…I guess that all depends on who is steering…
Time Management is the bane of our lives, the sign-off at the end of every personal development review, the desperate attempt to get more done with our office hours, but what do we really mean when we say “I’m really bad at managing my time”?
In my experience this means different things for different people. For some it means “There are so many things I don’t fancy doing on my to do list”, others might fill in the sub-text with “I plan so well but there is just mountains of work and it gets on top of me”.
This is why, when your well-meaning and enthusiastic boss directs you to video tutorials for time management on lynda.com during your PD, you leave feeling slightly deflated: Time management is different for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all.
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