Part one in our dealing with procrastination series
I would hazard a guess that most, if not all of us, procrastinate on a regular basis. One way to overcome procrastination is to “bang a nasty job off” (BANJO), in the words of my friend Emjet Hassan. Brian Tracy calls it “Eating a frog for breakfast.” The idea is that we do our most difficult task or tasks first thing in the morning.
There a number of reasons that we procrastinate. One reason I procrastinate is that I put off jobs that I think are going to be difficult.
I also procrastinate on things that are important to me, such as writing my book or this blog. I’m not sure why I do this. Is it fear of failure? Is it fear of success? I do recognise it as a form of self-sabotage.
One benefit of BANJO is that once you’ve completed that difficult task, you immediately feel a huge sense of relief. That feeling of relief is then followed by the thought that the task was a lot easier than you imagined it to be and you could have completed it sooner. “What was I worrying about?” you may hear yourself ask.
Another benefit of BANJO is that all your other tasks for the day seem so much easier and enjoyable after you’ve got a nasty job out of the way.
My ICO registration is due for renewal but I had to cancel it as I’ve shut my businesses. I kept putting it off as I thought it would be complicated. I finally did it yesterday. It turned out to be really easy. I just sent an email. It took less than five minutes! I felt so relieved.
What job have you been putting off? Can you bang it off now or schedule a time to bang it off in the next week? Let us know in the comments.
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