Glossary for todays post:
Humble-brag: A form of self promotion where the promoter thinks he/she is, almost subliminally, bragging about themself in the context of a humble statement or complaint. Everyone listening thinks he/she is a jackass
Master-procrastinator: A person who has such skill in procrastinating it is considered a form of art. A veritable virtuoso of avoidance. A diabolical mastermind at delaying not just mere tedious tasks, but critical life advancing decisions. (thanks urban dictionary)
Stake: something good for you done as a result of breaking a self set deadline or guideline… its kind of like a punishment but I don’t like thinking of it as that.
People ask me often ‘How do you fit it all in?’
I have to say I’m often surprised by that question. I’m not trying to humble-brag (I LOVE that term) or being a Wanker – alot of the time I genuinely don’t consider myself busy.
Sometimes, I definitely feel really busy and overwhelmed – but that usually happens when I haven’t scheduled my time or when I don’t take the time each day just to chill.
I recently got back from a brief overseas holiday, within 4 days of getting back I’d moved house, unpacked, submitted an assignment for Uni and had a big thing at work happen succesfully… all throughout I wasn’t stressed about being busy.
Why not? I am a big believer in scheduling, I map out everything I’m going to do and when (allowing flow over time in case it takes longer) then I set myself a reward and stake for each thing. In the past, I’ve been a master-procrastinator by writing and re-writing my to do lists and then getting distracted by a Grey’s anatomy DVD that I just happened to put on. Now, because I’ve promised myself something at the end of getting a task done i’m keen to get started.
Take the ‘move’ weekend for example, I had booked a massage and I had to be moved, unpacked, organised for the week and uni assignment submitted or I was going to have to miss the massage – and I wasn’t going to let that happen! So, everything was done and I went to sleep Sunday night and slept like a baby!
So go on, bribe yourself – and watch your productivity soar!