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13Aug/100

Success via Procrastination

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. - Sun Tzu

There are several ways to get things done. If you know you're the type to procrastinate, maybe this is a strategy you should try. This talks about one of those ways- How to get things done by procrastination. You'll see a lot of lists on how to stop procrastination, lists with names like "How to Deny the Devil of Procrastination" and "How to Kill Procrastination for Good". The thing is, if done properly you can get more done by procrastinating intelligently.

You can be successful by using procrastination correctly!

You can be successful by using procrastination correctly!

Here's how to get started:

  • Brainstorm a list of big hairy goals
  • Add to this list all the things you'd like to do now
  • Start working through your list, add new items as they come up
  • Always keep a few BHG's on the list
  • A Big Hairy Goal is a goal that is huge. Think "Find PHD program" or "Write that autobiography". Ideally it would be something that is long, arduous, and that you don't really want to do. I've found that if I have mountain sized tasks in there along with boulder sized tasks, I'll move a lot of boulders before I'll even think of moving that mountain sized task. The rock sized tasks? Yea, I'll get those done all day long instead of thinking about that huge monstrosity that makes my brain hurt to even think about. If I actually want to get one of those big hair goals done, I just break it down into boulder sized tasks, and do them. But I always keep several big tasks on the list to help me move on to the smaller targets. Not get out there and start procrastinating (tomorrow)!

    This is what works for me, what do you think?

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