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#ProdChat – 01/13/2016 – Overcoming Procrastination

#ProdChat – 01/13/2016 – Overcoming Procrastination

On January 13, 2016, #ProdChat discussed the topic, Overcoming Procrastination. Procrastination is a perennial issues for everyone trying to be productive in life and work; it strikes everyone at some point and there are strategies to overcome procrastination when it does. Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about overcoming procrastination. Feel free to comment below with your thoughts as well, or shoot us a tweet by hashtagging #prodchat! Enjoy!

Questions:

  • Q1: What are your biggest procrastination triggers? #prodchat
  • Q2: What have you done to become more aware when you’re procrastinating? What do you to tell yourself? #prodchat
  • Q3: How do you determine the *real* reason you’re procrastinating on a task? #prodchat
  • Q4: What have been your success techniques for overcoming procrastination? #prodchat
  • Q5: What anti-procrastination tools have you found to work? (e.g., apps/software/hardware, or analog) #prodchat
  • Q6: What is one thing you are procrastinating on this week? And, how will you attempt to stop procrastinating on it? #prodchat

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Raw transcript:

User Tweet Date and Time
rsidneysmith Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/C40vBakDrB https://t.co/ZxJNdGBbqo Thu Jan 14 00:59:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Overcoming #Procrastination!” Join us! https://t.co/EqFvbBQ9m8 Thu Jan 14 01:00:28 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith So, let’s start! In a tweet, introduce yourself. Who are you? What do you do? What are your passions? #prodchat https://t.co/pgmLSlYTlF Thu Jan 14 01:01:08 +0000 2016
CTrappe Hi #prodchat. Christoph here in Iowa. The Authentic Storyteller. #contentmarketing around the globe – mostly in healthcare. Thu Jan 14 01:01:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith What’s one #productivity success you’ve had since the new year began? #prodchat https://t.co/QRZTfKm03k Thu Jan 14 01:02:06 +0000 2016
davidduran017 RT @CTrappe: Hi #prodchat. Christoph here in Iowa. The Authentic Storyteller. #contentmarketing around the globe – mostly in healthcare. Thu Jan 14 01:02:44 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @CTrappe Great to have you on #prodchat, Christoph! Thu Jan 14 01:03:43 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Please add #prodchat to tweets. Questions will come as Q1, Q2, Q3. Answer A1, A2, A3, for readability! https://t.co/ERPFHmXaYA Thu Jan 14 01:04:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q1: What are your biggest procrastination triggers? #prodchat https://t.co/wxjZgt02LO Thu Jan 14 01:05:02 +0000 2016
DerekTac Hi friends, it’s been a while since I’ve done #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:05:14 +0000 2016
CTrappe Twitter is great to procrastinate. #prodchat I will just read these 55,000 tweets before doing some more writing. Thu Jan 14 01:05:36 +0000 2016
DerekTac A1: The “it’s not immediate,” train of thought. “I’ll do it later/tomorrow” #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:05:55 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac Hey, Derek! Great to have you on the #prodchat stream this evening! Thu Jan 14 01:06:06 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith Lee Herman: GTD enthusiast/practitioner, @SASsoftware employee (all opinions mine), music lover, Mac user, bicyclist #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:06:27 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @CTrappe Hopefully you can use a few of those 55K tweets as inspiration! ;) #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:06:33 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek Welcome, Lee! How’re you this evening? #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:07:47 +0000 2016
DerekTac I tend to start multi-tasking my time away when it a task I really do not want to tackle. Ends up wasting more time overall. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:07:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A1a: My biggest triggers are overwhelm. If I haven’t done a good job of breaking down projects into actions. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:08:50 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith Hi Ray, fine, thanks! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:08:54 +0000 2016
DerekTac RT @rsidneysmith: A1a: My biggest triggers are overwhelm. If I haven’t done a good job of breaking down projects into actions. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:09:11 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A1b: And, if I feel like I don’t have the resources to tackle a task right that moment (which could be emotional or energy-based). #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:09:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac So it sounds like finding the motivation for the task you’re procrastinating on is important, eh? #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:10:00 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith your A1b has been the story of my week. :-( #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:10:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q2: What have you done to become more aware when you’re procrastinating? What do you to tell yourself? #prodchat https://t.co/BYU6pxaFD9 Thu Jan 14 01:10:04 +0000 2016
CTrappe It’s hard to procrastinate when you are passionate about the task at hand. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:10:58 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith A2 it’s pretty obvious when I’m not doing what my #GTD system is telling me I should be. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:11:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac I try to look up a horizon (in #GTD lingo) for the reason I’m doing something that I’m resisting doing. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:11:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac If I can tie my task, project or goal up to my “bigger game” (Robbins-ish lingo) then I find my motivation. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:13:12 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith Motivation is very important to me, or else I think to myself, “What’s the point?” I need to justify it to myself #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:13:52 +0000 2016
TeddyWinning RT @CTrappe: Hi #prodchat. Christoph here in Iowa. The Authentic Storyteller. #contentmarketing around the globe – mostly in healthcare. Thu Jan 14 01:13:52 +0000 2016
DerekTac RT @rsidneysmith: @DerekTac If I can tie my task, project or goal up to my “bigger game” (Robbins-ish lingo) then I find my motivation. #pr… Thu Jan 14 01:14:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2: I definitely keep a journal and as soon as I notice procrastination, I open my Evernote journal notebook and start writing. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:14:33 +0000 2016
CTrappe Some unnecessary processes are actually busy procrastination. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:14:35 +0000 2016
DerekTac Very true! Not all tasks are created equal RT @CTrappe: It’s hard to procrastinate when you are passionate about the task at hand #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:14:54 +0000 2016
fynikm @CTrappe Agree. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:16:36 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac One thing to keep in mind is to never commit to doing anything that you’re not motivated to do. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:17:15 +0000 2016
tanishasapp RT @CTrappe: Some unnecessary processes are actually busy procrastination. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:17:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac Or at least, don’t take it on until you understand why you’re motivated to do it (i.e., boss asks => paycheck!) #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:17:42 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @fynikm Hi, Nikki! Welcome to #prodchat! :) Thu Jan 14 01:18:22 +0000 2016
DerekTac RT @rsidneysmith: @DerekTac Or at least, don’t take it on until you understand why you’re motivated to do it (i.e., boss asks => paycheck!)… Thu Jan 14 01:19:04 +0000 2016
fynikm @rsidneysmith Thanks Ray! I’m new to the chat – sneaking a peek! #prodchat! Thu Jan 14 01:19:33 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith Paychecks are very motivating indeed! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:19:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q3: How do you determine the *real* reason you’re procrastinating on a task? #prodchat https://t.co/ThBvaa8C6r Thu Jan 14 01:20:10 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac I imagine they are! Ha ha. You could also be motivated because you are passionate about your vocation, but… ;-)/#prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:20:34 +0000 2016
CTrappe Some procrastination is actually thinking time. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:20:49 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith A3 usually reflection on why provides a quick answer: don’t have/perceive all pre-reqs in place; fear; not fun, etc. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:22:26 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3: When looking up #GTD horizons don’t work, using the “5 Why’s” method is really useful. #prodchat #procrastination #productivity Thu Jan 14 01:22:44 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek Yes, similar to my usual culprits! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:23:39 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Here’s the Wikipedia article on 5 Why’s (root cause analysis): https://t.co/oiNIJ7BD5E #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:24:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Interested in getting financially fit? Join the Financial Productivity Challenge! https://t.co/1GfKwVjQ8z #prodchat https://t.co/RsfCqw6tdn Thu Jan 14 01:25:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @bojandordevic You betcha! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:25:31 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q4: What have been your successful techniques for overcoming procrastination? #prodchat https://t.co/QNWvQhaUIw Thu Jan 14 01:27:27 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith A4 as you suggested, connect to next level motivation, sometimes that means just suck it up and start. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:28:36 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Agreed. I start smaller than planned (just a five minutes of whatever it is), or persistent starting. #prodchat https://t.co/kEQU1eqiBp Thu Jan 14 01:30:02 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith #Pomodoro method is useful in starting – forces you to just focus on the task and do something. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:33:43 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A4: This #procrastination strategy works well for *long-term*…turn years into months or days. eg, 10 years => 3,650 days #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:33:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek @PomodoroTech can be really helpful, for sure, to make a task time-bound! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:35:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q5: What anti-procrastination tools have you found to work? (e.g., apps/software/hardware, or analog) #prodchat https://t.co/tAamaONFkm Thu Jan 14 01:40:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A4: The perennial #procrastination strategy that works well for me also is to tackle tough tasks at the top of the day! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:40:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Join https://t.co/WPfpS65crQ for our January discussion of _Nudge_ by Profs. @R_Thaler & @CassSunstein! #prodchat https://t.co/z9d8AolwVH Thu Jan 14 01:45:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5: Anti-Procrastination Apps Actually Work, Study Says https://t.co/YQ0vZv1pHb #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:47:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Has anyone tried Finish, The Anti-Procrastination App? https://t.co/b4EILLNGxr #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:49:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q6: What is one thing you are procrastinating on this week? How will you attempt to stop procrastinating? #prodchat https://t.co/jg6qQur1Ng Thu Jan 14 01:50:06 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith A6 requirements document for work. just have to suck it up and finish it. keeps stalling due to ambiguity. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:51:59 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: I’ve been delaying finishing editing my forthcoming book! I’m going to review the next five pages tomorrow morning! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:53:42 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek What will help you clarify this ambiguity? #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:54:06 +0000 2016
DerekTac A6: Fixing my 2 desktop PCs. There are fan issues. I’ll use “it will be quiet when it’s all done,” as a motive! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:54:22 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith Finish. has a very interesting business model. Neato #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:55:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac What’s the next thing that physically needs to be done? ID the fan parts to purchase? Call tech support? Unplug PCs? #prodchat Thu Jan 14 01:55:59 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Next #ProdChat: January 20, 2015 – “Rebooting Your NY’s Resolutions” w/ @nmhouston hosting! Have a great week! https://t.co/1qDy2LLYzW Thu Jan 14 01:59:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Thanks #productivity enthusiasts for today’s #ProdChat! Join us next week! https://t.co/ieN0gKkcCh Thu Jan 14 02:00:19 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith Unplug everything, dig PCs out, open them up, assess problems. Canned air the crap out of them outside #prodchat Thu Jan 14 02:01:07 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith just have to take my stab at it and let the customer say it’s right or correct it. just have to gut my way thru it. #prodchat Thu Jan 14 02:01:10 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith Hopefully don’t need replacement fans, but they’re super old. Who knows! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 02:01:29 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith We’re talking not paid here. Trying to find motivation for this recreational opportunity! #prodchat Thu Jan 14 02:02:28 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac Understood. I love working on my computer hardware way more than software, I admit. So I’d be more motivated… Lol #prodchat Thu Jan 14 02:04:18 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith Believe me, if it were my beefy gaming rig I would hop on it no problem! These are ancient clunkers I have to fix #prodchat Thu Jan 14 02:06:35 +0000 2016
DerekTac @macbikegeek Nice seeing you in #prodchat tonight. Let’s connect! Have a great evening. Thu Jan 14 02:24:03 +0000 2016

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