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Chapter 12. The Secret Formula to Overco... > See? It's Not So Hard! - Pg. 129

The Secret Formula to Overcoming Procrastination 129 will be coming over to see the finished product. Play a game of seeing how much you can finish in that hour. You might be surprised to find that you get three hours' worth of work done in an hour because of the imaginary time limit. But even if you don't, you've at least done more than if you had given up altogether. · Pretend you're about to go on vacation.You may know the feeling of going on vacation from a full-time job or a business you run. In the last few days, or even the last few hours, before that vacation, you probably get more work done than in a typical week or month on the job. The necessity of getting projects wrapped up or loose ends taken care of provides an adrenaline rush that propels your action into warp speed. (Plus, it helps to know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of white, sandy beaches or wherever it is that you're headed.) You may not be able to go on an actual vacation, but you can play a trick on yourself based on that prevacation productivity boost. Imagine you're about to leave on a long trip and have to get certain things done by then. The game may encourage you to take stock of what you've fallen behind on and get it done or to move forward with something you've been putting off starting. · Just do something.I'm no physicist, but I believe physicists when they say that an object at rest will remain at rest until some force propels it into motion. It's a handy principle to keep in mind when trying to get yourself to do something. Sometimes nothing works better than to take one little baby step toward a particular task. You'll more than likely find that the first step propels you into motion and leads to more steps. If you wash one dish, you'll probably end up washing the whole sinkful. If you write one thank you note, you'll probably go ahead and thank everyone on your list. Even if you don't, you'll be one step closer than where you were. The act of procrastinating involves all sorts of mind games we play on ourselves. By playing trick- or-treat, we can turn those mind games to our advantage.