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Habit Tracker

Repetition is your friend.  Repetition allows you to get comfortable.  It allows you to feel at ease in your performance.  It allows you to preserve your mental space for more complex matters you need to concentrate on. But sometimes, being able to repeat certain behaviors seems to be a very hard thing to accomplish.  There are many reasons for this:

  • we forget
  • we get busy
  • we get distracted
  • we lose faith in our ability to keep our behavior on track
  • we get bored when we think of the idea of having a “routine”
  • the excitement wears off

One habit that has been supremely hard for me to develop is meditating in the morning. We’re talking years of on-and-off “trying” to meditate.

I decided to design a printout for myself to keep track of what I was and was not doing for the last week in July.  This printout was meant to satisfy my desire to put pen to paper and to “see” what I was really up to.  I listed four activities, including meditating, that I was interested in remembering to do on a daily basis and one activity that I wanted to remember to avoid.

The habit tracker sheet allowed me to wake up the next day feeling no resistance to the idea of meditating.  My mind was already primed to think I was going to meditate.  I had made a plan and I was going to check off that box no matter what.  I learned it didn’t really have to be a do-or-die kind of situation.  I just meditated.  And that felt slightly better than staring at my meditation pillow and running a few circles around it like I usually do.

Why don’t you try tracking your habits too?  If you are game, print out the August Habit Tracker Sheet that I have made for you to use.  My suggestions for using the August Habit Tracker Sheet are as follows:

1. Limit yourself to five habits that you would like to work on.  Getting overwhelmed never helped anyone make good changes.

2.  Enter three tasks that you would not want to forget to do on a daily basis.

3.  Enter one new habit that you would like to try to be consistent with, e.g. meditation, walking in the morning, writing down ten ideas for your business, reading for twenty minutes.

4.  Enter one old habit that you would like to avoid doing, e.g. eating sugary foods, random apologizing, impulse buying.

5.  Have fun filling in your daily boxes.  Do it your way.  You could circle the number in the box, x it out, fill it in, color it in, or make a check mark.  Go crazy.

6.  Feel the flow of your new habits start to take hold.  Stick with the August Habit Tracker Sheet and keep going.  Realize that you are stimulating the broader habit of completing what you set out to do.

Bonus Tip: Take a peek at the beautiful daily artistic habits of my friends Crystal Moody and Corinna Jaeger. You’ll be impressed by their gorgeous creative work and by their personal reflections on the ups and downs of forming meaningful habits.  Enjoy.

Have you developed any systems of your own for keeping yourself on track?  I’d love to hear about them.  If you enjoyed this post, please share it with those you love and/or follow me on Twitter for more ideas on how to get past Procrastination in your life.

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    Let’s Get Rid of the Most Potent Factor Causing You to Procrastinate

    Self-doubt

    Let’s try to figure out what’s getting in your way.

    Why can’t you finish what you’ve started?

    Why do your ideas never see the light of day?

    Why can’t you introduce yourself to that cute new neighbor of yours?

    Why is your workspace a cluttered mess?

    Here’s my opinion for the day: you are overburdened by self-doubt.  Self-doubt tells us:

    • we should not try
    • we should not defend ourselves
    • we should not stand up for ourselves
    • we should keep the things as they are as best as we can because it is what we know
    • no one will listen
    • it’s not ready
    • I’m not ready
    • it’s not good enough
    • I’m not good enough
    • it’s ridiculous
    • it’ll take too long
    • it’ll be too hard
    • there’s not enough time
    • take your time
    • hiding out is a better option that showing up
    • we can never change
    • we can never grow
    • we can never be our full, operational selves

    Wow.  Self-doubt is a kicker.  It kicks our motivation, and sometimes even our inspiration, to the curb.  It makes us believe we were never really that motivated in the first place.

    In case you haven’t had your share of healthy nutrients today, here’s some powerful juice for killing your self-doubt:

    You are more capable than you can even imagine.

    You have more potential for action than you could ever use in a lifetime.

    You can change your pattern of doing things within the next hour.

    You are in charge of yourself and the thoughts you allow yourself to listen to.  You do not have to listen to trash talk and lies about yourself anymore.

    You are the best person for changing things in the right direction for you.  You do not have to rely on anyone else and you do not have to fear anyone else any longer.

    Self-doubt is mental and emotional clutter.  It can get out of control very quickly and very easily.  It can take up so much of your time that it really does feel like there is no time left to work.  The truth of the matter is you do have the time, but you will not have the emotional energy and mental fortitude to do your work if you are burdened by the clutter of self-doubt.

    Do one thing today to prove to yourself your own capacity for action and change.  And then repeat this action over and over again until your self-doubt is gone.  Best wishes to you.

    Today’s post is lovingly dedicated to the members of the Open to the Possibilities Group who have bravely faced their personal blocks and self-doubt in order to make breakthroughs in their battle against Procrastination.  Today’s post is also dedicated to my neighbor Michele, who has given me kind encouragement to keep my blogging efforts going strong.  

     

     

     

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      There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

      Your dissatisfaction can go now.There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you.

      I’ve been trying mightily to train myself to let things be.  This is harder than getting a Ph.D. in Psychology y’all since I managed that but still struggle with the other.

      Many life moments have brought this important life step to my attention.  Facing loss, illness, stress, and unwelcome surprises.  Watching some people let things be so magically and watching others spend every spare second figuring out what to worry and stress out about next.  Wanting to get clearer on my own life’s purpose while also trying to reduce any sense of heaviness or burden in it.

      Getting into this as a practice of daily living has been interesting so far.  I have tried to be more mindful of my approach.  Simplicity helps.  Limiting how much I worry helps. Believing everything will be alright helps.

      There’s an essential anxiety about living.  Tension in every moment perhaps.  Fill it or let it be?  So many of us choose to fill, fill, fill.  Letting it be seems like a loser easy way out.

      But there’s the rub.  We’ve been faked out.  We Procrastinators stop functioning because we get scared or frustrated or too busy or freaked out or bored or befuddled or apathetic. We respond to the moment by listening to our feelings about it rather than to the moment and what it calls for.

      So here’s what I’ve been meaning to tell you.  You needn’t worry.  You needn’t struggle to find out the gazillion ways you know this moment doesn’t suit you or isn’t perfect.  Your dissatisfaction can go now.  It might leave slowly, but it can definitely go.  And you can handle what is in front of you.

      And here’s something I’ve been telling everyone I can: listen to the James Altucher podcast, episode number 119 with Michael Singer — The Surrender Experiment.  It’s a great discussion of how to work the letting go and accepting mindset.  Enjoy.

      What do you have difficulty accepting?  Which feelings prevent you from being okay with what is happening around you?  What can you decide to let go of?  Please share some thoughts with us here.  Best wishes to you today.  

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        How the Procrastination Cycle Gets Underway (and How to Break It)

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        A Real Path

        There are many paths by which simple Procrastination develops into a full-blown Procrastination Cycle.  Perhaps you know a few of them.

        One avenue by which Procrastination takes hold is the absence of communication. When we are reluctant or unable to speak what is on our minds, we teach ourselves that only we can manage our own distress and that we are voiceless.

        When we start to feel that way, our anxiety begins to escalate and then the stakes seem even bigger, because all of a sudden we become the only person responsible for the outcome of the work we are supposed to be doing.  As our anxiety begins to escalate, we feel confused about how to break away from it.  We begin to focus on calming our anxiety. This draws our focus away from our work.

        As time goes on, we lose the connection between the start of the assignment and the end and we get very lost in the middle space.  We know exactly what needs to be done, can even think of it as being “easy,” but cannot push ourselves to get to the finish line.  The Procrastination Cycle drains our motivation and our spirit for doing our work.

        How did we let ourselves get this way?  How did we allow this cycle of inefficiency and stress to take root?

        Before you begin to answer these questions, please consider that you began your Procrastination Cycle in order to take care of something.  Perhaps you meant to:

        • save someone the trouble of having to help
        • spare someone the time that they would have needed to contribute
        • act like a good kid, a good student, a good employee, a good patient, or a good spouse
        • spare yourself the trouble of communicating to someone who wouldn’t be able to understand you or what you needed

        Perhaps you were going to answer the questions above by responding “I am lazy.”  I want to stop you from doing that.  In all my years of doing this work, I have not found any Procrastinators to be lazy.  They are not lazy because they care, they are motivated, and they are invested.  They may be misunderstood as being lazy, but they are not actually lazy.  But they are trapped. Trapped in the seemingly never-ending cycle of stress-avoidance-stress-avoidance.

        I believe whole-heartedly we all can break the Procrastination Cycle.  The good news is that all it takes is one behavior to break a cycle.  The not-so-easy news is we have to have the courage to change our ways.  We don’t just have to change our actions, we need to change the underlying beliefs we have which tend to keep the Procrastination Cycle in constant motion.

        So if it is a lack of communication that keeps you stymied — communicate.

        So if you feel you need to be a good ____________ all the time, assume you are always good and — communicate.

        So if you think you need to protect someone else’s schedule, decide to let them decide for themselves what they’ll do and – communicate.

        So if you want to unburden someone else of their chores, start focusing on your own burdens, ask someone for help and — communicate.

        You’re really not going to break anyone by talking out loud.  Ever.  What you will get from talking out loud is a sense of what’s going on, how to feel, and how to get going on your way again.  You’ll know just how to get out of your Procrastination Cycle.  Find a real path to your own freedom and take it.

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          Learn How to Make Accommodations and Adjustments

          AccommodationsA few weeks ago a friend asked me if it was difficult for me to come up with ideas for blog posts.  My immediate response was “No,” but I didn’t have a clear sense at the time why that was my chosen response.

          Sure, sometimes it does feel difficult to come up with exactly the right thing I’d like to communicate.  But most times, I’m just writing about aspects of how I think and act on a daily basis.

          You see, despite being in recovery from chronic Procrastination, I struggle with the impulse to Procrastinate every day. These posts are stories of accommodations and adjustments I’ve learned to make.  I make them instead of getting upset, crazy, distressed, and distorted.

          Now instead of Procrastinating I:

          • call ahead
          • plan ahead
          • write in bullet points
          • leave room and time for error
          • speak up when I need help
          • pay attention if my feelings are alerting me to something I need to handle
          • allow myself to delay a little if I need to get started
          • allow life to be frustrating instead of wondering why it’s not peaches and cream
          • don’t view my Procrastination as something that makes me completely different than everyone else

          How do I make these accommodations and adjustments when my instinct is to throw everything to the wind? I have patience and compassion for myself and my difficulties getting things done.  Those two factors have been a long time coming.

          If you do not have those two factors for yourself, keep reading these posts, keep plugging away, keep on keepin’ on.  Get help, get real comfort, get moving, and make the changes big and small you need to make.

          Remember that no matter how much pressure you might be under, you are the force for change for yourself.  No one else can be the central reason for your growth. Don’t get distracted by what other people have to say about how you do things or what plans you should be making.  Your development will originate from your own energy and your own desires to move forward.  Go forth and prosper.

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            The Benefits of Everyday Habits

            Everyday HabitsMany, many years ago, I spoke about Procrastination to a small group of 17 dissertation students at a major university.  The group was polite, attentive, and eager to learn.

            Mid-presentation I spontaneously asked the group how many of the 17 were doing their work on a daily basis.  I don’t know why, but I was shocked by their response.

            Only one of the 17 dissertation students was dealing with her work on a daily basis.  When I asked her what made her behave differently from the rest of the group, she told me and the group that the university, due to a change in guidelines regarding financial support of doctoral students, was taking away her financial backing.

            Ah-ha.  There was all of a sudden a very large motivating force compelling that student to work on a daily basis.

            Although I was shocked by the fact that 16 out of the 17 students were not working every day, I shouldn’t have been.  Why?  Because I too, had developed 9,000,001 techniques to avoid working on my dissertation when I was in that very difficult emotional zone of dissertation writing.

            Since that talk I gave many, many years ago, I have developed the opinion that the only way to push a humongous project (like a dissertation) through to the end is to work on it in a serious manner every day.

            I am sharing these memories with you in order to encourage you to develop a daily habit with the project that is most important to you, and perhaps the one which is making you Procrastinate the most.  Why should we waste valuable time when we know the answer to faster and greater productivity?  We’ll have way more fun when we are finished (as every single dissertation student who has ever successfully completed a dissertation will attest).

            The following are a few guidelines and reflections to get you started:

            1.  You need to be able to distinguish real work from fake work.  When we have in-depth, complex projects to handle, it is easy to manufacture a sense of doing the work, when in fact, we are just passing time.  Make sure you are honest with yourself about whether you are actually focusing on your work, or if you are researching and fussing your way around it.

            2.  Even 15 minutes a day of real work will be beneficial to your overall productivity. If the idea of working on something every day makes you cringe, know that just 15 minutes a day of real work will give you tremendous payoffs at the end of the day.

            3.  You will not have to deal with initiation stress as much.  So often the issue with getting down to work is the problem of needing to get past our discomfort with initiating our work.  Once you get into a pattern of daily work, that initiation stress dies down significantly.

            4.  You will not need to deal with distracting thoughts, events, and people as much. When you train yourself to work on a daily basis, the time you spend working becomes a solid, knowable event in your day.  You will begin to protect that time in your schedule for the work.  As a result, your work will be easier to pay attention to and to develop.  The distracting thoughts, events, and people that are part of your day will have to wait a bit for you to finish your day’s work.

            5.  You will develop a system of working and a sense of mastery.  What I’ve learned from writing posts week after week (often with a daily writing routine) is the intangible factors involved in getting to my work smooth themselves out when I keep to a daily habit of working.  When you develop your own daily practice, you’ll find the mindset of working is accessible, the materials you need are at hand, and the readiness to produce is there.

            6.  Your work will actually progress.  This is obvious, no?

            7.  You will not dread working so much.  Wouldn’t that be great?

            When you develop a daily productivity habit, you develop a trusted way to make sure you maintain a healthy relationship with your work.  No more complaining, no more obsessing, no more regretting.  More freedom, more productivity, more confidence, more contentment.  Sounds good to me.

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              Get Creative When You Feel Like Procrastinating

              Today, I thought I’d model what I sometimes do when I’m feeling unable to follow through with my regular routine.  I have a general expectation for myself that I write and publish at least one blogpost per week.  Some weeks that expectation is a no-brainer to fulfill.  It sometimes can even be pleasurable.

              Other weeks, for different reasons, the idea of writing something new and (hopefully) interesting makes me want to crawl under the nearest rock.  I may not be feeling focused enough.  I may have other obligations I need to take care of.  I may just be plain not feeling up to it.

              Generally when I feel like I’d like to delay writing, somewhere, somehow there is a feeling of fear lurking.  It might sound like “this post won’t make a difference to anyone.”  Or it might just as easily sound like “this post might make a difference to someone.”  Either way, I end up feeling some resistance to moving forward.

              And here’s the part where the drumroll begins and I show you today’s solution to my resistance — some pinnable quotes I got from Pinterest.  Ta dahhhhhh.

              Feel the Fear

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              Small Steps

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              The Struggle

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              I decided to turn to Pinterest for some inspiration for me and for you. I’m not generally a Pinterest user because I tend to feel dizzy and overwhelmed by all the visual input there and because I think Pinterest might be a little too easy for me to Procrastinate with.

              But I have been itching to try different things in my posts. So I did something new, got creative, and got going on Pinterest. I found many inspirational quotes I wanted to share, and realized the ones I was drawn to really matched my message about Procrastination and Procrastination recovery.

              In the process of collecting pins, I forgot to take notes on where the pins originated, and so you’re only seeing a few pins here. Though the results of my efforts were scant, I’m glad I went through this new journey to find another way to create a post.

              What creative alternative route can you use to sidestep some of your own resistance? Has there been something you’ve been curious about but have not begun to explore?  

              Use the pinnable quotes I chose to share here to guide you.  You will feel fear, but you can work your way through your fear.  You can take a small step today and the next day to continue making your overall efforts that much stronger. You will feel a twinge of difficulty and struggle (as I did with Pinterest) when you try your new idea, but you can then turn that into part of your new story.

              Add something to your toolbox for working today.  It might be something you learned on Twitter or Pinterest.  You might use video.  You might do an interview instead of just relying on your own voice.  You get the idea.  Go have fun and try it out now.

              For further inspiration, I’d like to share a wonderful post by Crystal Moody, who happens to have designed my Procrastination Coach website and logo.  In it she outlines 100 ideas for creativity and productivity.  And she and they are great.  Enjoy.

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                Don’t Downsize Yourself

                Keep Your SensesProcrastinators get the message from every which direction that they should:

                • “just get it done”
                • “just hand it in”
                • “just get it over with”
                • “just put your nose to the grindstone”
                • “not worry so much about it”
                • “not be such a fusser”

                From the outside, it would seem that the Procrastinator is making a big deal out of a small sack of potatoes.  I think this, if true, is only part of the explanation of why Procrastinators delay doing what they should be doing.

                Chronic Procrastinators have travelled a long journey to the point where they feel powerless to change their patterns of behavior (or lack of behavior).

                They may have been downsized in many categories, including:

                • self-confidence
                • capacity to see reality
                • ability to absorb information due to high levels of stress
                • self-esteem
                • ability to communicate effectively or openly or at all
                • not being as connected to others socially

                How do we break the downsizing pattern?  Here are a few suggestions:

                Don’t drag the past into your current view.  I cannot emphasize this point enough. When we repeatedly bring what we haven’t done or what we regret into our present circumstances, we force ourselves to start each day working with a negative, burdened mindset.  Teach yourself, starting today, how to avoid thinking about the past when you are trying to focus on getting anything done in the present moment.  The past will always be there for you to remember.  You do not need to torture yourself with it every time you set out to act.

                Don’t envision yourself as being any less than any one else.   In our society, where so much is made of what we wear, what we own, and what we do for a living, we can easily forget that all of those externally measurable concepts do not actually make us any less than or any more than anyone else.  As you begin your recovery from Procrastination, remember you are as in this game of life as the next person.  Begin to play.  Don’t start three steps behind unless there is a really, really good reason.

                If you observe yourself closing down any one (or several) of your senses, stop!  If you find yourself denying what you see, hear, or sense, take a breath and consider what is causing you to shut yourself down.  Is it fatigue?  Frustration?  Embarrassment?  Feelings of overwhelm?  Whatever it might be, you can come back to your full senses.  You won’t be doing yourself or anyone else any good by staying trapped in long-term denial.

                Grow one step at a time.  You didn’t downsize yourself overnight.  It will take a while for you to move back into your full form and to take your full speed.  Take it slow, but always determine which actions will keep you moving forward. Avoid pressuring yourself too much.  It took me years of back-and-forth practice in pushing myself past my doubts and insecurities before I started moving forward more smoothly again.

                Try to differentiate the pressures that you experience from the demands of the work you need to get done. Chances are the work you are needing to accomplish does not require you to suffer or to shut down.  Give it a try.  Give it a go.  Best wishes to you.

                Coming Soon!  The Open to the Possibilities Course Open to the Possibilities If you are ready to begin moving out of your downsized state, I invite you to join me in my course Open to the Possibilities.  I have designed this 31-day course for anyone interested in taking specific steps to break out of Procrastination patterns.  The course is structured to be simple, low-stress, and effective in teaching members how to start and maintain momentum through day-to-day action.  The action begins July 1st.

                If you have any questions about the Open to the Possibilities course, please e-mail me at christineli@procrastinationcoach.com.  For more information about the course and how to sign up for it, please open this Open to the Possibilities link.

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                  5 Ways to Ensure Success in Your Day

                  smoothieAs I was making breakfast this morning, my thoughts wandered to how I used to treat myself.  I used to treat myself pretty badly.  I would:

                  • not sleep
                  • not eat regularly
                  • eat my fair share of “junk” foods (my preference is sugar)
                  • work without taking breaks, but not accomplish much
                  • work incredibly ineffectively
                  • avoid socializing a lot for fear of losing time for work
                  • not get outside much
                  • not exercise regularly or not exercise at all

                  My breakfast today was a good one.  I will spare you the details of what I put in my belly. But I will tell you I am confident that I have devised a way to make sure I don’t crash and burn during my day today and most days.

                  Here’s a quick list of the steps I take to ensure a sense of sanity during my day:

                  1. I make sure I have a good breakfast.  I have read too many articles on the benefits of fueling your body at the start of the day to ignore that kind of wisdom.  And it just makes sense.  My body needs to get moving on some energy source, because I sure do not wake up feeling like a spring chicken.

                  Breakfast does not have to be complicated either.  Keep some frozen fruit in your freezer, then whip up a smoothie in the morning by mixing the fruit with apple juice and yogurt in a blender first thing.  If you are short on ideas for easy-to-make, healthy breakfasts, browse Pinterest for some yummy ones.

                  2.  I take breaks when I work.  As Procrastinators, we tend to have a feeling of panic or discomfort when we work.  I have tried my best to train the “panic” feeling out of my experience of working.  Panicking just doesn’t help me to focus, to concentrate, or to be creative anymore.

                  One of the ways I have been able to undo the panicky feeling is to take breaks when I am working.  Knowing I have a break coming up helps me to push myself a little bit harder to get closer to the finish line.  Taking the break helps me to feel in control of my work and my progress.  It just feels much better to work with breaks than to try to work for four or five hours at a stretch.

                  3.  I get outside.  Have you looked at the nighttime sky lately?  It never fails to amaze me. Of course, you could admire the morning sky also.  That tends to be good too.  Getting in the fresh outdoors works like a refresh button on the body and mind.  Walk, stretch, garden, make the dog happy, get the mail, pick up something (for your good breakfast), go outside on your stoop, porch, or front step.  Go on a rollercoaster #justnotwithme.

                  4.  I connect with friends.  My days of hiding out to catch up on the work I’m behind on are over.  I love my friends too much.  I tend to work harder knowing I’ll have more time to be with friends when I get my work accomplished.  It has become a nice feedback loop for me: meet with friends, do my work, then repeat.

                  If you have been missing someone, call them today and plan to meet before another week goes by.  Chances are, they will appreciate the connection and the opportunity for a break too.

                  5.  I make room for exercise and sleep.  We’ve all heard the breaking news that exercise and 7-8 hours of sleep a night are good for us.  I swear I would make it my entire career if I could figure out a way to consistently succeed in helping people achieve their exercise and sleep goals.

                  I have learned that, for me, exercise and sleep only get accomplished if I am able to set limits on myself.  I need to be in the right mindframe to exercise and to get to sleep at a reasonable hour and that tends to require a lot of limits.  I have to limit the following:

                  • what I feel I can “squeeze” in to the day
                  • knitting (always knitting)
                  • my internet use
                  • being overscheduled
                  • being stressed out

                  I find if I’m overdoing anything in any category, either my exercise or sleep habits (or both) go haywire.  I’ll begin to feel groggy or sluggish and I’ll start to make excuses, and then I find myself up at 3 a.m. trying to figure out how I got there.

                  Figure out which factors are ones you might need to limit in order to enable yourself to exercise and to get enough sleep.  Perhaps you need to shorten your nighttime routine. Perhaps you need to set an alarm indicating it’s time to go to the gym or to turn all your screens and devices off for the night.  Whatever the steps might be, begin taking them in order to improve your daily experience and well-being.

                  Don’t let the demands of life lead you into a pattern of self-destructive or self-harming patterns.  Be patient and kind with yourself if you feel like you’d like to take some of the steps I just described.  Pick one that strikes your fancy and begin creating space for it in your day.  The wonderful part of making these types of changes is they make us more inclined to avoid procrastinating.  Now ain’t that the ticket.

                  What change will you make in your daily routine?  Which behaviors would you want to add?  To drop?  

                  COMING SOON!  The Open to the Possibilities 31-Day Course

                  Open to the Possibilities

                  I’m happy to announce my plans to offer a new Open to the Possibilities course starting July 1st.  I designed the course to assist members to learn and to take the daily steps necessary to be open to their own possibilities.  My primary objective with this course is to provide support and guidance for anyone who is interested in taking steps away from Procrastination.

                  The course includes a 31-step guide, membership in a closed Facebook group for members only, and access to a live webinar with me.  The cost of the Open to the Possibilities course is $30.  If you are interested in signing up for the course, please follow this link.  If you have questions about the course, please e-mail me at christineli@procrastinationcoach.com.  I look forward to connecting with you soon.

                  Christine

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                    Step of the Day: Get Yourself Organized via the Trello App

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                    There are so many times in life where simplicity seems to be the answer to our most complex problems.

                    One tool I use to keep me on top of my to-do list is the Trello app. I strongly and heartily suggest you download the Trello app immediately. You can use the Trello app on any and all of your devices, and any information you enter into the Trello app will be synched across your devices.

                    I first learned of the Trello app from the Zen Habits blog. I figured if the blogging king of simplicity, Leo Babauta, uses the app, it should be good for me too. And it is.  I have a view of everything on my plate on one screen.  I also have the capacity to slice and dice my to-dos until they are in shreds.

                    The app is designed with simplicity in mind. Your screen view will be of white vertical lists arranged from left to right. You get to decide how many lists you want to keep. You get to decide how to categorize them. You get to decide which order to you keep (or don’t keep) them in. Within each list, you will keep individual “cards,” each indicating a single task (or event or thing to remember or whatever). You get to decide how to prioritize and to organize each card.

                    Whenever I try to describe how well-designed the Trello app is, I get a little frustrated. My descriptions inevitably end up being more complicated than the actual process you will go through when you get your hands on the actual app and play with it. And it is like play. And who wouldn’t want to inject a little more play into their work?

                    If you’d like to get a more detailed look at how the Trello app looks and works, please read my recent Lifehack article. For some great ideas on how to use the Trello app to its potential, please read this piece too.

                    I hope you get as excited about the Trello app as I have been. Do you have any suggestions for other apps I should try? Do you have simple solutions for your own work that you’d like to share?

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