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Avoiding Procrastination E-mail

by: Lisa Nicole Bell

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Los Angeles - ( Procrastination and avoidance – we’ve all done it. Ignoring that challenging task on the to do list or waiting until the very end of the day to address the unpleasant items on the list are examples of this.

It’s normal to want to avoid the discomfort of a difficult task. These types of things can range from needing to confront a colleague about poor performance, having to plan a presentation or exercising. Whatever the task is, avoiding and procrastinating is not the answer. The key is to find the time of day when you are most alert and focused. For some, like me, this is first thing in the morning between 6 am and 11 am. For others, this may be at night and for others, it will be the afternoon. I refer to this block of time as Golden Time. These are the hours you operate at 100%Knowing when these hours occur for you can help you become more productive during your work day.

Most people have a reservoir of energy that is reasonably full at the top of their day. They might not be “morning people” but they can function and get things done in the morning. As the day wears on, energy levels fluctuate based on eating, activity, and other factors. Consider doing your most important and most difficult tasks first when you are energized and focused.

Even though I did exceptionally well in accounting while in school, I don’t particularly care for it. If I had to, I could prepare financial documents for my businesses and for myself, but I prefer not to so I outsource these functions every chance I get. In one instance, I was creating a business plan and needed to prepare statements that included start up costs, sales projections, and other documents. The very thought of having to crunch numbers made me want to crawl in bed and cover my head with the sheets. I just didn’t want to do it. However, I began to see that putting it off until the end of the day made me irritable and ineffective. In addition to not wanting to do the task at the end of the day, I wasn’t all that great at it because my number crunching thinking cap generally starts to slip off in the evening.

I started setting my timer and working on my financial documents for one hour during my Golden Time every day until they were done. Not only were they accurate, my emotional and mental experience was a much more pleasant one. I was able to think creatively about the challenges my business may face, and I was much calmer. I got the unpleasant tasks out of the way at the top of the day so that I could coast through the rest of the day taking care of things that were more enjoyable.

I want to encourage you to consider when you are most efficient and alert and plan your day accordingly. Your Golden Time is your daily gift so be sure you’re using it to maximize your productivity.

Lisa Nicole Bell is a writer and entrepreneur. Her book, Divine Inspirations, will be released in February 2009. She will offer a FREE teleseminar on developing a recession proof mindset on February 10. Visit to learn more.


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