October 17, 2011
Beat Job-Search Procrastination
Procrastination -- to one degree or another, I think we all struggle to overcome procrastinating tendencies. And our computers definitely lend themselves to procrastination! After all, right there at our fingertips are not only all of our friends but also just about any form of entertainment the human mind can conceive of.
We asked Monster.com visitors what the biggest "procrastination causers" on their computers were. Here's what they had to say:
> Playing games 31%
> Chatting with friends on IM 7%
> Surfing the Web 43%
> Goofing off on social sites 14%
> Shopping 5%
I've found that when I'm procrastinating, it's often because the task I'm avoiding is outside my comfort zone -- maybe it requires doing something I don't know how to do, or maybe it's something that'll be very high profile. In other words, for me, procrastination is caused by fear. One way I've learned to beat procrastination is to do just a little bit of the fearful or dreaded activity.
Say I'm procrastinating writing a super-important 40-page presentation. I'll tell myself, "Today, all you have to do is finish the title page. That's it." Once I've actually started a project, it often seems a lot less scary -- and a project seems a lot less scary once it has begun.
Is procrastination derailing your job search? Read "Five Steps to Beat Job Search Procrastination."
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I agree that things that make me uncomfortable can cause me to procrastinate. As a field sale rep, I used to have to cold call customers all of the time, as well as schedule visits with customers, etc. If I was making a trip to a far part of my territory, I would have to schedule several visits with multiple customers. The best way for me to do it was to call new customers first, and then, schedule visits with customers with whom I already had strong relationships. Though it wasn't always comfortable, I would plan to make x number of call before lunch, and x number of call before the end of the day. That way, I broke my day up a little, so I didn't think about it like I have to call 50 customers today.
Posted by: Cody_Edwards | Oct 22, 2011 2:58:02 PM
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