Tuesday, July 08, 2014
To procrastinate or not
July 8, 2014, 4 PM, first page of my on Blog diary.
After the 4th weekend, I have let myself do whatever but July is my birthday month - for me it is the end of the old and beginning of the new.
As I assess my year I admit that, I have accomplished a lot, but I have also let myself meander from my schedule sometimes for important things, but also because, I tell myself, I am retired. True, I retired by choice to publish my books. Do I still want that? Yes, so to that end I must keep to my schedule - unless on vacations or with family or on Sundays:
1. Up at 8-ish. Except Tuesdays and Sundays: Yoga, Pilates, get ready for the day.
2. A few to-dos and email and office work
3. Writing and editing
4. A few to-dos, dinner.
5. TV, and social media during TV
6. Bed by 10-ish to sleep by 11-ish after I challenge myself in Sudoku and Solitaire while watching Friends and George Lopez.
Today my schedule is whacked, and I don't like the way I changed my side of the office my husband and I share, might put it back the way it was until after the Feng Shui on our house gets done.
While checking my email, I came upon this article: “The Zeigarnik effect: the scientific key to better work - Sandglaz Blog Read it, decided to write about and crunch in a bit of #4-7 until bedtime.
I taught time management in addition to technical and manual procedures, and I am always looking for "more efficient ways to work." The 1921, Bluma Zeigarnik studies demonstrated that adults remember interrupted more than completed tasks, and children were "more likely to recall the uncompleted tasks." Uncompleted tasks will "stay on your mind until you finish them" The Zeigarnik effect drives "media and advertising."
What touched me most is: "Ernest Hemingway once said about writing a novel, “it is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.” But the Zeigarnik effect can be used to positively impact your work productivity." The article addresses the "anxiety" of not completing tasks and why procrastinators like myself are more likely to finish once they start: "the key to beating procrastination is starting somewhere… anywhere."
Want to know more about the Zeigarnik effect and productivity? Read: The Zeigarnik effect: the scientific key to better work.