So, I don’t remember whether I specifically told you or not, but I’ve just gone out to work on my own.
A freelance what, I’m not exactly sure.. I’m hoping to continue to do what I’ve been doing for a while now – design/user research and user centred design (including information architecture and interaction design), but some other interesting opportunities are out there too… All good fun.
What this means is that I get to work from home quite a bit and am more or less entirely responsible for getting stuff done, or not. Both of these present great challenges for someone who is – I’ll admit it – a bit of a procrastinator.
Fortunately this is not my first stint as a freelancer, and I’ve developed some tactics over the years that have proved a godsend in getting work done and not letting it drag out forever.
My number one favourite technique is called ‘
The strange thing is that, when you feel you *should* be doing something else (let’s call it your primary task) all of the other tasks on your list suddenly start looking sooooo much more appealing.
I find that whilst procrastinating about my primary task, I manage to plough through a pile of things that I didn’t think I’d get to for quite a while.
Sooner or later, my primary task re-engages me, or it moves from being the primary task to a secondary task which – you guessed it, makes it more appealing all of a sudden.
I know I’m not the only person who uses this technique, and it’s not one I made up myself. I’m not sure how universal it is – but if you’re getting desperate, give it a try and see how you go.
Do you have any foolproof procrastination busting techniques?
(Oh, and yes. I’m interested in hearing from you if you’ve got an interesting project – email me at leisa(dot)reichelt(at)gmail(dot)com)