Time Management: The Key To Success (April 21, 2017)

There are hundreds of books written on the subject of time management.

Recently I just finished reading, The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore (Penguin, 2007).

This book is about procrastination - obviously a big issue when it comes to effective time management.

We have all dealt with the problem of procrastination - the putting off of some project that we need to or should do.  Sometimes the procrastination is just laziness.

As Mark Twain said:  "Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow."

I have read so many books on time management that I always open a new book with a little cynicism - what new ideas could this writer have?  But, Fiore's book did present the subject of procrastination in a new way.

Fiore argues that procrastination has nothing to do with laziness but rather with our own built-in self defense mechanisms against failure, authority, perfectionism, and/or change.

"Procrastination is a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision."

Fiore believes that people resist starting projects (procrastinate) for a variety of reasons, the most common of which are:  (a) fear of failure, (b) resistance to HAVING to do something rather than CHOOSING to do something (rebelling against authority), and (c) fear that the finished work product will never be good enough (perfectionism).

In tomorrow's blog we are going to discuss what Fiore calls a Procrastination Log and how to make and use one to beat back the urge to procrastinate.

Jim Randel is the founder and author of The Skinny On book series, condensed explanations of important life skills.  Randel's books are currently best sellers in China - three of his e-books in the top 100 best-selling e-books in China.  The Skinny on Time Management is #10 on the e-book best seller list in China, and #2 on Amazon.com's list of best-selling e-books in Chinese.