Recently one of our experts, Sharon Melnick, wrote about how to find the mental blocks that make us procrastinate. She’s a Harvard trained psychologist and has been coaching and speaks on procrastination and time management. She lays out the argument that you know what your goals are and the time management tricks of how to schedule and block out your time for important meetings or “think time” to finish projects. Still, what happens is the goals don’t get reached causing stressful situations and personal disappointment.
Melnick says, “The first step to taking action is knowing what your block is. One way you can start to get clarity is to set aside time to do the project that you know you’ve been needing to do. Write it into your calendar, protect the time, and have serious intent to carry it through. When it comes time to do it, notice what images come to your mind. You will have a mental picture that will reveal your block.”
She gives an example of a mental block, the hidden de-motivator, and how to re-frame it or gain a different motivating perspective: “A middle manager at a big state agency needed to finish a high-visibility audit, but he couldn’t get started. His blocks were self-doubt and self-centered thinking. He was worried that the final deliverable would be judged unfavorably and that the recommendations of the audit would be politically unpopular. We changed his focus so he saw the audit as an opportunity to clean up corruption in state agencies, help millions of state consumers get better rates, and protect the environment. He stopped making the project about what others would think about him and started making it about what he could contribute. He was immediately motivated to get started.”
Tip: The first step to taking action is to know what is getting in the way of you doing what you know you should be doing.
Melnick is featured in Success Television’s Time Management and Stress Management training video along with other experts and successful leaders. This corporate training video helps participants learn the self management and communication skills needed to effectively manage their time and efforts and achieve their goals.