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Tree SilouetteEvery year people put bulbs in the ground during the fall and the following spring, flowers appear.  People plant seeds to grow their own food and have fresh vegetables all summer long.  When we plant seeds, they of course yield or produce something.  Usually we get what we want because of the conscious effort that goes into the planting.

You also yield results when you put forth an unconscious effort, with the results being not necessarily what you want. The same is so when it comes to procrastination.  Just as trees yield fruit, procrastination also brings forth “fruit”. There are things that show up when you procrastinate that negatively impact your environment.

When you think of a tree you think about its roots, branches and its leaves and the fruit that it bears. There are a number of symptoms when it comes to procrastination, and they represent the roots of the tree. The most common symptoms are being disorganized, more interesting tasks getting your attention, taking on more than you can accomplish and getting a rush when finishing things at the last minute. Chronic procrastinators usually find that one or more of these symptoms are present for them. If you’re a chronic procrastinator, meaning that procrastination is prevalent in your life, you can probably relate to these symptoms.

When you look at the things you put off, you can see the impact. The impact, or what procrastination brings into play in your life are what I call the branches and the fruit of your procrastination. Not good fruit, but fruit nonetheless. It shows up as missed deadlines, causing a project to be delayed and can even lead to the loss of a client and a not so good reputation.

When you look at the impact you see that procrastination can be a pretty potent.  I think that you will agree with me when I say that everything that obstructive procrastination yields is bad fruit.

The majority of clients that I’ve coached through this process found that they are completely disorganized. Their office or work space was a total mess and their computer files and calendars looked the same way. Many have had the overwhelm conversation going on and found themselves distracted by the bright shiny objects when the tasks they didn’t want to complete came up. Needless to say, they experienced the loss of clients, other opportunities and loss of income.

What does your procrastination tree™ look like? Think about what’s at the roots and the fruit your procrastination is bringing forth. Think about who it’s showing up in your life. Are you losing clients, future business as a result of delivering late? How much money are you losing every day because you’re putting things off? Answer these questions for yourself and you’ll begin to see the impact that your procrastination is having on your business and your life.


Productivity Chat

December 16, 2012 Highlights & Key Points

Storified by Sheila Hawkins· Sun, Dec 23 2012 12:27:14

Are you struggling a bit more with the holidays to get things done? There are remedies to stop the madness. Come join me #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Step # 1 If you’re struggling with getting things done, look at your habits. Do they support you? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
“Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.” ~ Nathaniel Emmons #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Habits are not good or bad; they either support you or they don’t. Evaluate your habits to see if they serve you. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Create new habits for the non supportive habits that you have now. Make sure what you creates will serve you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Step #2 Your time management tool: what do you use and does it work well for you? If not, what doesn’t work? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Create new habits for the non supportive habits that you have now. Make sure what you create will serve you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Is the tool you use to manage your time paper or electronic? What don’t you like about it? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
If there are too many things you don’t like about your time management tool it’s time for a new tool-one that fits! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Your time management tool should be a perfect fit for your personality. Find out what tools fit yours then choose the tool #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Step # 3 Evaluate the systems you’re using in your business. Are they streamlined and do they help keep things moving? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
What systems do you use to support your business? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Must have systems: task/time management accounting filing contact management. Determine others you need to go with these #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Remedies to stop the madness: supportive habits, time management tool, systems that help keep you on track #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Stop cringing. Systems are simple: processes, tools, people. That’s it! Define those and create your systems. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Do you have routines when it comes to staying productive? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
I make it a habit to plan my day. That way, I can make every attempt to stay on task. It doesnt always happen. #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Planning is a "must have" when it comes to weekly and daily routines #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder When we don’t plan, we stand the chance of having our days be much less productive than they could be #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
I use outlook but moving everything over to Gmail. That way I can access it from all my apple devices. #productivitychatSylvia
Outlook not so simple. You are right, planning is necessary. #productivitychatSylvia
Some prefer a more simple tool to Outlook. Goes to preference and personality. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder Do you find your apple tools support you all the way around when it comes to staying productive? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Well, I can point my email to go to my device but outlook sits on puter & cant access folders. #productivitychatSylvia
Yes as there are differnt apps to help with organization. Everything updates in real time. Iphone, Ipad, gmail #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Now that makes life work! 🙂 #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Time to wrap things up…check out the tips and key points in the stream to help stop the madness and get things done #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Looking for a way to get it together & start the new year off right? Take Get It Done Challenge #productivitychatSheila Hawkins

Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to managing their time–not being realistic about the amount of time things will take and spending time on tasks that waste time are just a couple that I see all the time.  In my work with clients I’ve helped people with many of these mistakes.  I created my own list of what I believe to be the Top 10 Time Management Mistakes that people make and share it with my clients.  I’m sharing them here with you in this audio. Top10 Time Management Mistakes.

If you’d like the handout that accompanies the audio click to download before you listed to the audio. Top 10 Time Management Mistakes Handout.






To get any job done, you have to have the right tools.  Without them, there will be things that are incomplete or that can’t really happen because of the absence of the right tools.

Today’s society moves at the speed of sound.  We have more information coming at us than ever before and many more demands for our time.  Business owners and employees are wearing multiple hats, within and outside of the business, so effective time management is increasingly at the heart of personal and business culture and is vital to your success.  You cannot afford to have your day control you; you have to control your day.  This means having the right tools  to support you.

What tools do you have that assist you in managing your time effectively?  Do you have the right tool, and if so, are you using it? What other things do you have in place? Do you have a system to support your time management tool?  Below are the right tools for your time management tool box:

  • The right time management tool; one that matches your time management personality
  • A master task list that includes everything that you want, have and dream of doing
  • Daily to-do lists to house the smaller tasks associated with your goals and items on your master task list
  • Supportive habits: planning, prioritizing, goal setting (with a written plan),  and saying “no”.

If these items aren’t in your tool box, consider what adding them can do for you.  If you have a tool for managing your time and it’s not working, it might be because you don’t have a tool that fits.  Find out what type of tool fits your time management personality, add that to your tool box along with the other necessary tools to get the job done.

If you’re challenged when it comes to managing your time, chances are that there are some mistakes that you’re making on a regular basis that are contributing to the problem.  Of all the non-supportive habits I’ve helped people change, there are 10 that I consider to be the most common.  This audio, Top 10 Time Management Mistakes & How to Avoid Them, will give you what I consider to be the top 10 mistakes people make when it comes to managing their time.  It will also give you practical steps that you can take right now to begin making the shift to effectively managing your time.  Top 10 Time Management Mistakes

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