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Fighting mental blocks that keep you from doing things you need to get done

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Rambo, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. TGPlastic

    TGPlastic Senior member

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    I suggest that you consider masturbating to internet pornography before you begin any other tasks.
     


  2. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Some days, I just can't be bothered to do some things, and then on others it comes together in a perfect storm of productivity. Usually I wind up kicking myself at some point for all the time I wasted, though.

    But yeah, some things I just have to decide to grab the bull by the horns and start twisting. That decision is pretty damn hard, but it's also empowering, and strangely sometimes I kinda have to give myself permission before I do this. It's weird.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I've been meaning to poast in this threak for a week but just couldn't get myself to do it.
     


  4. orewagundamu

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    I suggest that you consider masturbating to internet pornography before you begin any other tasks.

    LOL
     


  5. BernardMN

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    Don't reply to this fucking post, just immediately go and photograph a few of the things. Just get started. Just a few.

    So true!

    Seriously, there are two thoughts that come to mind. One: Go broke. If you are broke, you'll start snapping them ebay shots fast. Second: Pace yourself. You can make it tolerable by doing it all step by step with a schedule. It sounds like too much to do all at once so that would be a drag anyway. A little at a time and you will have an impact.

    Hopefully this isn't to redundant with anything already posted.
    B
     


  6. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Just an update - camera still sitting on the counter. I returned the photog shit to Walmart because my receipt was out of time. Will have to go rebuy it all. I am completely fucked on this.
     


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    CDFS Senior member

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    ^I do or don't do the same, but then for important stuff. I'm such an asshole.
     


  8. willpower

    willpower Senior member

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  9. TourbillonTurk.

    TourbillonTurk. Senior member

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    I get this not necessarily with tasks but with my studies and deadlines. At the start of my xmas holidays I had 2 essays to complete. One is due in tomorrow with min 1.500 words, have I completed? No. But i´m drinking strong coffee fooling myself that ill study all night and complete it. Its a seriously fucked up situation
     


  10. TM79

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    I've been meaning to poast in this threak for a week but just couldn't get myself to do it.

    I lol'd...

    I'm not sure there's some single trick cure-all to procrastination. I think the solution is different for each person. If thousands of dollars aren't motivating you to get something done... eh, I dunno. Give that shit to me. I'll do it in 48 hours or less and keep a small cut.
     


  11. tphd

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    I'm not super productive but much better than I used to be. I try to make good lists with a clearly defineable goal, and break as many things as possible down into 5 minute action items and give those priority when i have a few minutes. By action items, i mean actionalble things - not "think about AB" / "plan to CD" but "get prices on QRS" and "organize X by Y for Z". Also if something has a due date I put it on my google calendar and have it sms me a reminder before the thing is due, in varying intervals. I try to have nothing sitting in my email inbox. Either gets archived immediately to work / family / advertisements / craigslist labels or it goes into the todo or waiting-on folder. Schedule a review for everything at least once a week. I do get bogged down in lists, but it's not as bad as it used to be. I used to write lists on the back of reciepts and stuff them in my pockets. Now I keep them in notepad++. It's far from perfect, but I'm still working out the kinks. I need to waste less time on the internet but I end up opening a tab to read something and by the time I'm done with the article I have five new tabs open and a new todo list started. I need some software to sort all this info, still working on that. david allan's GTD I read his book and it was pretty good. Lots of great concepts, but the way he does it requires much more paper than I'm comfortable with using. Tim Ferris has a blog entry on how to phrase emails to personal assistants that I found useful in my list making. I don't have a personal assistant bit I have found that if I'm this clear and concise up front when writing my todo list, it helps me tremendously when I am trying to execute on a time crunch. time is valuable.
     


  12. LatinStyleLover

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    Seriously, my dad has this problem really bad. Every room in our house, every single room, is filled with inventory he has purchased to list and sell. He has said he has close to $200K in inventory and it just sits everywhere in plastic bags, on hangers, in storage. He is overwhelmed by it. Once he gets going he cannot stop and gets a ton of work done. The problem is that he suffers from severe pain management issues so once he gets going he really messes up his health and pays the price afterward. In his case it actually has a name: pain induced depression. I am guessing some form of depression, pain induced or otherwise, is the main cause of this issue. It can really suck big time. He wants me to help him. My older brother was supposed to come work for him and get this stuff going. I am going to college full-time, 20 credits. Just made the Deans List again. I can't help him, as much as I would like to. He won't hire anyone who is not family, meaning, one of his own kids.

    This is a real serious problem. It doesn't sound like you are at the point my dad is, yet, but if you are not careful this could spiral out of control. Get a handle on it now before it completely overwhelmes you, seriously.
     


  13. indesertum

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    I'm not super productive but much better than I used to be. I try to make good lists with a clearly defineable goal, and break as many things as possible down into 5 minute action items and give those priority when i have a few minutes. By action items, i mean actionalble things - not "think about AB" / "plan to CD" but "get prices on QRS" and "organize X by Y for Z". Also if something has a due date I put it on my google calendar and have it sms me a reminder before the thing is due, in varying intervals.
    I try to have nothing sitting in my email inbox. Either gets archived immediately to work / family / advertisements / craigslist labels or it goes into the todo or waiting-on folder.
    Schedule a review for everything at least once a week.

    I do get bogged down in lists, but it's not as bad as it used to be. I used to write lists on the back of reciepts and stuff them in my pockets. Now I keep them in notepad++. It's far from perfect, but I'm still working out the kinks.
    I need to waste less time on the internet but I end up opening a tab to read something and by the time I'm done with the article I have five new tabs open and a new todo list started. I need some software to sort all this info, still working on that.

    david allan's GTD
    I read his book and it was pretty good. Lots of great concepts, but the way he does it requires much more paper than I'm comfortable with using.

    Tim Ferris has a blog entry on how to phrase emails to personal assistants that I found useful in my list making. I don't have a personal assistant bit I have found that if I'm this clear and concise up front when writing my todo list, it helps me tremendously when I am trying to execute on a time crunch.

    time is valuable.


    getting things done was a good read, but damn if the system isn't vastly complicated.

    i just use google tasks on my phone. feels so good crossing things off
     


  14. Desi

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    This is something I run into often. Currently as well I have things I want to place on ebay but the whole idea of setting it all up is tiring. In theory I have been organizing my room for the past several years, an ongoing project you can say. Like was mentioned in the thread before, deadlines are great motivators for me. So until I move out I probably will never have my room setup the way I wish it would be.

    Group hug!
     


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    Man you guys must have dishes in the sink with roaches all over them.
     


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