Doing the job at hand


Focus or procrastination


focus on what you need to do


Have you ever sat down to do some work and you just sit there? You just don’t feel like doing what you know needs to be done. I hate when that happens to me. I find that it leads to a lot of wasted time. I am a believer in the old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but there is work to be done!


No one can work 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.


For me, these times happen because of one of three things is going on in my life. I’m either too tired to work, I’m distracted or I’ve given myself too much work to do and not enough time to do it.


I’m too tired!


This is, no doubt, my number one reason why I don’t feel like doing the work that I need to do. I tend to not sleep very well, at times. I go to bed too late and wake up too early. There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep because I start to think of all the things I need to get done that day. My mind can race and the next thing I know, I’ve gotten 3 hours of sleep. That’s not nearly enough to function all day. On those days, I’m good for about 3 or maybe 4 hours of work before I’m too tired to do anything else.


Believe me, I have way too much to do every day to get it all done in 3 or 4 hours.


I’ve found a reasonable solution to this problem. I take a “power nap,” in the early afternoon. I used to think that naps were for little kids, but one day I just had to lay down. I laid down on my living room floor, just to rest and the next thing I knew I was waking up. I had fallen asleep for about 20 minutes. It took me about 15 minutes to fully wake up, but when I did I was ready to go for another 3 or 4 hours. That’s a total of 6 to 8 hours of working time and I can usually get everything done in that amount of time.


I’m distracted!


I run 4 different businesses. I have lots of things to do every day. I do the best I can with dividing up the day so I can work on all of them during the day. I have times when the business get overlapped in my mind. I’m working on one business and I’m thinking about what needs to be done on another one.


The phone rings a lot and I get distracted by that. I have kids and dogs running around the house and they can get me distracted. Just about anything going on inside the house can potentially be a distraction.


The solution I use for this is to block out my time. I devote 2 hours to each business per day and each business gets a specific time to start and finish. I work in two businesses in the morning and break for lunch and my nap. Then I work on the other two businesses in the afternoon.


I do have to solve problems during the day for all of the businesses, as they come up. That in itself can throw the entire day off the tracks, but I do the best I can to minimize the time lost because of those problems.


too much to do


I have too much work to do!


I usually only give myself the amount of work that I can do in a 2 hour block of time. Of course, the best laid plans often go awry. When something comes up and I can’t finish everything that I need to get done on that day, I try to finish it the next day. There have been many times when this happens several days in a row. That creates a logjam and I have a problem getting motivated to do all of that work in one day. It’s a case of, “I know I can’t do it all, so why should I do any of it?”


If I get to that point I usually just finish the work from the previous day and take the day off for the new day’s work. Yes, that means I’ve lost a day, but I figure it’s way better than having a bad attitude and missing several days or more. The last thing that I want is to miss enough days to break my habits. That could spell disaster.


Those are the 3 mains reasons that I get off track and don’t do the work that I know needs to get done every day. Do you have days like that? What are your reasons for procrastinating? Let me know in the comments section below and we can see if we can find a solution for that problem.



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