Thursday, June 19, 2008
Mark Forster has written three books on time management and personal organization; he recently shared the following thoughts on the Do It Tomorrow Yahoo group. [quoted with permission]
You have correctly identified difficulty in making decisions as one of the characteristics of procrastination. Making decisions is a behaviour which can be learned, just like any other behaviour. You can train yourself to make big decisions by practising making small decisions.
Before you do that, a couple of principles:
1. There are no right or wrong decisions, only decisions with different consequences. You need to train yourself to stop looking for the perfect decision. Instead your attitude needs to be that you take decisions and deal with the consequences.
2. Doing nothing is a decision in itself. You need to train yourself to think that the choice is not between A and B, but between A, B and C where C is doing nothing.
Update, June 19, 2008: Mark now has his whole reply up on his own blog.
Related Post: The Importance of Making Decisions
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