November 18, 2005
Vol. 2, No. 46

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By Leadership University

From the Founder – Mike R. Jay, Master Business Coach ======================================

Leadership & Procrastination = 90/10?

I think procrastination or avoiding as some call it is actually an emergent property of another motivation.

In other words, it’s not like you are trying to avoid something or procrastinate intentionally.

Some people would call it procrastination, or avoidance, and it could be. However in my view, it’s none of those but a person being drawn away from the rote, detail; have to do types of things that are less interesting and much less motivating.

Yet avoiding things serves your other motivations; perhaps low order, low honor, low tranquility, low acceptance, high independence, high curiosity. I don’t know as I don’t have your motivational profile in front of me....another set of things could be entering into the equation. Which, as a matter of fact happen to be the ways you function for specific reasons: you could be pressure prompted, causal, emergent; AND, routine, detail, and other issues could be present that actually serve you best when you avoid things like structure, routine, detail.

This is the reason I suggest to people that the 90-10 rule would work for most people who think they are procrastinators because other people have told them they are their entire lives. In exchange for the 90%, you might give the 10%...hoping to capitalize on perhaps someone’s utility motivation, or even reverse idealism, etc.

Each day has 1440 minutes, your deal with yourself is to use 144 of those in specific focused activity and tasks surrounding what really matters, then receive the remaining 90% to use as you wish, PLUS a bonus of an extra 288 minutes for the two days it’s not required on weekends!

For me (because I’m utilitarian), this is a great tradeoff. YET, I still have trouble doing things that are boring and frustrating for me as well, so even at 90-10, it’s not necessarily easy to do. But give it a try. Watch your productivity sky rocket!

Most people need a coach or someone trained in “importance” inquiry.

A great way to begin is to get your own Motivational Profile Assessment:  .

Here’s to the 10%!


Mike R. Jay, Founder 

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