At the end of the day, we all know what needs to be done. So what is stopping us from just getting on and doing it?
I had an interesting conversation with someone yesterday and it rang a few bells for me.
There is a theory around change called the Formula for Change created by two guys called Richard Beckhard and David Gleicher and is sometimes called Gleicher’s Formula (you can find out more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_for_Change )
The formula is fairly simple
D x V x F > R
Three factors must be present for change to take place. These factors are:
D = Dissatisfaction with how things are now;
V = Vision of what is possible;
F = First, concrete steps that can be taken towards the vision.
R = Resistance to the change
If together DxVxF is greater than the resistance then change is possible. But all three must be present and of high values to get a high result.
So what has that got to do with time management?
Well, let’s think of the formula terms of how we spend our time and our motivation to get on and do the things we procrastinate over.
D = dissatisfaction with how things are now. What is the pain of staying where you are? If it is something that can be put off you may feel that the pain is not big enough to push this along. Try creating some pain. Set a deadline and share it with someone who will hold you accountable. Someone who will make you feel bad if you are not living up to your agreement.
V = vision of what is possible. How good will things be when this is done? Will you feel relief or is it just something else to score off your list. Increase this pleasure factor by creating some reward when it is complete. Something you will look forward to, a break, some candy, playing a game, chatting to friends – whatever gives you that thrill factor.
F = First concrete steps. Are you crystal clear on what needs to be done to get started? Not the whole task, just the first steps. Break them down till they are very clear baby steps. Making a call; looking up a website; checking a book from the library; mapping out a project etc.
R = Resistance to doing the task. Mostly our resistance to the task is not a conscious reason, so it is hard to influence this. If you find yourself resisting certain types of tasks you may want to ask yourself why this is the case. Is there a bad experience you are remembering? Do you find this type of work boring? Whatever the reason if you can figure out where the feeling comes from then you stand a better chance of trying to address it.
So next time you find yourself putting something off , think of these elements and try and rebalance the equation.
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