Mindful Moments: Stories and Lessons of Procrastination

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The Virtual Workspace Quagmire

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OK, so a lot of us are self employed these days. According to fastcompany.com working smart for yourself is a question of three disciplines: time management, money management, and expectations management. That’s a lot of managing for a one human shop.

Their recommendation for time management? To help make a psychological transition to work without the physical commute. They suggest that a familiar, comfortable and isolated work environment is important. “The key is to train your brain that when you’re in this space, it’s time to work.” Good advice!

But what about our virtual work environments? As soon as our workday touches the internet we’re placed in virtual environments which are usually designed to keep our attention for as long as possible. In short, the internet can take us out of our carefully constructed work environment as easily as any physical distraction can. That’s why I talk about a virtual workspace quagmire (I love saying “quagmire”.)

So how can we procrastinate less when we’re working online? The choice seems to be between going cold turkey, learning from feedback, and creating incentives for yourself. Leechblock helps you block off websites you’ve pre-programmed during set business hours. ProcrasDonate gives you a procrastination gauge at the top of your screen so you can always see how you’re doing and also lets you set up a charitable incentive to improve your time management.

As one of the founders of ProcrasDonate I have tried our system and I actually find it fun to use. But I’d love to hear about your experience using these or other solutions. What works for you?

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Written by clayward

April 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Posted in tips, work space

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