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 Slave To Crisis Management

by Kathy Gates


Are you a slave to crisis management? Do you maybe even pride yourself on the fact that you can put out more "fires" in any given day than anyone else you know?

But did you also notice that thereís an emptiness that seems to nag you as well. Yes, you did lots of stuff, but was any of it meaningful? Did any of your actions truly reflect who you are, what you want your life to be about?

When you put things off (procrastinate), you tend to get confused and mix up things that seem *urgent* in your life. All of a sudden, ringing telephones, TV show schedules, the drycleaners closing time, or going to the ATM before breakfast, all become what your life is about. And things that are a true priority to you get relegated to the back burner.

Sound familiar? Itís a natural human trait to do things that we enjoy and that come easily and naturally to us. Procrastinators in particular will focus on attending to "comfort" tasks which are most convenient, interesting, or easily accomplished.

It could mean visiting with friends, or watching TV, hiking, playing a game, surfing the message boards on the internet. It could even be "useful" tasks, such as cooking big meals, or scrapbooking, or walking the dog.

As these tasks are being attend to, however, other tasks begin to pile up, and soon a backlog of responsibilities begin to cry out for attention. Suddenly routine things become urgent, and you are forced to drop current tasks to attend to the urgent things.

NOW...what is urgent has become priority, whether you want it to be or not.

This is where the confusion between urgent vs priority tasks occurs.

Once you have taken care of the tasks which became urgent due to neglect, (this might be getting a tank full of gas, or going to the ATM, or filing a report with a deadline), then itís easy to return to the comfort of the non-priority, non urgent things again. The comfort things.

However, the obvious, the inevitable result is that the cycle begins again, and you will once again be rushing from task to task as it becomes urgent.

Meanwhile, the comfort of the non-urgent, non-priority comfort tasks still lure the you, because it helps you "feel" like youíre actually getting something done.

But deep down, as we started this article saying, you also feel an emptiness, a feeling that you missed something, something important, something valuable to you. A feeling that youíve lost your way.

But if you cling to this HABIT, (and yes, procrastinator, it is merely learned behavior and can be UnLearned with practice), the result is inevitable that you become a slave to crisis management. Itís impossible to establish priorities in an environment such as that.

The stress will overwhelm you. And youíll over and over again seek some solace, seek some stress relief by attending to tasks that are neither urgent nor priority!

Stop the cycle! Choose consciously. Choose according to your priorities. Procrastination will evaporate right before your eyes.

Professional Life Coach Kathy Gates specializes in helping people who are ready to create a simpler, less stressful, more joyful and meaningful lifestyle. Get information on her "Beat The Procrastination Blues" program at www.reallifecoach.com .  


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