Procrastinators: The One-Item To-Do List
(We're talking about the things you just can't seem to get done -- not the daily stuff like feeding your kids, watering the dog, stocking the refrigerator, etc. You understand that, right?)
I heard this on a radio-shrink show, and it really works (at least it does for me).
Make your to-do lists, sort them, rewrite them, put them on little cards -- whatever it takes to keep you from going insane -- but then PUT THEM AWAY.
I'm talking out of SIGHT, and out of MIND.
Tonight, take out your list, and write ONE THING on a nice clean piece of paper. Put it where your useless "to-do" list doesn't live anymore (because you hid it, remember?).
Tomorrow -- gasp! -- do it!
Tonight -- find your big list, cross off that one thing, and pick another to put on a nice clean piece of paper for tomorrow.
For me, the fear was that everything would take too long -- but y'know, scratching off 7 things a week is 7 more than I was scratching off before.