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Welcome to my first Thoughtscape newsletter. I've kicked-off with six ways to get over putting things off, so you can start the new year with a burst of productivity.
Some of us lose most of our time, because we fritter it away, doing nothing very much. This is easier than doing something important, which takes concentration and involves the possibility of failure.
So, rather like a hedgehog, it is, perhaps, easier to curl up into a little ball of inaction: it feels safe. Of course, most of us feel uncomfortable with total inaction, so we replace meaningful activity with meaningless “” activities. This is procrastination; putting off what we know we need to do.
Here is a sample of six ways to beat procrastination and get things done.
Procrastination is comfortable
Work in small chunks
Choose your moment
Hi, I'm Mike Clayton, thank you for reading my newsletter.
2010 was a great year for me, professionally, with three new books published: Handling Resistance, Brilliant Influence, and Brilliant Time Management. I am especially pleased with Handling Resistance as I am unaware of any other book that competes with it, although, in the change management area, Rick Maurer's fabulous "Beyond the Wall of Resistance" is into its second edition.
You can buy all of my books - and
Rick's, from Amazon.
... and three more coming!
My next book will be called Shift Happens! Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects. It is very nearly finished and goes off to my publisher at the end of the month.
I have already started working on Brilliant Stress Control and have set myself the challenge of acting on what I write! As Richard Bach said:
"You teach best
And, breaking news, just before
Christmas, I got the green light for my fourth book in Pearson's Brilliant
series, Brilliant Project Leadership. This is a book I am especially
looking forward to writing.
My focus this year ...
This year, I will be focusing on my writing, responding to press enquiries, and building up my speaking career. Last year, I gave 16 keynote talks and conference seminars. I am hoping to double that to 30+ this year.
If you know a conference organiser
who is looking for an engaging speaker with great testimonials, please do
send them to my website at
www.mikeclayton.co.uk. And if you need a speaker now, just
contact me using the special
form on my website.
All that remains is to wish you a very happy New Year, and to hope that you will enjoy reading my regular newsletters.
This is my first newsletter, and you have received it because you have either: done business with me at some time, or worked with me in the past. I recognise you get an awful lot of email and I don't want to add unwanted inbox clutter. I do intend to give useful tips and thoughts, but if you don't wish to get any more, I will understand, so just click the unsubscribe link and send me a message.
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