November 18, 2005
Vol. 2, No. 46
Published Weekly on Fridays
By Leadership University
From the Founder – Mike R. Jay, Master Business Coach
Leadership & Procrastination = 90/10?
I think procrastination or avoiding as some call it is
actually an emergent property of another motivation.
In other words, it’s not like you are trying to avoid
something or procrastinate intentionally.
Some people would call it procrastination, or avoidance,
and it could be. However in my view, it’s none of those
but a person being drawn away from the rote, detail;
have to do types of things that are less interesting and
much less motivating.
Yet avoiding things serves your other motivations;
perhaps low order, low honor, low tranquility, low
acceptance, high independence, high curiosity. I don’t
know as I don’t have your motivational profile in front
of me....another set of things could be entering into
the equation. Which, as a matter of fact happen to be
the ways you function for specific reasons: you could be
pressure prompted, causal, emergent; AND, routine,
detail, and other issues could be present that actually
serve you best when you avoid things like structure,
This is the reason I suggest to people that the 90-10
rule would work for most people who think they are
procrastinators because other people have told them they
are their entire lives. In exchange for the 90%, you
might give the 10%...hoping to capitalize on perhaps
someone’s utility motivation, or even reverse idealism,
Each day has 1440 minutes, your deal with yourself is to
use 144 of those in specific focused activity and tasks
surrounding what really matters, then receive the
remaining 90% to use as you wish, PLUS a bonus of an
extra 288 minutes for the two days it’s not required on
For me (because I’m utilitarian), this is a great
tradeoff. YET, I still have trouble doing things that
are boring and frustrating for me as well, so even at
90-10, it’s not necessarily easy to do. But give it a
try. Watch your productivity sky rocket!
Most people need a coach or someone trained in
A great way to begin is to get your own Motivational
Here’s to the 10%!
Mike R. Jay, Founder
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