September 27, 2007

A Different Approach to Overcoming Procrastination - Tapping

Okay. Those of you that know me personally know that I'm open to anything new at least once. Therefore, let me give you my little disclaimer and say that I'm not necessarily a full-blown believer in this, but I am trying to give you options. I stumbled upon this video featuring a newer treatment for overcoming emotional limitations. It's called Tapping.

Some of the principles behind Tapping are also found in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Essentially, you use a tapping motion to isolate key acupressure points throughout the body. The video below has been specifically created to help you overcome procrastination. To get the most obvious change, apply it to something you really don't want to do. You might not instantly feel like you are eager to do it, but you should at least find it a little easier. If you are new to Tapping, the process might seem a bit strange, so you might want to watch the introductory video for Tapping.

Check it out the video below and let us know what you think of Tapping.

Overcoming Procrastination: Avoiding Technological Temptations

With all the gadgets and doo-dads we have these days to keep us "up-to-date," "tuned-in" and "ahead of the game," it is no wonder that these very same gadgets can create an environment ripe for procrastination. Who hasn't been in the midst of some major analysis or report only to flip over to your instant messenger or cell phone for a "quick break?" Yeah, yeah, hour later you're still sending text messages to every friend in your contact list. Been there. Done that.

So here are some quick tips that will streamline your technology and keep you on the right track.

1.) Organize your e-mail inbox using the 4-D plan. You'll want to create a folder or some other type of indicator for the first three categories. The last category should be pretty self-explanatory:

  • Do it now

  • Do it later

  • Delegate it

  • Dump it

2.) Reduce e-mail distractions. Turn off that annoying little pop-up box or sound alert that lets you know every time you have a new e-mail. This is especially important when you are trying to focus on an important project. It's hard to have laser focus when you have a ding ringing in your ears every few minutes.

3.) Turn off your instant messenger program. Yep, I know you're thinking, "I'll just go dark and make myself invisible to everyone." However, you still get little distractions every time someone logs on or off. And heaven forbid should someone IM you while you're "offline." Do yourself a favor and just turn it off completely. Believe me, that stack of books or papers on your desk will thank you.

4.) Turn off your cell phone. I'm going to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and assume that you understand that it is incredibly impolite to have your cell phone on during important meetings, classes, business lunches, training sessions, etc. So, I'm just going to skip right over that. Instead, I'm referring to the period when you are working on important "have-to-get-it-done" type work. Even keeping your phone on vibrate can be distracting, so just do yourself a favor and turn it completely off.

5.) Let people know that you are still alive in an analog world. When you go "completely dark" and turn off all of your electronic gadgets, you are bound to get those messages asking if you are still alive. To preclude this reaction, you can send an e-mail to all pertinent parties telling them that you will be "out-of-pocket" during specific hours or for a certain duration. You could also set up an auto-responder e-mail that would automatically be mailed to anyone that e-mails you. In either case, you would want to provide a way of reaching you in case of an emergency.

September 26, 2007

On the Road Again: An Apology

Okay, I'll admit it is a little ironic that it is "Overcoming Procrastination" month and there have been very few posts from me. It has been a little hectic at Supernova Central, and well, I have not had as much time to devote to regular posts. But enough excuses...

I'm back in town from what was a really fantastic convention in Coralville, Iowa. Therefore, I commit to giving you some meaty content between now and the end of the month to help overcome your own procrastination demons. That's a promise.

Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you enjoy what's to come.

September 6, 2007

The Angels Are Singing With Luciano Pavarotti

As many of you know, I spent the early part of my career as an opera singer, and I studied and admired many of the greatest opera singers around. But I think most people would agree that the greatest modern opera singer in the world was Luciano Pavarotti.

It is with great sadness that we honor his passing on September 6, 2007 in Modena, Italy. He died quietly in his bed of pancreatic cancer.


Many people knew him as one-third of the troupe The Three Tenors. However, he became the people's tenor when in 1990 he opened the World's Cup with his signature song, Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot.

Listen to a recording of Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma.
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Heaven has one more amazing singer for its choir of angels. Rest in peace, Luciano. You will be greatly missed!

September 4, 2007

Procrastination: A Day in the Life

I would be a big, fat liar if I said I've never procrastinated. Who hasn't? In fact, I saw this little video and thought, "Wow! How did they catch me?"

Hollar back if this has ever been a day in your life, too. And don't fret, because tomorrow we're lauching the first strategy to overcoming procrastination!

September 1, 2007

September is Overcoming Procrastination Month

Schools are officially back from summer vacations, and offices are in full swing as they prepare for the upcoming holiday season. This time of year is hard to really get moving, because your brain is still on vacation...but your professors/bosses want results. This is when the procrastination bug really hits me hard. How about you?

We all know that time is one of the most valuable resources, and that we should not waste this precious commodity. (I'm preachin' to the choir, right?) You probably also know that unlike money, gold and other material things, the time we spend can never be recovered. Yet, one of the biggest time wasters in people’s lives continues to be procrastination.

Well, some people believe that procrastination may be a hard habit to break, because it is a behavior that is learned early in life, and is hard wired into our subconscious mind. So we're going to help you overcome the procrastination demon this month, because we think it is something that can be reversed with a tiny bit of practice.

Stay tuned as we bring you all sorts of tips, tricks and new podcasts to help you overcome procrastination. And remember...