This is one of the questions at the end of a chapter on Creative Procrastination that motivation speaker Brian Tracy asks in his book, Eat That Frog!
“If is is something you would not start again today, knowing what you know now, it is a prime candidate for abandonment or creative procrastination,” he writes. He asks you and me to examine each of our personal and work activities, evaluate it based on your current situation, then select at least one activity to abandon immediately or at least deliberately put off until more important goals have been achieved.
I know it might seem trivial, but for me, that one activity that I am selecting to abandon immediately is Facebook games, particularly the game Words with Friends. I have referenced my addiction to Facebook games previously in several posts, but most especially in this post called “Pausing before reversing direction again” last year. As I mentioned in that post then:
It’s not…that I think Facebook games…are intrinsically evil. It’s that I need to make room for running, for writing…and for reading.
This time, though, to start, it’s that I need to make room for walking before I build back up to jogging and then only then, maybe running.
So as of five minutes ago, I have deleted all of my Facebook games (yes, again) including Words with Friends and later this morning, I will be heading out for that walk (yes again), my first frog of the day.
Is there one activity that you could abandon immediately that would make you more productive in reaching your goals? If so, what is it?