Procrastination: Inspiration from Jurgen Wolff

I am honored to receive a monthly update from Jurgen Wolff ~ it is one of few emails that I actually read and re-read, vs. toss. Here is what I felt most inspired by from Jurgen’s most recent note:

Put the Zeigarnik Effect to work for you to overcome procrastination
©Jurgen Wolff, recounted that while in a restaurant, Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik noticed that waiters remembered orders only until the customers had been served, then they forgot them. She did some lab tests that showed that people who were interrupted during a series of tasks remembered more of the ones they completed.

The upshot is that when you start something, it stays in your mind until you finish it. If you don’t start it, you find it easier to put out of your mind.

The implication for procrastination: start the task you’re avoiding. Even if you do just a little, that will keep it on your mind and make it more likely you’ll return to it.

ACTION: If there’s a task you’ve been avoiding, spend five or ten minutes starting it today.

above text: ©Jurgen Wolff,


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain

Have a great week! Love & Sincerely, Katie

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