My former colleagues will surely recognize this week’s post since it’s been one of my personal mantras for many years.
The imperative is twofold: to overcome procrastination and to avoid any inclination to skimp on quality or effort.
Are you putting off having that difficult conversation with a coworker?
Have you caught yourself scrolling through social media instead of responding to that important email?
Are you tempted to “phone it in” for your contribution to that group project?
Have you set an exercise goal but find yourself watching “just one more episode” of your favorite series on Netflix?
This simple expression will kickstart your brain into action mode and, at the same time, send a signal that you are expecting a high standard for yourself.
Particularly at present, when many of you are working remotely without the physical presence of supervisors or colleagues to support your efforts in person, it’s especially helpful to train the voice inside your head to provide words of encouragement and inspiration whenever possible.
Want to make this mantra stick? (Pun intended. Read on.)
Write it on Post-it notes and place them around your home or office as a reminder of your commitment to a more motivated you.