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The Carryover

Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. James Baldwin

What's still on your list?

It’s time to get IT done! Working on my to-do list this morning. There’s a specific task that seems to just move from one day to the next – that’s my IT. Somehow, that task just doesn’t seem to get completed. Somehow – right? Clearly, I’m not doing it. Delving into the why behind procrastination brings up questions about work habits, productivity and personal tendencies.

For many, the first thing we do is begin the internal boxing match. You and your inner voice battle over many questions, like “What’s wrong with you?! Are you being flaky? You could have finished that 20 times over,” and on and on. Self-deprecation has no value and often makes the job at hand appear harder than it really is. Instead, let’s look at why we tend to defer certain tasks while tackling others like a Raiders Middle Linebacker.

What’s Your Motivation?

As the Baldwin quote above suggests, approaching a difficult or challenging task without some level of enthusiasm all but guarantees that you’ll be slogging through every single second, watching the clock tick down. There’s no way that every single task can be fun, but you can approach it with an attitude that says, “if there’s fun to be had in this, I’m going to find it!” That may even mean setting up a celebration for the completion of the work. Rewarding yourself for a job well done, even when no one knows it’s finished but you, can be enough to encourage a smiling attitude. So go ahead, tell yourself to smile in the midst of that tough item on the list. Write a message to yourself on a post it and pop it on the edge of your screen. (Mine says “Keep On Going.”) Let’s Go!

Be a WINNER: Cross off one carryover task on your sheet today then CELEBRATE! EMail your cross off success story to and we’ll choose two winners who will receive a $10 Starbucks card.

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