Are you creative, sensitive and intelligent?

Of course, you are! And that’s why you procrastinate, says David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

I was listening to an abridged, audio version of Allen’s book this morning while I was walking my dog Ginger, and I was relieved to learn that I must be creative, sensitive and intelligent, too.

From years of consulting, Allen has concluded that “it’s the brightest and most sophisticated folks who have the most stuck piles in their offices, homes and heads.”

People like us procrastinate starting a project, Allen says, because “their sensitivity gives them the capability of producing in their minds lurid nightmare scenarios about what might be involved in the project, and all the negative consequences that might occur if it weren’t done perfectly.”

Who doesn’t procrastinate? “Often it’s the insensitive oafs who just take something and start plodding forward, unaware of all the things that could go wrong,” Allen says.

What’s the solution? “Intelligently dumbing down your brain,” Allen stresses.

Figure out what Allen calls “the next action.” What’s the first step you need to take to get started on a big project? Begin breaking down the project into small steps.

–Joy

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