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By Lana M.

I came across an article recently about procrastination.

Per the author, the reason why people delay doing something is because they are essentially only able to work for the short term gain, and generally only envision the short term reward for completing a job.

Anything that takes some time or more effort is routinely put off, as there are other more mundane and simple tasks that can create a reward.

You can see the full article here — and it reminds me of classic psychology classes I attended as a teenager.  Essentially all of life’s actions can be described as stimulus response, and in the case of procrastination, it comes down to the idea that man is always going to go for the closest and nearest reward.

The recommendation at the end of the article is that if you want to raise productivity then divide your work day into 25 minute slots, and at the end of the 25 minutes of work, give yourself 5 minutes reward of a coffee, or Facebook time, or the equivalent.

Sorry, but articles like this (and there are so many of them floating around this planet) show that there is little understanding for what man is, how he works, and how to improve his lot.

The truth of it is, if you want to raise productivity there is some simple tech to apply – and it does not involve dividing your day into 25 minute slots.

Try TR 0 on your work place – or on a specific work project you have been putting off. Take the time to get your TRs in on the job.

Do reach and withdraw on the area or project.

And look for misunderstood words or symbols relating to, or part of the project. Get them cleared up.

Miraculously, the project gets done. And it has nothing to do with the reward or whether you got a cup of coffee afterwards. It has to do with finding the real reason why the job was not being done, and getting that confronted or handled.

Just love the book Problems of Work. Read it over 30 years ago and I still find vital tech to improving work when I restudy it.

4 thoughts on “Not done yet

  1. You said it. There are SO many workable principles in the Problems of Work which, if applied, make work so much easier…..how to handle a confusion for just one.
    And then there is also the principle balancing the two actions of coping with and organizing an activity which LRH described elsewhere. And then there are the Conditions of Existence to be applied. And ARC…. KRC….. Avoiding a skipped gradient. The Target Series. The Data Series.
    Thanks to Ron we have so many tools for getting things done that it’s just a matter of applying them to whatever we want to do!

  2. Years ago I had a procedure/process conflict: which procedure would be the most efficient and successful for a particular purpose.

    I sat and thought about it with deep concentration. This is the thought that occurred to me:

    “The Validity Of A Process Is Determined By The Quality Of It’s Outcome”

    What this statement finally handled for me was how to evaluate a process.

    Your evaluation of the process above by comparing it to TR-O is based on not an outcome, but on an assumed value that TR-O is better. It may be better for some or for all people, but it may not be.

    I have found that making a process arbitrarily more valuable with thoughts like, “Jesus says, Ron says etc, discounts the actual value by testing the outcome of an apllied process.

    It may be true that what was stated above about the 25 min theory is in fact true. It may not be also.

    What is important is the outcome, not the worship of technique and process.

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