Procrastination is one of the biggest contributors to stress. The ironic part about it is that we often procrastinate as a way of coping with stress, but then it adds to our stress because all that we have to do keeps piling up (and doesn’t get done!) I recommend two books to knock you off your procrastination wheel. First is Rita Emmett’s “The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing it Now “. In a matter of six months after reading this book in 2003, I went from being a year behind in my graduate program to having graduated, dissertation written/defended, with a faculty position waiting for me in another state. This book truly shifted my perspective and thinking about time, productivity, and choice.
Another excellent resource for getting things done is the book, “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. This book has been tremendously helpful for me to strike a healthy balance with my work and personal life. The best part of what you will learn with the GTD method is that by having an efficient organizational system to do the things you need to do, you will have more time to spend on what you want to do, and a greater sense of calm and confidence that you can get it all done in time.
~ Roxana Marachi, Resiliency Expert, Campus Calm