too many choices
I've been reading the book Blink by Gladwell and came across a very interesting marketing study that was done that I feel most certainly pertains to the 'flavor' of procrastination that rears it's ugly head by making us paralized when we feel we have too much to do or too many options to choose from.
Essentially the marketer set up two booths and ran tast tests. One booth had 6 types of jam. One booth had 24 types of jam. The booth with 6 types of jam sold to 30% of the people to did the taste test. The booth with 24 types of jam (you probably guessed it!) - sold to only 3% of the people who did that taste test. So if "normal" folks are overwhelmed and indecisive in the face of too many options imagine how someone with the 'overwhelm flavor' of procrastination might fare!?
Ok to get to my point...Lately I've experienced some success with my microplan-microburst-assess process lately (when I work it). I discussed in another thread why I thought this technique was helpful to me for various reasons. The thought ocurred to me last night that by doing a microplan to limit my next work session to 2-4 distinct actionable items I was effectively going from a '24 variety jam stand' to a '2-4 variety jam stand'. Hence I was able to take action much easier.
It constantly amazes me how we can be so blind to the actions that we instinctively do. I'm going to keep digging though until I've found tools to thwart my weaknesses!