I have come to the conclusion that I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome – I often sit at my computer for hours getting nothing done.
Internet Marketing Wiki defines Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) as
the tendency for someone to get distracted by new thoughts and ideas, their own and others, and never focus or complete anything. In effect, the internet marketer is in such a state of constant distraction that they continually lose themselves in imagination and dreaming, instead of seeing the bigger picture and getting things done.
They go on to say that SOS “will commonly result in procrastination, even chronic procrastination and a constant sense of unease and dissatisfaction at not being able to move forward.”
Now that I have identified the problem, I am on the road to recovery. It will be an uphill battle but there is comfort in knowing that I am not alone.
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” – Napoleon Hill
Recently Mashable published a comic by Angela Liao of 20px that identifies 12 Types of Procrastinators. I can relate to at least six but the Sidetracker and the Internet Researcher probably describe me the best. Which one (or two) are you?
Luckily Mashable also supplied a link to a post by Sarah Ang on 7 Productivity-Boosting Tools to Fight Procrastination. I may have to start using “Strict Workflow” this week. It is a Chrome extension that helps you stay focused by blocking sites for 25 minutes then letting you browse for a 5-minute break.
I’ll be back soon with a post on business insurance, as soon as I finish researching it …