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This Month's Topic: Procrastination

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In this newsletter, we will take a further look at Procrastination. The Video of the Month will look at it more scientifically than Tim Urban's TED speech does. Our Article of the Month will point out some interesting facts about getting started with tasks that need to be done.

And as always, we have a new coach for you: Dr. Eric Liebich. He has been in leadership positions in health care for over 24 years and would be happy to share his executive experience as well as newly acquired coaching skills with you.

Visit the coaching area on myEBS, register, select a coach and book an appointment, or contact us. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

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Video of the Month: Why do we procrastinate?
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How to start the task you've been avoiding
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There are often certain points in our lives where we tend to avoid doing something or performing a task. It could be a work-related task, a home chore to be completed, a social event to be attended, or a confrontation with someone. Even as you read this article now, I bet there is something you have been avoiding to do or failed to do throughout the whole day, the whole week or the whole month.

Maybe, you have not gotten to that point of executing that task or you simply feel that task will be easy to accomplish and, hence, slow down getting to it, wasting valuable time in the process. There are even times we find ourselves right in front of a task that needs to be completed but find ourselves setting it aside. Now, the particular saying, “I will do it later,” is what separates productive and successful people from the rest of those still stuck in the limbo of actually getting a task done now and just brushing it away to avoid doing it.

Procrastination is indeed a thief of time. The more one avoids performing a task or confronting a situation, the more that particular task or situation amplifies. Avoiding a task at a time when you could theoretically do it, will eventually lead to you getting overwhelmed in getting it done.

However, doing all your tasks as they come and avoiding procrastination isn’t easy. Getting to this point is a continuous path.

“The biggest challenge to moving forward on anything is the transition to working on it.
  It almost always represents a shift from doing something comfortable (a warm bath, sending simple emails, knocking straightforward tasks off a to-do list, completing transactional conversations) to doing something uncomfortable (a cold bath, starting that proposal, initiating that hard conversation, facing a blank page). We tend to think that getting traction on our most important work requires that we be skilled and proficient at that work — but that’s not quite right. The real thing we need to be skilled and proficient in is moving through the moment before the work.”

Peter Bregman has discovered three steps to help you make those transitions:

Start with willpower. It is a common view in science that willpower is unreliable. However, we have to distinguish willpower in a moment from willpower over long stretches of time. The first one is much more reliable than the second one. That’s why taking it one day at a time is a successful approach when it comes to giving up bad habits. “In some cases, you just need to force yourself through a moment to get to the other side.”

Commit to repetition. The “plunging” gets easier with time. Your body slowly gets used to it. After doing it multiple times, next time you’re looking to start writing your essay, your mind will be like, “Are you really sure you want to do this? Stay in this comfortable warm tub!”, but your hands will already be typing the first sentence.

Benefit from adaptability. The last step is to realize that it actually gets easier, to be conscious about your success. So, you started your essay sooner, you practiced for your exams, you’re done with your work – what are you going to do now? Why not visit some recruiting event or message that manager at company X whose work you’ve always found impressive? Leaving procrastination behind puts you in control and opens all doors for success.
Original article: https://hbr.org/2018/05/how-to-actually-start-the-task-youve-been-avoiding/
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Coach Introduction: Dr. Eric Liebich
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Dr. Eric Liebich has been Director of the rehab center Godeshöhe e.V., Bonn - Bad Godesberg since 2014. In over 24 years of leadership experience in health care, he had to face countless situations, in which structural approaches were necessary. Being in charge of many other leaders, he decided to become a coach in order to learn to unleash their hidden, yet-to-be-discovered potential.

Due to his executive activities, Dr. Liebich is often in touch with various embassies of countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other international actors.
  Thus, over the last few years, he had the chance to experience interactions with many different cultures.

His strengths are structural thinking, confidence, the ability to express himself, both in writing and verbally, as well as his ability to work in teams. A weakness he states is time management: “When I’m very interested in a certain topic, I tend to invest lots of time in it.”

Dr. Liebich considers himself a good listener. A coachee can always expect his full attention. However, he is not a passive coach and knows to ask the right and, most importantly, precise questions. At the same time, he expects the coachee’s full attention and openness.

In his free time, he’s engaged in various governmental activities, such as the Advisory Board for the Disabled, Phase II e.V. or the Neurorehabilitation NRW e.V. And when there’s still time left, he likes cycling, playing guitar, listening to music or tinkering with remotely controlled helicopters.

Dr. Liebich is married and has two children.

He would be very happy to use his newly acquired coaching skills and business experience to help you succeed in your career. Dr. Liebich is offering coaching sessions in German. Contact us to book an appointment with him!
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