Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.
This week, Reach author Andy Molinsky rejoins us to talk about the creative ways we manage avoidance of things we don’t want to do — and what we can do to break the habit.
Let’s get to it!
The Cheat Sheet:
- Avoid the task entirely. Structuring our lives around the tasks we want to avoid. Example: staying away from networking events, even if we know we could benefit from going to them.
- Doing the task, but only part way. Accomplishing the part of a task that’s slightly more comfortable than the rest of it. Example: Going to a networking event, but making an excuse for leaving early.
- Replacing the task. Convincing ourselves that doing an easier task makes up for the task we don’t want to do. Example: Being active in social media because we don’t want to go to networking events.
- Procrastinating. Putting off tasks so we can avoid doing them until later (or possibly never). Example: Not responding to networking event invitations in time to actually make the events.
- Passing the buck. Having someone else do the task we don’t want to do. Example: Sending an assistant to the networking event we’d rather avoid.
- Rationalizing that the task’s not important anyway. Example: Telling ourselves we don’t need networking events because our own hard work will ensure success.
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