Here is an aha! moment: I learned that if I stare at materials related to a task long enough... my mind begins to think of doing something about them. And then... I do them.
Now that I'm not (currently) pressured by deadlines, I find myself focusing my attention and doing quality work and getting things done.
A similar phenomenon happened last week. I was staring at my "read" emails and I began sorting them and deleting many. What a good feeling!
I realized, though, that there were certain conditions that I've created for this to happen. The three (3) things I did:
Responsibilities that I refused:
Being part of another work group/committee, teaching additional classes, attending conferences, signing up for training, writing story drafts, and more.
Distractions I avoided:
Watching YouTube videos, reading another business article, opening my smart phone, reading from my iBook, playing online games, checking my Facebook news feed, texting friends, visiting co-workers in their offices, and more.
You have to do what you have to do.