The Evils of Stop-and-Go

Can any of us even count the number of times we’ve started a weight loss program? A book we know we “should” read? A consistent program of business follow-up?

Chances are good that you’re willing to believe stop-and-go driving decreases the fuel efficiency of your car and puts undue wear on it.  So why is it so hard to accept that stop-and-go business practices are equally counterproductive?

In my experience, I’ve found there are a number of factors that lend themselves to a stop go stop go stop go stop approach.  Do you see yourself in any of these situations?

You get the point. It’s so easy to be thrown off course that most of us, in a typical day, start a dozen or more activities and finish – if we’re lucky – two or three of them. That way lies madness and a really crappy bottom line.

So…What can you do to get in the habit of focusing so that you complete what you start? Give the following strategies a try and see which work best for you.


Are you already using these or similar self-management tools? If so, what works best for you? Now would be a great time to brag so that the rest of us can pick up some additional tools for the times when those lovely bright shiny objects appear to lure us away from what we’re supposed to be doing.

By the way, thanks to LeahNicor and TheMarque for the traffic signals and bullseye, respectively. I found these images on flickr.

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