For years many of my clients have struggled to sit down and get to work when they really, really don’t want to (which is most of the time). Most are managers, entrepreneurs or in sales and they have the option of subtly putting things off and procrastinating, and often the urge not to work and surf online instead can be powerfully strong. I call that MASSIVE PROCRASTINATION.

During one session, I brainstormed what I call “Activity Gambling” and it’s actually been really helpful to many of my clients, so I thought I’d share in case anyone else finds it useful.

FIRST:
You need two sheets. On sheet one, draw up a big running to-do list of everything you can think of that you need to do (breaking them down into small tasks). On sheet two, use Excel/Numbers/Word/Pages to develop a horizontal chart with six columns numbered 1 through 6 and 5-10 boxes under each column.

SECOND:
Review your to-do list and pick six single, discrete tasks in a box under each number. Ideally, try to make these tasks take 5 minutes or less (this is the hardest part of this exercise).

THIRD:
Roll a single die and do whatever task is in the column that the die lands on. Cross out that task and list another item in that column and roll again.

FOURTH:
Warning: You might feel a little silly having to do this. But it works and many of my clients LOVE IT. Sometimes they really don’t feel like doing anything on that list. But the minute the die is in the air spinning, they are waiting for a number to land.

CONCLUSION:
The randomness and the act of throwing the die gets them moving. And once they do that first task, they can usually keep it going for quite a bit before they need a break.