Tuesday, July 14, 2009

11 ways to end procrastination

We’ve been talking a little bit about procrastination and how it is actually a habit that you have to consciously break…kind of like going on a diet…but for your time! We want to eliminate all the time-wasting activities from your daily diet of time!

So how do you beat procrastination? Here are some ideas:

1. Divide big projects into smaller more manageable pieces.

2. Write it down. This can be listed in no particular order and will give you a handle on just what you need to accomplish.

3. Schedule priority items. One useful way to schedule items in order of priority is to use deadlines.

4. During scheduled times, do what was scheduled. Often people will avoid working on the priority by cleaning their closet which hasn't been done in 7 years or washing dishes or even walls--anything to avoid the priority item.

5. Schedule in breaks and rewards.

6. Find yourself an accountability partner, someone to help monitor your progress.

7. Try to set realistic goals for yourself and your time.

8. Be honest with yourself about how much you can do. Learn how to say `no' if you are unable to take on a task.

9. Make a to-do list and include time approximations for how long each part will take. Always add in extra time for the unexpected or interruptions.

10. Don't be too hard on yourself. The more stressed or worried about what you have to do, the less likely you are to do your work. Concentrate on your strengths and develop a `can do' attitude.

11. Don't be a perfectionist. It doesn't always have to be done perfect, just do it! Go on--admit that you have some fears and anxieties about your ability to get the job done! It isn't all or nothing.

So there you have it, a bunch of great ways to help you beat procrastination…put them into practice TODAY!!

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