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21 Steps to Overcoming Procrastination

It’s easier said than done. I know you have heard it all, tried to implement and failed. Welcome to the Club!!

We all have this problem in one form or another. Whether it’s waiting until the last minute to put together your tax receipts, cleaning up the house or doing your homework it comes down to the same thing. YOU don’t want to do it. You can tell yourself you work better under pressure (yeah right) or you are looking for the “opportune time” to start the process. Whatever you call it, it’s the same thing. You have to get into action.

Many of us want everything to be “perfect”. Well, get over it. Because most of the time it won’t be and that’s okay. You can always make it “perfect” later. If you look at the task in its entirety it’s like a huge boulder on your shoulder. Instead of getting the boulder off, we keep sinking deeper and deeper into the pit. Some people can ignore it and move on with other things. Most of us just get this nagging feeling in the back of our mind telling us to get moving and get it done.

Below are a few quick tips and questions to ask yourself so you can push forward:

1. Figure out what has to get done and break the task up into sections

2. Assign a date and time to get small sections of the task done

3. Ask for help if needed

4. Don’t strive for perfection

5. Start where you stand and don’t beat yourself up

6. Realize that everyone has this problem at one time or another

7. Give yourself enough time to get the tasks accomplished without feeling rushed

8. Don’t take on more than you can chew

9. Learn to say no to projects or tasks

10. Figure out what is essential and necessary – forget the rest

11. Have a system – SYSTEM (Save Yourself Stress Time Energy and Money)

12. Figure out whether it makes sense for you to do it or should you delegate it

13. Is someone else better at completing the task

14. Is there a better way to get this done

15. Do not over schedule yourself

16. Is this task going to make money or cost you money if you don’t complete

17. Create a clear picture of how you will feel when the task is completed

18. Link the task to a goal

19. Using your calendar plan the task into your day

20. Figure out your peak performance time slots and plug the task in

21. Give yourself a treat for your much deserved success

These are just a few suggestions to get you started and on your way. Remember, it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon and as Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”.

Carpe Diem

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