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STOPPING PROCRASTINATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The First 10 Ideas to Consider

 

Before we get to the 10 Ideas to Consider, I want to share a little story.

 

I have been a list maker my entire life.

My family use to tease me about my "To-Do Lists".

One day when I was in my 20’s I visited my parent’s home.

As a joke, my Dad, put  a To-Do List on

the refrigerator that read “HAVE BABY”.

Yes, I was indeed pregnant, and overdue...

I did not think it was funny at the time!

And now here are the first 10:

 

 

 

1. Work from a To-Do list. This is my MOST FAVORITE TOOL. Tackle the most difficult tasks during your prime time of the day.

2.   We all know, the hardest part is getting started. Once you are in motion, it will be easier to keep going. You may find it is not as bad as you expected, and now that you’re involved, you’re began stopping procrastination.

 

3.    Sense of time. Procrastinators often have an unrealistic sense of time; you’re sense is a project will take forever. You think you have “plenty of time”. Being realistic, will help your choice of stopping procrastination.

 

4.Work with the time available to you. One of the techniques I have seen used most often, people estimate that a project will take ten to twelve hours, so they keep waiting for a day when they can devote that amount of time to it. Often, for a procrastinator, that day never comes.

 

5. Remember the even five minutes is enough time to get something done. One or two phone calls or more can be returned in that time.

 

6.   If it seems like there really is no time, carve out a half hour or so from your existing schedule. If you really want to take up a new trait-say jogging, try getting up a half hour or so earlier each day (or on the weekends). If you want to do it, you will find the time.

 

7.    One of the most difficult things for clients to do is minimize interruptions. With cell phones and a constant barrage of incoming e-mails, you may intend to spend fifteen minutes getting started on a new project only to find that you wasted that time dealing with unexpected phone calls and distracting e-mails. Solution: ignore these interruptions for the time you allotted to work on a project.

 

8.   Consider your workspace. Organizing your space for efficiency and productivity is critical.

 

9.     Clear your work area of all else so you don’t let your eyes wander. This will almost assure you of being productive.

 

10. Ending with another favorite-You don’t always have to     start at the beginning. If that first step seems the hardest, start with another part of the project.

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 6 commentsBeth Richardson • October 01 2008 09:50AM
STOPPING PROCRASTINATION
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The First 10 Ideas to Consider Before we get to the 10 Ideas to Consider I want to share a little story. I have been a list maker my entire life. My family use to… more