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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stop Procrastination in Its Tracks

If you find yourself stalling on important tasks, it might be the onslaught of distractions facing you each day; however, it could also be that you are procrastinating. If it is procrastination, take action:

* Don't know what to do or how it should be done? Make sure to ask, whether that's the client for whom you are performing the task, your manager that has asked you to complete this action or a business advisor / related expert in the community... Once you have such clarification, you'll be more confident, which will make it easier to get started.

* Make decisions based on the best available information and move forward. Gather what details you can, but don't delay unnecessarily if you don't know every conceivable facet.

* If you focus on fewer things at once, you'll get more accomplished faster; then the increased rate of success can fuel even more success.

* Break large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. Bite-sized items are much more likely to be completed so make sure the items on your to-do list are concrete actions.

* Schedule time on your calendar for each task to be finished. Each "what" that has a "when" assigned to it is easier to get done.

* Set a timer for 15 minutes (or whatever you deem a reasonable timeframe), and get started; if you have momentum when the timer goes off, reset it for the same timeframe, and, then, continue as long as you maintain that momentum or until your next commitment.

What tactics do you utilize to overcome your own procrastination?