borrowed Nike's slogan as the title to
this piece because the topic itself -
procrastination and how to avoid it -
sounds far too uninspiring and when we're
in the procrastination pit, we need all
the help we can get!
can be a problem for anyone, and, in business
as well as life, the frustration it causes
can be crippling. Somewhere, there is
probably a reason you are postponing things.
While you're thinking about the cause,
there are some simple steps you can take
to help ease the symptom.
get your project moving past inaction,
it can be helpful to define clear goals
and actions for yourself. First, draft
a general plan. Determine the desired
outcome. What actions are necessary to
make it happen? Work out how much time
you will need and set a realistic deadline.
refine the plan by getting rid of distractions.
Prioritise all actions - placing distractions
at the bottom of the list and setting
achievable deadlines for each activity.
Then break up larger tasks into smaller,
more manageable actions. Only undertake
one task at a time and complete it fully
before moving on. If you need to, delegate
tasks to others. Don't struggle to do
it all on your own if you don't have to.
most important thing is to start somewhere.
Once you've made a start, the whole undertaking
will seem less daunting. Starting small
is a good way to get going. Write down
two or three tiny tasks that can be completed
in five minutes. Do one immediately! Cross
it off your action list, which has now
begun to shrink. Doesn't that feel good?
people are prompted to action by having
visible reminders around them. Put lists
and notes where you can see them. It also
helps to be aware of your most productive
time during the day. Use the time when
you have the most energy for your most
important tasks. If you feel an impulse
to take action, do it immediately! When
you've had enough, stop.
accountable can really help get you out
of the procrastination pit. Make a commitment
to the deadlines you've set for each action.
Tell someone - your partner, friend or
coach - when the deadlines are and ask
them to hold you accountable.
importantly, be kind to yourself. Let
yourself enjoy a sense of achievement
each time you complete a task and give
yourself rewards. This will help keep
you motivated and enjoying what you're
doing - a sure fire way to get things
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