Six Steps to Conquering -- OK, Managing -- Procrastination
This article is taken from MSN Site:
Decide if you really want to do the task. Maybe its benefits aren't worth the
If you want to do the task, do you want to do it now or schedule the darn thing
on your calendar?
Identify the moment of truth: The moment you're about to procrastinate. That
moment occurs when you realize you should do the task, or when you reach a hard
part. At that moment, say aloud, "Stop!" Literally pinch yourself for
sliding back into your wicked ways, and make yourself summon the energy and
discipline to get started. That's when you have to believe, "Right now,
it's in my interest to be productive rather than to have fun." After
starting, you'll find it easier to continue. If that doesn't work, proceed to
3A: Ask yourself, "What's
making me reluctant to do the task?" Your response may be: "It's going
to be hard" or "I'd rather do something fun." Now come up with a
you're afraid the task will be difficult. Remind yourself you can divide it into
small bites, and when you reach a tough part, you probably can ask for help.
you're tempted to do something fun instead of the task, ask yourself whether the
short-term relief is worth the long-term consequences. It's your call.
4: Commit to a small amount of effort, for example, three phone calls. Work
at being efficient during that time. Ask yourself, "Is this the straightest
line to finishing the task?"
5: When you're finished, ask
yourself if it was worth the effort to complete the task.
Step 6: Block out some time for pure, unadulterated, guilt-free fun.
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