EIGHT WAYS TO STOP PROCRASTINATING NOW
What can you do to accomplish more of what you want to do? Here are some immediate suggestions:
- Choose the easiest place to start. You don't always have to start at the beginning. If that first step seems the hardest, start with another part of the project instead.
- Fix your workspaceIf your set-up is simply not convenient, it will definitely hold you back.
- Work from your to-do list. Tackle the more difficult tasks during your prime time.
- Be realistic about what you can do. Procrastinators often have an unrealistic sense of time; you may have the feeling that a project will take forever or that you have “plenty of time.” The more realistic you become, the less likely you'll be to procrastinate.
- Use the minutes available to you. Remember that even five minutes is enough time to get something done. One or two phone calls or more can be returned in that time.
- Reward yourself. After you meet small deadlines, promise yourself a small treat. When the entire project is completed, think on a little grander scale.
- Create more timeIf 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 jogging, try getting up a half hour earlier each day (or on weekends). If you want to do it, you'll find the time.
- Get started. The hardest part is getting started. Once you're in motion, it will be easier to keep going. You may well find that it isn't as bad as you expected, and once you're involved, you've overcome the highest hurdle.