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Your procrastination habits may seem to be very deep rooted and, indeed, they probably are. But that doesn't mean they can't be changed.
Your procrastination habits may seem to be very deep rooted and, indeed, they probably are. But that doesn't mean they can't be changed. Forget everything you have ever been told about laziness, tardiness, lack of application and short attention span; procrastination is about how we think. More specifically, it is about how we allow certain thoughts to morph into beliefs.
If you are a serial procrastinator then you will have some underlying beliefs that are getting in the way of action.
Changing our beliefs is essential if we want to procrastinate less but it isn't easy. So here are 10 quick fixes. They won't mend the engine but they are good for a jump-start.
To be motivating, a goal needs to be challenging enough to stimulate our interest but not so difficult as to be demoralising. Too little challenge and we can't be bothered to start, too much and we don't know where to start.
A stroll in the park, a shopping trip, a cake or a room with a view in New York City - choose a reward to fit the challenge and that's worth the extra effort.
For some of us the idea of losing something is more compelling than the idea of gaining it. Write a cheque to an organisation you can't bear. If you don't get the task done, post it. Ouch.
Procrastinators tend to be super-optimistic when assessing how long a task will take - so there's no need to start just yet. We imagine no traffic, a full tank and perfect directions. Double your estimate for how long the task will take. Better get going.
Tackle the tough stuff first. After that, it will be downhill all the way.
Stand up, change position, go outside; do something to change your mood and your perspective.
We adapt our behaviour to fit in with the people around us. If we mix with a crowd of action heroes and heroines, we are much more likely to kick into action ourselves.
You can't eat an elephant in one mouthful. Break the task into small chunks and identify the end for each bit. Concentrate on one chunk at a time and congratulate yourself each time you finish an element.
Do you feel you need to have an uninterrupted slug of time - say, between 2 and 3 pm - to complete a task? This doesn't need to be the case. Try using four 15-minute slots instead.
Do it just for five minutes. No more, no less. When the time is up to decide whether you want to continue. If you do, commit another five minutes to it. Review and then, if you want, another. And another. If you got this far, you'll be motoring.
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You have worked hard to achieve the success you have right now. In today's highly competitive world, putting attention on cultivating an effective wardrobe will accentuate the professional image that supports your objectives.
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Delivering a workshop for the first time can be a daunting experience to say the least. And like any other skill it can be learned easily, and the more you do it the better you get. To deliver your workshop and know that you have made a lasting positive impact on someone's life in just one day is one of the most rewarding things you can do.