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Overcome Procrastination - Discover ways to get more done in less time

So What Then Is The Opposite Of Procrastination?

Urgency is the opposite of procrastination. When we have a sense of urgency to get things done, we do them. Something inside motivates us to carry through. One of the most valuable habits you can develop in life is a sense of urgency, an inner drive to get on with it, to get the job done now.

Procrastination Awareness

  • Recognize self-defeating patterns such as fear and anxiety, difficulty concentrating, poor time management, indecisiveness and perfection.
  • Identify your goals, strengths and weaknesses, values and priorities.
  • Compare your actions with your values. Are they consistent with each other?
  • Discipline yourself to use time wisely. Set priorities.
  • Motivate yourself: Dwell on success, not on failure. Break large assignments or projects into small, manageable tasks.
  • Set realistic goals
  • Modify your environment: Eliminate or minimize noise/distractions.
  • Ensure you have adequate lighting and all the necessary equipment at hand to simplify and organize your workplace so everything's within reach.
  • Hire a coach to help move you through the blocks to motivation and that sense of urgency.

5 Ways to Be Aware of Procrastination

  • Create a detailed plan of action Begin by creating a clear, written plan with each part of the plan and each step organized in order of priority. Put an "A," "B," or "C" next to each step. Determine the most important thing you can do to get started and put a circle around that item. A written plan will lead to action.

  • Clean up your workspace Begin with only one thing, the most important thing in front of you. A clean workspace is a real motivator for action. A good time planner can be very helpful in this regard because it keeps you focused on the next task.

  • Separate the urgent from the important Remind yourself that important tasks are usually not urgent. An urgent task is usually not important. Start off working on the tasks that are both urgent and important. Ensure you don't leave anything until the last moment.

  • Start with your most important task People tend to procrastinate on large, important tasks with considerable future value. Successful completion of these major tasks can make a major difference into your life, so plan for them in ways that are manageable for you.

  • Practice creative procrastination This requires that you consciously procrastinate on those tasks that contribute little or nothing to the accomplishments of your major, high-value goals. The difference between effective and ineffective people is that effective people only procrastinate on the things that don't really matter.

    Action Exercise

  • Select one major task where procrastination is holding you back.

  • Create a detailed list of every single thing you will have to do to complete that task?.think on paper.

  • Identify the single most important item on your list and gather everything you will need to start and complete that one item.

  • Set a specific time when you will start and work single-mindedly on that task until it is finished.

  • Break your largest tasks and goals down into bite-size chunks, and concentrate on starting and completing one part of the job at a time.

  • Accept 100 percent responsibility for starting and finishing your major task; refuse to make excuses or rationalize pitting it off.

  • Visualize working with a sense of urgency; program your mind by repeating the words "Do it now!" over and over.

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    Cheryl Vallejos
    Prime Leaders Community

    Where good managers become great leaders!

    President and CEO of Endorse Success, LLC and Prime Leaders Community, Cheryl Vallejos has more than 22 years of experience in organizational business management. Her passion is helping small businesses create big profits. Cheryl's business and personal clients include those wanting career advancement, people starting or expanding their businesses, and those needing guidance and support in setting, meeting, and exceeding their business and personal goals.

    A dynamic and impressive leading-edge coach and consultant, Cheryl has combined extensive business management experience with her highly regarded talent as a certified coach to helping entrepreneurs and businesses improve productivity, cut costs by over 25% and find that elusive extra time in the day for family and friends.

    Cheryl recently launched Prime Leaders Community, an excellent business resource that provides networking, leadership coaching and training, tele-seminars and much more. She has successfully started, owned and operated 3 businesses, and is the author of four books: Injecting The Juice Into Leadership


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