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7 Simple Steps to Stop Procrastinating

May 18, 2008
Are you a victim of laziness, a root cause of procrastination? Do you often suffer because of what you initially considered as easy has turned difficult with the loss of time, and what appeared hard, due to further delay, has become impossible now?

You may draw comfort from the fact that you are in the company of many that are affected by procrastination. However, you must realize that you will experience true comfort, if you get rid of your laziness by shaking yourself up into action. Like many others, you can indeed stop procrastinating and start meeting deadlines, by following a few simple steps that teach you effective time management.

1. Draw up a to-do list; Plan your daily must-do activities. Preferably, write it down on paper; or, use a computer if you prefer.

2. Prioritize the activities, if there are urgent things to do, but not important enough to be worried about if not done, put them below the important ones. The more important ones taking precedence over the less important. The idea is based on the established principle that 80% of rewards accrue from 20% of effort directed towards accomplishing important work.

3. Estimate the time required for each of the listed activities after analyzing their complexity. Avoid overestimation, for that may leave some activities without enough time. Avoid underestimation, as you may not have enough time to do well a particular piece of work. Similarly, a realistic budgeting of time is necessary. Time allocation is a skill that is acquired with experience. So keep reviewing, and revising your time schedule as you progress.

4. Remember lack of discipline causes confusion, even chaos, in life. It eats into your time. Organize your life. For instance, leave your personal belongings of daily use, like your glasses, your clothing, your computer etc., in the same place. Avoid sloppiness. That will help you avoid wasting your precious time and leave more time for the actual work. Apply the principle of doing work first and then taking time for pleasure and relaxation. You can get time for rest and relaxation if you are efficient in doing your assigned work.

5. If you only see a mountain of work before you, it is very easy to say it's too much. Start working bit by bit. You may see a mountain at first, but mountains can be moved, especially if you begin by moving just a small stone from it. You know you cannot move the entire mountain all at once. Do not be overwhelmed by the immensity of the task before you. That will put you off. Moreover, you will put off the task for another day, which will never come. Just begin by taking one small step and you will invariably reach your destination.

6. Remember procrastination grows into a habit by the minute. Begin your day by launching yourself head first into the most important job waiting to be done. Put first the things that can be done quickly early in the day.

7. Learn and practice suitable mental relaxation techniques, such as meditation. Learn to cope with anxiety, depression, stress and other similar conditions of the mind related to your problems in life. Keep yourself fit, not just physically but mentally as well.
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