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Avoiding Procrastination the Easy Way

Aug 17, 2007
Is procrastinating a problem in your life? Is it a habit with many different tasks or just one certain project? These are the questions you need to ask yourself in learning the process of avoiding procrastination.

If you tend to procrastinate with one certain project then there are ways to learn to avoid it and still get the job completed.

The first step to getting any job done is to realize what the motivation to do it is.

1. Financial gain

It may be a task or project that a person has to do at the workplace. The motivation would obviously be money and the opportunity to keep his/her job.

2. Self worth

The task could be to lose weight, save money, stop smoking, etc. These result in higher self-esteem and feeling good about themselves.

3. Good Samaritan

A task may need to be done for the better of someone else. The motivation would be to help others out.

Finding out what the end result wanted is very important. Basically, setting a goal or goals is what you are doing. This will give you something to reach for.

Goals are the key to success in avoiding procrastination. Without goals, we don't really stand a chance at succeeding.

The goals must be within our reach. It will not do us any good to set goals that are unrealistic and/or impossible. As a matter of fact, this will only set us back further when we don't meet these expectations.

Then next item to consider is what steps will it take to get you to this goal? List them and prioritize which need to be done first. Also, look at what steps are already completed.

This helps to know that you are on your way. The first step is usually the most difficult to take. Once you have surpassed that step, it tends to go a little easier.

Rewarding yourself after each step in the process is helpful to our self-esteem. If you complete a step, pat yourself on the back! Then try and tackle another step.

Realize that things do not always go smooth and you may have many frustrations along the way. There will be distractions, too. Deny their temptations, as they will only be a set back if you don't. And if a mistake is made go forward, don't dwell on it. It will only take you backward if you do.

If procrastination is a habit on many more issues than just a particular project, work on it! Don't try to tackle too much at once.

Hit one project or task at a time and build your way up from there. Before long avoiding procrastination will replace the habit.
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Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report that reveals how to crush procrastination and sustain lasting motivation. Apply now because it is available for a limited time only at: stop procrastinating
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