Are You a Procrastinator?

Probably the single greatest inhibitor for mastering time is procrastination. It’s a habit that can handicap the best salesperson. Unless you protect yourself against it, procrastination can slowly infiltrate your work habits and undermine your productivity.
The Solution
Use the following 10 techniques to avoid procrastination:
1. Make a prioritized “To Do List” everyday.
2. Do your most important activity first, by having that “A” action item in front of you to start the day.
3. Block out and fully utilize your prime times (i.e., prime time for you and prime time for your customers).
4. Commit yourself to deadlines.
5. Anticipate interruptions.
6. Don’t commit major efforts to minor tasks. Avoid dragging a task out any longer than it’s worth.
7. Complete a task once you start it. If necessary, “tie yourself to a chair” until the project is done.
8. Don’t put off getting started on a large project because it seems overwhelming. Break up the project into smaller, more “do-able” tasks.
9. Keep your long-term goals in mind while working on your short-term tasks.
10. When your attention shifts to something other than the task at hand, you have fallen prey to preoccupation. Preoccupation is a quiet, yet powerful contributor to procrastination. So remember, when you work—actually work. When you play—play. Whatever you plan to do—do it—then move on to something else.
Review the list of techniques and select the one or two that can make the biggest difference in your life. Then, do it!!!

Comments

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    Garretot

    • I was the biggest prcrsaotinator back in HS and college. Now at work at least I’ve got that part figured out. In real life, not so much. Paying bills, getting car insurance, making drs apointments… nothing like waiting untill the last minute with that kind of stuff

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    • I definitely work well under a tight deildane, but I’ve gotten better about procrastinating over the years. My freshman year of college I left everything to the last minute and hated myself for it. By now, in my last semester, I’m ahead on my work. Of course I have fewer classes and more motivation to go out and have a good time before entering the real world now, but I learned my lesson. There are times, however, when I still thrive under the pressure of a close deildane. I think it’s the journalist in me too.

    • I am a procrastinator as well! I find that mankig a to-do list really helps keep me accountable. I am so driven to get all my tasks checked off that it keeps me focused. I also try to prioritize the list if I can starting at the top with the most important tasks also I try and tackle what I think might be the hardest or most time consuming task first never leaving it for the last.

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      • I too had a boss who went over my to-do lists daily. I got to the point where I would leave that notepad on the midlde of my desk so he could go over it before heading home that day. Drove me nuts!I find that the only time I’m not the procrastinating sort is when I’m working, not really sure why. Housework, school projects etc. always got done last minute. And of course the whole “oh look, shiny!” distraction technique didn’t help much. 🙂

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  15. I agree with your post as well. There’s definitely a rush of adlniarnee when you have a tight deadline, but I’ve found that if I don’t keep myself busy with work, I will become lazy and it affects more than my work–so I prefer to just snap out of it and get it done. That way I won’t have to remember all the things on my “to do” lists.

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