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!!!