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Getting things done, that’s what it is all about.
The world is cluttered with unfinished projects that have been put aside to do later when we have time. Good time management techniques can be a big help and can help reduce stress.
The longer we put off a difficult task the harder it becomes. We say – we are too busy, or the job is just too big to start just now.
There is nothing more fatiguing than worrying about an uncompleted task. Often the energy taken to procrastinate exceeds the energy needed to do the job. Procrastination is the thief of time.
The five best tips to overcome procrastination
Learn to make decisions fast
Never put off to tomorrow anything that can be done today.
Decide what tasks are important and what’s not important. Get rid of the clutter and the none important tasks. Each month, week and day set your priority tasks. Do the most important tasks first.
A team-leaders procrastination can reduce the productivity of the whole team. Make fast decisions.
If it is a big job, list the steps you will need to take.
If it is a report, ‘mind map’ it, setting out the key words to give you a logical order.
Tell others your plan
When you make a commitment to finish a task by a set date you are more likely to finish the job on time.
Break each step into small workable tasks
Make a realistic ‘to do list’.
By completing one section at a time you will be encouraged to tackle the next step.
Budget your time and include social and physical activities.
Develop good working habits and time-saving systems. Focus on meaningful goals.
Reward yourself when you meet a deadline. Do something special.
One of these days is none of these days.
The first step is often the hardest step to take.
It’s determination that gets the first step done.
Block out distractions. Get away from distractions. Find a quiet place to work free from interruptions.
Draft up a plan. Set your priority tasks and select a working order and a deadline for each task.
There is nothing more tiring than worrying about an uncompleted task so the sooner you start the better. Instead of saying “I wish I hadn’t …. say, “I will. Let’s get started!”
“Carve big tasks into small bites and deal with only one bite at a time.”
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