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Smash Your Procrastination!

March 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Coping, Podcasts, Success!

Procrastination’s power grows quietly. It’s stealthy. It comes in under your awareness radar.

Before you know it, your deadline is fast approaching and your anxiety is starting to twitch.

How do you beat procrastination? You take a sledghammer to the fly and smash it before it grows.

Whenever I put aside a small, simple task, I have  justification at the time. It will usually be something like “having plenty of time” or the task “needs more thought before acting”. Almost invariably, these items end up being addressed late and poorly completed at the last minute.

When something hits your desk or catches your attention, often a minute or two spent immediately will be enough to put the task to bed, or move it on its way.

I began writing a note to myself to contact an associate about a client issue. Half way through the note, I realized that the note would float in and out of my organizer. I would begin to feel like it should have been addressed earlier, causing a sense of guilt and further procrastination.

I stopped, typed up a quick e-mail and sent the information on its way. Don’t turn small tasks into next month’s nightmares.

Smash your procrastination before it grows.

How do you deal with procrastination? What procrastination-smashing tips are in your arsenal? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.

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