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Sometimes putting things off is a good thing, but if you really want to stop procrastinating continue reading below.
Is to just stop. But we know that isn't gong to happen.
As far back as I can remember, I have put things off and off, sometimes past their best by date. So I could sit back and say, that's just me -- but it isn't.
Looking back at my elementary school years, it wasn't uncommon for a teacher to pin a note to my sweater alerting my parents to remind Betty to complete her homework assignment. I suppose I could have simply unpinned the note, but then... I probably just procrastinated about it.
The hard truth is that procrastination is a learned habit. And a learned habit can be unlearned. Yes, it really can be that simple.
It's not just about getting more done, busy work never got anyone anywhere. Your goal is to be and feel accomplished. There's a difference.
1.) Make a list of just 3 items that MUST be done. Not what think you want to get done, but the top items that absolutely cannot be eliminated.
2.) Write your list in the evening, before you retire so that you have a head start on it in the morning.
3.) Prioritize your list, so that on the rare occasion all 3 don't get done, the very most important items are taken care of.
4.) Tackle the most difficult item on your prioritized list right away, first thing.
5.) Tackle the next item, rinse and repeat.
I always have a few leftovers that maybe should have been on the list, and I'll find ways to delegate the tasks to someone else, freeing up my time to take care of the things only I can handle.
Continuing to put things off stretched into my adulthood. Looking back, there are so many opportunities I missed because of simple procrastination.
Then one day a well meaning friend loaned me a copy of Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy. Rolling my eyes, I said thank you and put it aside. But I was intrigued by the title, and since it was a quick read, I brewed a cup of coffee, sat back and opened it up.
What I like about Eat That Frog is that it's a quick read, but more important it's broken down into simple steps that anyone (even you!) can follow.
I wouldn't give this a second thought, more time in your day is a rare gift, and one you could enjoy every single day of your life. As a bonus, your stress level will be substantially reduced, too.
What are you waiting for? As I mentioned earlier, sometimes putting things off is a good thing (like having that extra piece of chocolate cake), but if you really want to stop procrastinating, check out Brian's book Eat That Frog and get on with the art of living well.