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Monday, February 20, 2012
When life seems overwhelming and you're procrastinating, start small!
- Think of three or four items you need to tackle today, including that dreaded chore about which you are procrastinating.
- Plan your day, starting with the most pleasant task.
- Choose time limits for each activity.
- Start with short amounts of time, especially on those dreaded, procrastinated items. For example, if you are putting off a major project, schedule 30 minutes on it, just to get started.
- Alternate pleasant and unpleasant tasks, if possible. This will act as a reward system for completing unpleasant tasks. If you can make it through 30 minutes of that dreaded project, you'll have something to look forward to.
- Once you have broken through the barrier of starting your dreaded task, it may not seem so daunting. If it still is, schedule short bursts of work on it, several times over the next week, rather than prolonged work times. A small dose is much easier to swallow than a large one.
- Give yourself short-term and long-term rewards upon completion of sections of your project.
- Before long, your dreaded project will be behind you and you will have the satisfaction of a job well done.
Bite-sized chunks of work on an overwhelming project helps conquer procrastination!
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