He who puts off nothing till tomorrow
has done a
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Time and project management series
Is your procrastination related to a project?
or is it a habit?
To remedy procrastination:
Begin with one, modest project
Answer these basic questions
Keep the answers before you as you mark your
What do you want to do?
What is the final objective, the end result?
It may be obvious, or not
What are the major steps to get there?
Don't get too detailed: think big
What have you done so far?
Acknowledge that you are already part of
even if it is through thinking!
longest journey begins with a first step
Why do you want to do this?
What is your biggest motivation?
Do not concern yourself if your motivation
This is honest and a good beginning.
However, if your motivation
re-phrase and re-work it
until it is phrased positively
What other positive results will flow from
achieving your goal?
will help you uncover
benefits that you may be
avoiding: Dare to dream!
List out what stands in your way
What is in your power to change?
What resources outside yourself do you need?
Resources are not all physical (i.e. tools and
and include time,
people/professionals/elders, even attitude
What will happen if you don't progress?
It won't hurt to scare yourself a little...
Create a simple "To Do" list
This simple program will help you identify a few tasks, the reason
for doing them, a timeline for getting them done, and then printing this simple
list and posting it for reminders.
False starts and mistakes as learning experiences
They can be more important than successes,
give meaning to "experience"
Distractions and escapes
Do not deny they exist, but deny their
Admit to frustration when things
don't seem to be going right
Admit that you have
had a problem, but also that you are doing something
See yourself succeeding
Finally, if procrastination is a habit of yours:
Focus on the immediate task and project, and build up
Each journey begins with one step.
Time management series