Pound Procrastination

Pounding through procrastination can be as simple as tossing a coin to decide what to tackle first, flinging some fun into the mix, taking on challenging tasks first, or enlisting a non-procrastinator to help push you through. Strategies abound. Choose one. Get started.

Do you wait to go grocery shopping until you have nothing in your refrigerator but a half-empty container of mustard? Are you always starting projects just days before the deadlines? If you are a procrastinator, wait no more. Here are seven quick tips that can help.

1. Start your day with a lemon. Look at today's To Do list and choose the most sour (least desirable) thing you must do today, and do it first thing--before you do anything else. Once it's out of the way, the rest of your day will be sweet.

2. Set a limit. Work on a task you've been procrastinating on for a mere 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes, if you then wish to keep going, keep at it. But if you wish to stop, that's fine too. Just set another 15 limit for this project tomorrow, the next day, and so on until it's done.

3. Fling it. Is the thing you're procrastinating on even worth doing in the first place? If not, fling it off your list and move on with your life.

4. Toss a coin. Procrastinating because you're not sure what decision to make? If you've looked at the situation or choices from all angles, and you still can't make up your mind, toss a coin and leave the decision up to fate.

5. Give it away. See if you can swap a task you don't want to do, with a task a spouse or friend doesn't want to do. Perhaps the opposite person's task will be much more enjoyable for you to accomplish--or at least tolerable.

6. Make it more fun. If you're procrastinating because the task ahead seems very dull and uninviting, make it more fun to do. Put on your favorite music, do it while enjoying your favorite tea, invite a friend over to help, do it outdoors in the fresh air and/or reward yourself for every 15 minutes you spend working on it.

7. Hook up with a non-procrastinator. Whether it's a spouse, co-worker, relative or friend, ask a non-procrastinator to help you get started on those things you're procrastinating on. Choose someone who has some backbone, and who will not give up on bugging you until your tasks are completed. In return, be sure to thank this person with a special dinner, a thoughtful gift or a task done in exchange.

by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com

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