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You look at your to-do list, and see "report" written there again today. You've been putting it off for at least a week now, but it's really not due for another five days so it can wait until tomorrow. Or, you agreed a couple of weeks ago that you'd make twenty phone calls. At that time it seemed like you had some open time on your calendar, but as always happens, you're weighed down with other to-do's so, you'll get started on them right after today's meeting. Both of these tasks look like they'll take a block of time so you've conveniently come up with an excuse to delay action on them.
Procrastination set in, as it often does, for a variety of reasons: avoiding an unpleasant task, fear of failure, disliking confronting a major concern, or other unmet and pressing needs. All of the above usually stem from apprehension. It's not just you that has this problem – it's a major concern in today's workplace. Is it hopeless? Not at all, if it's confronted head on.
The next time you feel the option of procrastination, try a few of the following suggestions as discovered by management experts:
Learn to recognize procrastination. When you sense the thought to put something off – admit it. To confront the problem head on you need to admit that you're even entertaining the thought.
Picture in your mind the results to the task facing you. Think about it being finished and well done. Feel the relief you'll have when this is all behind you, and it no longer weighs on your mind.
Begin with the hardest part first. You are normal if you dislike the difficult part of the task or project ahead of you. For example, things like gathering the materials or statistics needed . Make that the focus of getting started. The hardest part is to get out of the way as soon as possible – from there it's all downhill.
posted on: 2/7/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.