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Kick the Procrastination Habit

Plain old, garden-variety procrastination is very common. But whether it is related to work, home or personal life, chronic indecisiveness and delay can eventually undermine a healthy lifestyle. The good news is there are simple ways to help overcome these tendencies. You can address procrastination - through behavioral workshops, group therapy, individual therapy, or with some of the following lifestyle strategies:

  1. Break large jobs into small ones. Start with a yearly plan, break it down into months, then weeks, then days. Feel free to specify detailed tasks for the days and weeks only a month or so in advance.
  2. Organize your environment. Chaotic surroundings can be distracting and stressful, and pull your focus from the task at hand.
  3. Schedule your time. If you need to, awake an hour earlier or use part of your break time as a temporary strategy to get tasks accomplished.
  4. Set reasonable goals. Trying to achieve too much in too little time can actually set you back.
  5. Set deadlines to accomplish your larger tasks. When you achieve them, treat yourself to some flowers or a small piece of dark chocolate.
  6. Pace yourself. Work on a task you've been postponing for ten minutes and then decide whether or not to continue. If you discontinue the task, schedule another time to get it done.

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Reader Comments (1)

This is advise I need to follow. I find I get so overwhelmed with all I need to and want to do that I end up doing nothing. Often I will get into bed and sleep rather that face what needs to be done. One of my new years resolutions is to get more active and not just read and research my interests but to DO!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicky
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