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The seconds are counting down; a single bead of sweat drips down your face. Your hands are moving at a feverish pace, but it doesn’t seem fast enough. Can you get it done? No! Because you procrastinated and now you’re out of luck (and time). Luckily, with these helpful tips, you can avoid this situation and learn to get things done on time.
Tip #1 – Make like Nike and “just do it.”
Next time you have a task, get it done and out of the way right then. Ignore any inner voice that tells you you’ll have plenty of time “later.”
Tip #2 – Wake up!
Getting your task done first thing in the morning is the best way to avoid having something else get in your way.
Tip #3 – Go up the mountain to make it down the molehill.
Start with the most difficult task on your to-do list. That way, everything after it seems like a piece of cake.
Tip #4 – On second thought, do the exact opposite.
If you’re the type of person who gets easily defeated, rather than starting with your biggest task, start with the ones that are the easiest. That way, you’ll build up your confidence to get the rest of your work done.
Tip #5 – You’re grounded.
Put yourself on restriction. Don’t want to do the task you need to get done? Fine; then make every other activity off-limits to yourself, too. No TV, no computer, no sports. Nothing. Unless you’re amused by staring at the wall, you’ll complete your task out of sheer boredom.
Tip #6 – Don’t worry, be happy.
Build yourself up with positive life affirmations. Just like Al Franken’s classic Saturday Night Live sketch – you’re good enough, you’re smart enough and doggone it, you will get the deck stained. Research has shown that low-level performance anxiety and/or the fear of making a mistake is often behind procrastination. Give yourself permission to do your best, then move on without expecting perfection of yourself.
Tip #7 -Your 15 minutes are up.
If the task is something you know will take you a long time to finish, set aside 15 minutes a day and tackle the project bit by bit. It won’t seem overwhelming, and it’s enough to make a dent in your task.
Nothing can help a procrastinator like a can-do attitude and the ideas found on this list.