Tips For Breaking Free From Procrastination

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Break jobs into smaller tasks

Don’t let a big job overwhelm you – break it into smaller, more manageable tasks, then focus on those tasks instead of the ‘big picture’.

10 Minutes is all you need

Make yourself work on that project for 10 minutes. You will be surprised how much you accomplish by tackling items 10 at a time. 10 minutes isn’t so long that you feel like you are neglecting other tasks, and its not so long that you keep putting off things you don’t ‘like’ doing. Dedicate 10 minutes each day, or a couple times a day, whatever it takes to reach that deadline.

Get rid of distractions

Especially during your 10 minute bursts – Silence the phone, close your browsers, exit email. Close the door. make sure you are working ont hat one task and that one tasks only so you can make real headway into getting it done

So NO to unimportant tasks and meetings

You need to make sure you have the time and mental/emotionally resources to dedicate to your important tasks – and most of the time there are things on your to-do list or calendar that you don’t NEED to do in order to reach your goals. Cancel appointments, back out of obligations you know you won’t meet anyway, and get that time back to work and focus on whats important.

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One Comment

  • Short and sweet – like posts should be!

    Ive learned the hard way about time management. I never had a schedule growing up, so when I moved out on my own and ran my own business, I very quickly learned that If I worked till 5am, that meant sleeping later, which threw my schedule off and limited my interaction.

    Even though i didnt WANT to do something, I made myself do it, and like you said, 10 minutes is all you need. One thing I learned too though is that doing something for 10 minutes was usually enough to get me in the mood to finish it or at least work for a little longer.

    If you dont have a goal and a plan, things will slip by. If things slip by, 5 years from now you’ll look back and wish you did those things.

    Great read!

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