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4/24/2012

We've all been there. Faced with a project that you just don't want to do. When alphabetizing the items in your junk drawer seems more exciting than tackling that pile on your desk. Before you come up with another scheme that lets you put off today what you can do tomorrow, read these anti-procrastination tips. Don't wait, do it now!

No Fear

You Say: I can't meet the expectations for this project.

We Say: The most common reason for procrastinating is fear of failure. You're paralyzed with the idea that you're not perfect. Guess what? No one is! Once you overcome your fear of being less than perfect, you can start digging in.

Baby Steps
You Say: There's too much to do to ever finish this.
We Say: Wait, don't go out for coffee! Take that huge, daunting task and break that puppy down. Figure out all of the components necessary to complete the project and work on them piece by piece. Instead of a monstrous chore, you'll have lots of little projects and more things to cross off that to-do list when you finish them!

Dirty Work
You Say: This project is the worst. I shouldn't have to do it.
We Say: Suck it up and do the least appealing bits first. There's something to be said for getting the worst of it done: the worst is over.

Time's Up
You Say: How can I possibly start this now?! I don't have hours and hours to devote to it.
We Say: All you need to do is follow the 10-Minute Rule. It's really quite simple: Only spend 10 minutes at a time on the project. That way, you'll find yourself steadily completing it in mere minutes.

Just Rewards
You Say: I'd much rather sip a latte than work on this.
We Say: Give yourself little perks for getting your work started. Only you know what works best for you. Rewards like popping into a chat room, renting a cheesy horror movie, whatever it is, just make it good. Dangle that carrot in front of your nose and see how quickly you rise to the challenge.

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