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8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating

How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task?

If you’re like me — several. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started, so I’ve come up with some tricks to use on myself, to prod myself to get started.

1. Put yourself in Procrastination Jail.

If I feel pressure to jump in and finish something in a rush, and therefore can’t bear to start, sometimes I put myself in jail. If you’re in jail, you have all the time in the world. You have no reason to hurry, no reason to cut corners or to try to do too many things at once. You can slow down, concentrate. You can take the time to get every single detail right.

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8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating

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  1. I’ll read this later.

    • Dave that was funny. (I’ll read this later)

  2. Write a blog post about procrastination :)

  3. I’ll put those suggestions in this stack. Then I will go through it later. For some reason I have stacks all over the dining room.

  4. LOL to the “later” comments above, but I’ve actually DONE something (brag) – I’ve let Gretchen do some of MY work for me (grin). I’ve linked this post to an article in the TaskMaster™ Series on my ADD-focused WordPress Blog (“Task Anxiety Awareness”).

    Nice post, Gretchen. One of my clients/students gave me this one – which I am now passing to you and your readers: The Hateful Half-Hour.

    She noticed that, when she got home from work, if she sat down and turned on the TV (or picked up a book, or poured herself a drink, called a friend – whatever!), that was IT for accomplishment for the rest of the night.

    So she makes herself do her HHH first, so she at least moves life forward (or digs herself out) by at least 2.5 hours/week (sometimes more, once she starts, but her rule is that she’s allowed to stop after 30 minutes if she wants to) — not to mention the fact that she feels much better about being a couch potato after a stressful day on the chain gang.

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, SCAC, MCC – (blogging at ADDandSoMuchMore and on ADDerWorld – dot com!)
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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