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4 Cures for Chronic Procrastination

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by oni3350, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. oni3350

    oni3350 Regular Member

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    I am a chronic procrastinator!

    Was reading Young Entrepreneur and came across this article, its actually helped me and I thought id share it here.

    1. Narrow your focus. Procrastinators often spend too much time looking at the big picture, so a project can seem overwhelming. ?They see the forest and forget that it?s made of trees,? Ferrari says. ?They think, ?I can?t do all that.??

    To make the project seem doable, break it down. Write out each step, and scheduled an exact time to acomplish it. Start with the task that seems easiest or most appealing to you. Focus on one small task at a time and before you know it, the project will be complete.

    2. Reward yourself for meeting your goals. Connect activities you dislike with ones you love and let those incentives help you stay on task. You might reward yourself with a favorite TV show, a run, or ten minutes of personal time. ?Something you like to do becomes a reinforcer for something you don?t like to do,? Ferarri says.

    As you change your habits, don?t push yourself to be perfect. ?If you meet 80 percent of your goals to change, that?s a success,? Ferrari says, since you?re meeting them most of the time.

    3. Hold yourself publicly accountable. Feeling like others are watching will help prevent you from making excuses. You could post your daily goals on Twitter or Facebook, pair up with a friend, or write your current task and start time on a whiteboard at your desk.

    This goes for group projects as well. If responsibility is too diffuse, people are likely to procrastinate. Instead, clearly delineate who will be responsible for each task and track progress publicly. You might use Trello, an online task management tool, or morning check-ins?any system where each person reports to the group.

    4. Don?t lose momentum. As Newton?s first law of motion says, an object in motion stays in motion. Once you start a task, you?re much more likely to keep working until you finish.

    Take the easiest task on your list and force yourself to start. Close your browser, turn off email pop-ups, and make the program you need to use fit the full screen. ?Just say ?now? and do it,? Ferrari says. ?Just start.?



    Im looking into that tool Trello, looks pretty cool, usually I write down my steps on paper and tick them off, but this tool has the feature of a deadline and possibly some other cool useful tools. Heres the link again http://trello.com/

    And the full article is here: http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/startingup/business-management/4-cures-for-chronic-procrastination/

    Also on a side note, I work full time from home doing this Internet Marketing stuff and im finding myself becoming really lazy and burnt out. I decided its time to get out and personally meet like minded people so I can network, bounce ideas around and snap my ass out of my lazy unproductive habit.

    I found some good Internet Marketing and Entrepreneur groups in my area on http://www.meetup.com. If you do a search its highly likely you will find groups in your area too, anywhere in the world.

    Ive got 3 meet ups already lined up for January next year :D
     
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  2. vnybcn

    vnybcn Newbie

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    Great post all around, but I gotta agree with #3 the most.
    I can never get myself to study for tests, so I started making outlines for tests and sending them to friends.
    Now my friends EXPECT these outlines, which is my only motivation to keep writing them.
    Now I have a good average, and a forced study habit!