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Avoid Procrastination by Time Management

Updated on December 26, 2013

All too often people fall into the habit of procrastination, for many of us, this habit is difficult to break.

What is Procrastination?

Procrastination is the act putting off, delaying, or deferring an action to a later time. It is easy to put things off until later. Perhaps you can you relate to these procrastination quotes?

  • "Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." ~ M. Scott Peck
  • "Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week." ~Spanish Proverb
  • "Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." ~Napoleon Hill

Perhaps, you have wanted to “turn over a new leaf” as it were, maybe you have made many attempts but failed, feeling that you will never overcome the habit of procrastination. Be assured that you are not alone, procrastination is no little problem, and even successful professionals need help managing their time.

How to manage your time effectively.

To manage your time effectively a key component is advance planning.

Set aside a convenient time each day to make a to-do list.

Prioritize your list to ensure that you complete the most important task first. If you find that your to-do list is lengthy consider eliminating non-essentials or delegating the work to someone else.

Be balanced and do not over schedule yourself; modesty will help you know your personal limits.

Is time management worth the effort for you, you and only you can answer that question. One this is sure, Procrastination is an age old problem, so much so that many books have been written on how to effectively control your time.

Let's recap the points discussed, in short, effective time management involves planning, prioritizing, delegating, and balance. Following these simple time management tips will help you avoid procrastination.



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