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Procrastination - How To Deal With It

Updated on April 18, 2013

Do you fall foul of procrastination, the art of not doing now what can be done later? I know I do - that week-away deadline that's suddenly due tomorrow, that tedious job that should have been done days ago, need I go on?

In everyday life this isn't always particularly important but certainly in your professional life it can be crucial to keeping your job and your livelihood. I have procrastinated over many things for years and I've lost many nights sleep completing work to meet deadlines but I have found a way of dealing with it which certainly works for me.

Firstly, make a list of all your outstanding jobs, chores etc. Prioritise this list into urgent, less urgent and not urgent - you now have three lists. Then, starting with the urgent list, look for the job you want to do the least or for a deadline that is looming and start with this one. Depending on your lists, you may work on jobs from each one on the same day - that's a personal decision, but the result is that you are getting things done!

Initially my lists were quite long which showed me just how much procrastination had interfered with my life, but I have made good progress and feel much less stressed. I must say that I have not turned into an angel overnight and I still do put things off sometimes but by and large I manage my workload much better and as a result feel less stressed, well much of the time anyway!

If procrastination is getting in your way why not give my method a try?


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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's a good thing to do if you don't mind lists. I just don't take out the time to make them, and will even rarely do it for grocery shopping. I did my taxes on tax day, but Turbotax is a great thing, as far as I am concerned, so it was very painless. One day I will give in and make a list of things to do. It sure can't hurt.

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      brackenb 4 years ago

      I must confess that sometimes I put off making the list! As for the tax returns - I always do mine at the last minute, thank goodness we have the internet!

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