11 Causes and Cures for Procrastination @ Friday, September 30, 2011

11 Causes and Cures for Procrastination

Here are 11 common causes of procrastination and corresponding tips to help you find the pace you’re looking for:

* Complicated-task anxiety: Break big, complicated tasks into smaller pieces. Complete a starter task, no matter how small.

* Fear of imperfection: Accept that perfection is rarely attainable and seldom necessary. You’re a person, not a robot. Use the 80/20 rule whenever appropriate.

* Indecision: Determine your decision-making criteria, then set a deadline for your decision. Ask a friend to hold you accountable.

* Priority confusion: Distinguish obligations from options. What are you really responsible for? List and prioritize tasks.

* Boredom from minutiae: Automate simple repetitive tasks whenever possible.

* Lack of focus: Minimize distractions. Check e-mail and voicemail only twice per day instead of every 5 minutes. Find a quiet room where you can concentrate. Resist the urge to keep taking breaks.

* Poor organizational skills: Clean your work area. Put tools and utensils in their proper place so you can find them when you need them.

* Laziness: Remind yourself of the consequences of procrastination. Resist the urge to be a couch potato. Try to complete several small tasks to provide a feeling of accomplishment. Reward yourself.

* Lack of energy: Maintain a regular sleep routine. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. Do not skip breakfast.

* Early morning lag: Before you stop working each day, make a list of the tasks you want to begin first thing the following morning so you can hit the ground running the next day.

* Post-lunch fatigue: Before leaving for lunch, make a list of the things you plan to do when you get back so you can pick up where you left off. Avoid eating a heavy lunch.

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