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"Procrastination is something ...
best put off until tomorrow."

~
Gerald Vaughan
... Quotes for YOU

January 23, 2006

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New Year's Resolutions-
YES ... YOU CAN DO IT!

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Save Time in a Bottle
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Every new year most of us
join the rest of the world in saying,
“THIS YEAR I RESOLVE TO — ”


Even after we promise ourselves that we will stick with it
THIS TIME ... we often fall back into the same old routines!


Sometimes, we reach a point where we convince ourselves
not to bother with resolutions ... after all, why set goals just to break them?


New Year cartoon


The simple truth is that o
ur failure to
keep these resolutions boils down to one word:


"P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N"

Procrastination Cartoon


Procratinators Meeting

What does a 12-step program for procrastinators look like?
... A room full of empty chairs


By Patricia Crane, Ph.D. — Scientist, Teacher, Workshop Leader
www.HeartInspired.com

Have you ever thought about why you procrastinate? Years ago I discovered that my tendency to procrastinate had its roots in teenage rebellion against my mother! When I realized how little value that rebellion had for me as an adult, I could effectively change my behavior. Procrastination is a habit, and one that can be changed — if you are willing. If you have a big project or big dream, procrastinating will just delay it forever and find you regretting the lack of action later.

When I was working on my PhD dissertation, I found myself delaying for months because it was such as huge task. Finally I made a deal with myself: I would work on it every morning for 2 hours. Once I did that, I could do anything I wanted to for the rest of the day! What happened is I started getting involved with the project, working 5 to 7 hours a day on it, and the draft was finished in 6 weeks.

1. Start by taking care of a few of those small tasks right away. When you do, CONGRATULATE yourself. Go to the mirror and praise yourself.

2. Create some AFFIRMATIONS for your new way to deal with things. "It feels great to be taking care of things easily and quickly!" (Note — do not use the word 'procrastination' in your affirmations because that gives your subconscious mind the very image of what you do NOT want.)

3. List a few "INSTANT TASKS." What are some immediate things you could take care of easily?

4. If you're working on a big project that seems daunting, set aside a short block of time to work on it, say 15 - 30 minutes. Establish MINI-DEADLINES.

5. Set PRIORITIES. What are the most important tasks that need to be accomplished? Write them down and schedule them.

6. Use the magic "IF" — "I just can't, but IF I could, what would I do?" On the days I didn't feel like working on my dissertation, I would do something mindless like typing up the book list or the table of contents.

7. Take time to recognize any FEARS you might have ... then breathe deeply, and let them go.

8. Identify your most CREATIVE TIME during the day and schedule THAT time for your project.

9. Ask yourself, "How will I feel in 5 years ... if I DON'T put energy toward this goal?"

10. Stop judging yourself for procrastinating. Accept yourself, even when you are procrastinating. Then FORGIVE YOURSELF and GET GOING!

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