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Time Management and Procrastination

Time management“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”
Spanish Proverb

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”
Martin Luther

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
Karen Lamb

One of the most common problems is procrastination. We know what we want to do and should do. But still we end up spending hours upon hours doing “easier” work or escaping via TV, blogs or music.

Now, nothing wrong with a little escape from time to time. But if you procrastinate too much you will not get the most important things done. And you will also send yourself into negative spirals where your self-esteem plummets and you spend your days or more in a vague negative funk.

So what can you do? Here are timeless tips to help you to stop procrastinating and start living your life more fully

1.Pick the right time management tools from the start by using planners or calendars of a size that you can keep with you at all times.

Two of the most effective time management tools are a paper planner/calendar with one to two pages for each day or an electronic planner.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Feeling overwhelmed by too many tasks can be very stressful. Remember that the world will probably not end if you fail to achieve your last task of the day, or leave it until tomorrow, especially if you have prioritized sensibly.

Going home or getting an early night, so that you are fit for tomorrow, may be a much better option than meeting a self-imposed or external deadline that may not even matter that much.

Take a moment to pause and get your life and priorities into perspective, and you may find that the view changes quite substantially!


2.Throw away your to do list. Delete it from your computer. To do lists are out of date time management tools.

They are not useful for effective time management because they create inefficiencies and add to your frustration and stress in life. However, before you throw your to do list away, you need to do one very important thing. The to-do list. A perennial favorite of busy people for generations. But the result always seems the same; the list keeps growing and growing, and your frustration levels go higher and higher. At the end of the day, you realize how busy you’ve been, and yet many of the important items on your to-do list are left undone. 


3.Every time you decide to do something in the future, take 3 additional seconds and answer the magic question, “When am I going to do it?”

The best thinking and best intentions will not help with overall effective time management unless you make a commitment in time when you are going to do something about them.


4.Open up your planner every day, one of the most important of all time management tools.

Immediately writing down your activities on a daily page and opening your planner up every morning will greatly reduce procrastination and increase the achievement and enjoyment levels in your life.

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