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Get An Accountability Partner

To be accountable to another person helps us personally and professionally. 

Accountability implies commitment, that you not only let yourself down but that partner. Find that partner who will help you overcome procrastination.

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... then put it on the calendar. 

Treat the deadline the same as if your boss created it, and then honor it the same way you would if your boss were waiting for you to complete the task.

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Focus on what the reward is when you take action.

Be very selective about what you let into your experience and surround yourself with to keep your energy as clean as possible to achieve the goals you want.

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When you don't feel motivated, take the smallest step possible toward your goal. 

Instead of telling yourself to workout for an hour, say you'll go for 10 minutes. 

Taking a step bypasses that part of your brain that is alerted when you're trying to make a change.

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Notice your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and the situation when you feel like procrastinating. Write these down. 

Once you understand your pattern, you can hold yourself accountable in a positive and self-compassionate way.

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Make a list of things you need to do and do the one you don't want to do first. Then give yourself a little reward for doing it (a piece of candy, a few minutes on social media, etc). 

Then do something on your list that you want to do and continue alternating from there. 

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Schedule non-working time into your day so that you allow time for cleaning your desk, taking a walk or whatever else it is that keeps you from your work. 

Having this time blocked in your calendar may eliminate the guilt associated with procrastination. A refreshed mind is a productive mind.

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Set an intention and then shut off tempting interruptions. 

Remember, this is just another muscle you build so just set the scene to make focusing possible.

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A daily non-negotiable is something you commit to doing every single day no matter what. It is something you don't have to think about because you have already committed to doing it.

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For whatever your past experience has been, refocus on doing 5% more toward your goal and give yourself permission to be human at the same time. 

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The ultimate reason for not getting “stuff” done.
  • The reason that to-do list is never completed and that never feel like getting enough done has far less to do with procrastination, than with the chronic habit of overcommitting to work, and then underestimating how long that work will take me.
  • Once you understood that trying to do too much in too little time was the real problem, that dynamic shifted.
  • Reframing your time-crunch will allow you to embrace a growth mindset, identify solutions.

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Tailor your to-do lists

Use the 1-3-5 rule when putting together her daily to-do list.

On any given day, set nine goals for yourself: 
  • one big-ticket project to tackle
  • three medium tasks
  • five small things. 
Narrow down your to-do list to just those things. 

This keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by an endless list, and also helps keep you focused on just those items.

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Procrastination is not an identity

Procrastination is something you do, not someone you are. When you stop making procrastination part of your identity, you free yourself up to change.

Don't judge yourself for how you feel. Instead, analyze the problem and see how you can move forward.

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