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Set realistic expectations.

Set realistic expectations.

Apply the "good enough" standard to yourself. You don’t have to be perfect. You just need to be good enough. Setting unrealistically high standards prevents you from trying because of the fear of not meeting the unreasonable expectations.


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Focus without a burnout.

Focus without a burnout.

Break down tasks into 15-30-minute morsels. Don’t bite off more than you can swallow at any one time.


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Write accomplishments and plan what‘s next.

Write accomplishments and plan what‘s next.

At the end of the day, jot down 2-3 things you accomplished that day and 2-3 other things you plan to do tomorrow. Then expand the list to more things. Create a schedule in advance so you will hit the ground running each day.


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Then reward yourself.

Then reward yourself.

Give yourself a 10-15-minute break every hour. Reward yourself for accomplishing a designated task by then (and only then) engaging in a more desirable activity.

Think video games, Facebooking, reading, texting, watching TV, etc. You choose the reward, but ...


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Break down your tasks.

Break down your tasks.

Break down larger tasks into more manageable subtasks . Create a list of subgoals or subtasks. Accomplish the subgoals and the final goal becomes achievable.

Focus on the present subgoal. Don’t worry about subgoals further down the list.


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Appreciate small steps.

Appreciate small steps.

Credit yourself for whatever you accomplish today, however small it may be. Don’t focus on things you still need to do. Credit yourself for what you did do.

Don’t begrudge yourself for what you didn’t do. Just carry over any unfinished tasks to the next day. 


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Observe distracting thoughts.

Observe distracting thoughts.

Don’t get down on yourself if your mind drifts. Minds are built that way. Just bring your attention back to the task at hand. Gently observe distracting thoughts without acting on them.


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Focus on this day.

Focus on this day.

Focus on what you can do TODAY, not on what you didn’t do yesterday.  Don’t become mired in the past. What’s done is, well, done. Make today count. 


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Many small goals = One large goal.

Many small goals = One large goal.

Start with small, easily accomplished subgoals, and build up from there.

Starting small helps you reach a larger goal without overwhelming yourself.


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Get started.

Get started.

The trick to getting started is...getting started. Establish a regular work routine rather than just waiting around for inspiration to strike.

Once you get started, you may find that things begin to fall into place. Once a process starts in motion, it tends to stay in motio...


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