Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"Procrastination is opportunity's assassin."--Victor Kiam

Procrastination, like a slow leak under an upstairs sink, can do major damage. But just like that slow leak, you can avoid the damage with regular "maintenance" of those tasks you're tempted to put off.

Get more information. Sometimes, procrastination is a result of too little information. When "I don't know where to start" is the problem, write down a list of questions related to the issue you've been putting off. This way you'll find out what you know and what you don't know, and if you need to consult someone else to help you find answers.

Do it or ditch it. When a lack of information isn't the problem, you may need a deadline to help you decide if the task is worth the mental stress of continuously putting it off. Is there a reason you're putting it off? Do you suspect the task is a waste of time to begin with? Pick a date to pull the trigger or let it pass. Repeating the cycle of planning, procrastination, and the subsequent guilt is counterproductive. Either you'll have the sweet relief of finishing the task, or you'll enjoy the lighter load of letting it go.

Don't sell out your long-term dreams for the short-term pleasure of putting off a little work. You can defeat procrastination today... so don't put it off until tomorrow.

Thank you to Oakley Signs for passing this along.

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