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Confessions of a Reformed Procrastinator

Break the Energy-Sapping Cycle


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  • I am going to start working on my procrastination, first thing tomorrow! LOL
  • I am a procastinator as well. I started to say "awful" procastinator, but that doesn't help by putting myself down. I am glad to read this- it sounds like me too. I do write lists but then many times don't do my list.I guess we need to encourage ourselves for each time we do the tasks..
  • I procrastinate all the time. I just get overwhelmed and so I put things off. This was a good article.
  • Thank you, I so needed this today
  • I'm a procrastinator I still find myself dragging but every now & again I straighten up & fly right in my moments of clarity. It's ok sometimes but I am as driven as I'd like to be but I enjoy life better.....
  • This sounds just like me I will set myself a goal today and achieve it before bed. Thanks for the spark!
    Good article, except I don't agree with erasing your TO DO list every week and starting over. I attended several Time Management seminars over my working career and they all agree on one point.

    PRIORITIZE your TO DO list. It's simple, and only takes a few minutes. Decide the following for each task on your list. A, B, C, D - A is top priority, then B, C, D.

    These items rate an A:

    Does it have to be done today?
    Does it have a deadline? (monthly report, paying bills, baking cookies for tomorrow's bake sale, etc.)

    Then you can number them - 1 has to be done first (monthly report - because it's due at the end of the workday. 2 - cookies (I can bake the cookies when I get home after dinner). 3 - paying bills (I can do that while the cookies are baking).

    Look at your list to see what can be delegated - to the spouse, kids, coworkers. You don't have to do everything, and it's good for the kids to pick up after themselves, learn how to load the dishwasher, do the laundry, etc.

    Look at the list to see what can be postponed - do I really have to go to the cleaners today, or can I include it in my weekend errands - or ask my spouse to do it?
  • What an energizing article! Thanks for helping me to refocus, Mike! I'll get back to the next thing I have to do! ;)
  • What a great article! I was procrastinating cleaning the bathroom, but stopped reading the article cleaned the bathroom in no time, and finished the rest of the article. Definitely a weight off my shoulder because I was dreading it. One less thing to do now, can put my energy to something else more fun. A great feeling!
  • My picture should be in the dictionary under Procrastinator! I've battled with it my whole life. I had read this article in the past and read it again recently after Thanksgiving.

    After the gym today, instead of going home to veg, I stopped at two stores to pick up the three charity gifts I need for next week. Done early this year for a change. A great feeling!

    Onward and upward!
  • Thanks, I needed this. You've given me some recommendations, and it will start with making some phone calls instead of spending another hour on the compuer
  • Tempted by the idea of erasing my to-do list... I have one that has items from 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • LOL I actually did #6 and put away the folder laundry still left in the basket "to do later." Yeah, that did feel good.
  • Hello, my name is Sandra and I am a procrastinator. Whew, I've been wanting to say that for awhile, but just kept putting it off.

    This list is excellent. Thanks. Action always helps me feel better! I do not need to argue about it, justify, make excuses... I do... just need to do it!

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