complete workDo your procrastinated items ever get done - as if by magic? Probably not. So, should you just keep hoping that everything on your procrastination list gets completed - with no effort on your part? I think you’re smarter than that. Here is one of the best ways to make sure that your procrastinated items - aren’t on your list for long: Deliberately schedule a time to accomplish each important task.

You need to take a good look at your to-do list (particularly those items that have been there for awhile because you’ve been procrastinating them). Next, make a deliberate decision to schedule the time to get some of these items done. Sadly, items on our lists never do themselves, I’m sorry to say.

Although I found several people to whom this quote is attributed including Henri Tubach and H.G. Bohn, mainly, I want you to hear the idea here, regardless of who said it: One of these days is none of these days. If you are constantly saying, “Yeah, I’m going to do this, that, the other thing ‘one of these days,'” then the truth is that it will never happen.

Some of what is on your procrastination list has been there for awhile, and it may be because you have never consciously determined WHEN you are going to do that particular task or project (or live up to some other commitment you have made).

As you are going through your list of procrastinated items, think carefully about which items you are going to do and WHEN you are going to do them. It is best to have your planner out while you’re working on this - or else you’re just mentally scheduling and that doesn’t work very well.

Here’s a bonus tip: When you put the item into your schedule, double the amount of time that you think it’s going to take. Then you *might* actually get it done. Treat the time you have scheduled your (formerly) procrastinated tasks as appointments. They are! These are appointments to get your work done - whether it’s work that is related to your professional or your personal life.

Take the time now to get out your list and your planner. Don’t try to schedule 50 things in the next week. Schedule one, two, or three for this coming week - and then one, two, or three for the following week. Be reasonable. You want to slowly but surely move these procrastinated items that have been blocking you into the ‘done’ column so that you feel the energy that comes from ‘ahhhh, completed.’

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