Three Ways to Stop Procrastination

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Procrastination may feel like the human condition, but it doesn’t have to. To get out of your own way and increase your productivity, try these three tactics:

  • Set deadlines. Create a schedule with clear due dates for each task. Remind yourself by using visual cues: Set reminders in your calendar, add items to your to-do list, or put a sticky note on your computer screen.
  • Ask for help. Ask a trusted colleague to review your work. Knowing that she’s expecting it can spur you to get started.
  • Change your mind-set. Stop thinking of yourself as a procrastinator. See yourself — and talk about yourself with others — as someone who gets things done.

Adapted from the Guide to Getting the Right Work Done.

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55 comments
udith_raya
udith_raya

@kreshna pak kl blh mnta link ttg tulisan anda mengenai UN.tks

presbot
presbot

@ILoveLisa I really want to read this, but I keep putting it off.

thezombiemiko
thezombiemiko

@itsmemaiju These kinda thing always say the same things. NOT GONNA HAPPEN GAIZ. #procrastinator4lyf

@EquinoxDC @time @timebusiness

@bethanyhileman @willbrierre I procrastinated by reading that article even though it wasn't directed at me.

@EmHamb14 ill get to you last tweet later #irony

@TIME @TIMEBusiness

lamia_mohammed
lamia_mohammed

@MaysoonSA @ @Madhawi_k مب وقتك مصطفى حقي بالعناية المركزة منهار

garylanecbn
garylanecbn

@TIME @TIMEBusiness Can't I just read this later?

gopirr
gopirr

@TIME Hmm I will read later..:-)

fcnclaire
fcnclaire

@call210 @TIME @TIMEBusiness That's the first sign of procrastination!

reniercb
reniercb

@TIME @TIMEBusiness wow I need this. procrastination, it has to stop.

macgib
macgib

@TIME @timebusiness ill read this later

rlanebailey
rlanebailey

@TIME @TIMEBusiness I'll get to this Tweet in a minute.

MindPatrols
MindPatrols

@TIME multitasking is the source of distraction, we are living in a age of procrastination.

WriterRoss
WriterRoss

@TIME @timebusiness Thanks so much for the timely article on procrastination. I'll read it later. :)

TrickyWizard
TrickyWizard

@TIME @TIMEBusiness Reading this is the first step, so perhaps you should re-title the article to the 4 ways to stop procrastinating.?

aaronslva
aaronslva

@TIME @timebusiness ill read that in a bit

dayton500
dayton500

@TIME I'll check it out later

Ibyx
Ibyx

@TIME @TIMEBusiness I'll read this later....

Thespar
Thespar

@TIME @timebusiness I'll read it later.

runcharlierun_
runcharlierun_

@lallybuendia @TIME I see what you did there. ;)

Lis202
Lis202

@TIME @timebusiness tweet on Tips to cure procrastination. Was going to read it later :) happy Monday

faerieflame
faerieflame

though humm good advice, then realised i've still got sticky notes on computer screen about healthy eating and losing weight that i've been ignoring for weeks ney months. Sticky notes become part of the furniture if left there!!

Neurone00
Neurone00

@TIME @TIMEBusiness You forgot "quit the browser". This is helping me procrastinating... Ack!

antonieJD
antonieJD

@ChelseaZacharia hahahaha, iy sih moyung, tapi gw pengen nyebelin aja. Cup song lu HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

wiydiy
wiydiy

@nadhnadira huohoho tos dulu sama @satyajati! *habis itu gosipan ngomongin nadira*

ChrisHambone
ChrisHambone

@TIME @TIMEBusiness (1) Quit wasting time on computer when you could be working.

pioneermark
pioneermark

@TIME @TIMEBusiness those were some of the most useless hints of advice i've ever seen.

himynameisbora
himynameisbora

@Luanasaur That was motivating, but I'm still putting off cleaning for next weekend. LOL.

pungkas
pungkas

@kreshna @TIME, jangan besok ujan, lusa lebih baik.

ahniyi01
ahniyi01

@chukzbook hi, do you have an office office, and where? Thank you.

MiranFor
MiranFor

@MartySilk thanks :) i would add number 4: ban Facebook chat lol

satyajati
satyajati

yuk @wiydiy kita gosipin @nadhnadira *kabur sebelum si nadh marah2 :-D

MartySilk
MartySilk

@MiranFor hahaha, twitter as well

antonieJD
antonieJD

@ChelseaZacharia bgus kok suarany, HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA sma lah cacatny ma lu ... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH