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“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.

No matter how well you plan a day it will always be made up of 24hrs, never 28 or more than 24. What is critical, then, is not really time management but self management.

As part of a continuous quest to be valuable to your personal development and positive thoughts I was part of  an E-Exchange Event on a forum where we identified the causes of Procrastination and How to overcome it. Here is what we found:

Causes:

  1. Poor Time management: not prioritizing the really important work.
  2. Lack of a clear and intelligent plan.
  3. Laziness– Thinking there is still more time.
  4. Laying off challenging/less interesting tasks for later in place of simple ones.
  5. Over-confidence (thinking it’s going to take less time)
  6. No-Confidence (Fear of the unknown): Lack of faith in self and personal abilities.
  7. Wanting to take one big step once against taking small, continuous and steady steps.

How to Overcome:

  1. Avoid toying with negative attitudes or thoughts towards your most important tasks.Stay positive and anticipate a great time while at it.
  2. Plan adequately and know exactly what needs to be done
  3. Prioritize the most important daily activities and avoid urgent but non-value adding tasks.
  4. Have a daily time table and follow it; be committed to your daily tasks. In simple terms: do what you planned to do when you planned to do it.
  5. Leave room for a future surprise so that you don’t put away what you can do today.
  6. Focus your mind on da task at hand. You’ll likely have more time for things that matter most to you.
  7. Avoid Laying off challenging/less interesting tasks for later in place of simple ones. Just get up and do it.
  8. Remember that time wasted is never regained. Therefore remind yourself to use it well and on things that will build you or your skills.
  9. Expose and keep yourself in the company of motivated and hardworking friends.

 

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