Avoid the Avoiding Habit and Find More Time and Less Stress

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					Avoid the Avoiding Habit and Find More Time and Less Stress
Procrastination can creep in and easily become a habit. Once it does, it
erodes your capacity to function effectively. But it can be a hard habit
to break. However, with some honest self-assessment and an organized and
attainable plan of attack, it can be overcome successfully.
Be gentle with yourself when you decide to try and kick the
procrastination habit. It may be so ingrained that you don't fully
recognize all the ways you actually procrastinate. Start out by taking a
large or complicated task and breaking it down into smaller parts that
you can accomplish easier. It's important to bear in mind that the most
difficult or complex tasks are simply just a series of smaller jobs.
Make a verbal commitment to someone else about improving your time
management skills and your desire to avoid procrastinating. Allow others
to become involved in your efforts by reviewing your progress, helping
you set deadlines or evaluating your results can be very helpful. This
will most likely create a commitment on your part to fulfill the
expectations they've set for you.
Sit down and map out a plan to manage your time more effectively. When a
deadline is looming, make sure you allot time each day to work on the
project so it doesn't sneak up on you in the final hours or days. Learn
to ask for help when you're feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
Reward yourself for good behavior and accomplished goals. Don't wait
until you've accomplished the ultimate goal, but reward yourself for your
successes along the way. Make sure the reward is something you like to
do. Treat yourself to the newest book by your favorite author and take
the time to read it. Indulge in bubble baths or relaxing music. If
you've gotten into the habit of working late, make sure you develop a new
habit of going home on time each night.
By making a commitment to avoid the avoiding habit, you'll soon be well
on your way to finding more time and find yourself more relaxed and
productive and less stressed in the process.

				
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