Stop Procrastinating With the STING Method by kumari.varma


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									Can a simple five letter mnemonic device help you to stop procrastinating? Many productivity experts
would agree that a great way to stop procrastinating is by applying the STING method. The letters in
STING stand for the following:

Select one task you've been putting off.

Time yourself.

Ignore everything else around you.

No breaks allowed.

Give yourself a reward when the task is done.

Select One Task You've Been Putting Off

A lot of people will procrastinate simply because they have so many things to do, that they're not sure
where to get started. The first step in the STING method is to select just one of the tasks that you've
been putting off. You can decide between picking a small task in order to feel the satisfaction of crossing
something off of your to do list, or you can choose a larger task, break it down into small chunks, and get
started with the first small chunk.

Time Yourself

You're going to give yourself a specific amount of time to work on the task. I like to work for twenty-five
minutes, and then give myself a five minute break. If the task is likely to take longer than twenty-five
minutes, then I repeat this process of working for twenty-five minutes and then taking a five minute
break, three times. Other people prefer to work for forty minutes without a break, while others can go
for an entire hour. Choose the length of time that works best for you.

Get a kitchen timer, or use an online application, in order to time yourself while you're performing the
task. Once you're ready to start working on the task that you've selected, start the timer. Try to get done
as much of the task as you can before the timer rings, and your time is up.
Ignore Everything Else Around You

During the time that you're going to be working on the task that you've selected, you're going to ignore
everything around you. Make sure to turn off your Twitter and email applications, let the phone go to
voice mail if it rings, and close any sites that you may have open on your computer which are not
directly related to the task you're working on. If someone comes into your office while you're working,
ask them to come back later.

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