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#WFH Is Your To DO List Endless?

Part of avoiding procrastination is to have realistic and achievable goals, ones that are small enough and manageable enough that you don’t feel you need to climb Mt. Everest to get the job done. Procrastination is about feeling overwhelmed – either because you find the task to be unpleasant and don’t want to experience it or because you are afraid it is too much and you cannot get it done. Perfectionists are often procrastinators.

Scheduling and planning can be powerful tools to help you avoid or conquer procrastination. But they are only effective if you use them. If you are overwhelmed because you lack motivation, you can try things like a cost-benefit analysis of doing vs. not doing the task. You also can create rewards for yourself, a personal carrot-and-stick approach. If you are disorganized and lost, you might use to-do lists and urgent sticky notes. Unless you create and stick to time-bound goals and tasks you will not be effective. Most of us have pages and pages of to-do lists that no human being could complete in the time we have given ourselves to get the job done. They are not realistic. So we have big trouble doing the only thing that will help – and that is doing one small thing at a time.

When you set yourself up with unrealistic expectations, it is easier to justify procrastinating. After all, no matter how hard you try, you can’t get those six pages of items on your to-do list done today anyway. Setting yourself up to fail is linked to protectionism, self-doubt, shame, guilt and fear. The more unrealistic you make it, the easier it is to say f— it. t. This is where the idea behind so many time management techniques is derived. Break it down, prioritize and let yourself feel good about what you have accomplished.

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