Tuesday 25 May 2010

I recently came across an easy to remember acronym to help you stop procrastinating. Anne Bachrach uses the phrase “Just DO IT!” to outline the four steps.

Step #1: Determine specifically what is causing the fear or anxiety that is the root of your procrastination. Spend some time analyzing why you are afraid and then work on getting past that fear. Use your fear as a catalyst to move you forward – look at it as a way to prove to yourself you CAN do it!

Step #2: Outline an easy to follow, step-by-step plan for accomplishing the task. Sometimes a large task or project can be overwhelming, so you need to break it down into small, do-able parts. Create a checklist for yourself of what needs to be done and in what order. Then start checking things off!

Step #3: Intend to complete the task with ease and success. Instead of focusing on your fear and what you think you can’t do, use your energy and brainpower to focus on what you CAN and WILL do!

Step #4: Tackle the task without further delay. Don’t use excuses or over analyze, take action. Just DO IT!

Adapted from The Trusted Financial Advisor, May 12, 2010.

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