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25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

Have you ever been confused by a snack label?

It can be time consuming to check and decipher every ingredient. Many processed snacks promise low fat but are packed with sugar!

The best way to ensure fresh and fully in-tact nutrition is by preparing simple snacks at home. Each of these healthy snack recipes are simple, delicious and provide nutrients you just can’t get from a vending machine.

1. Mini Burrito Bowl

    Burrito bowls make great snacks or small lunches. There’s endless combinations to mix and match meats with rice and grains, veggies and cheeses or salsas. They can be altered to be allergen-friendly, vegetarian and vegan.

    ~ Get the recipe!

    2. Paleo Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

      For those who want a little extra protein, these paleo meatballs are sure to please. They are also packed with iron and Vitamin C which means you’ve got a snack that’s working for you, not against you!

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      3. Southwestern Sweet Potato & Lentil “Jar Salad”

        Jar salads are quick to prepare and easy to store. They make fresh salads easy to take anywhere!

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        4. Moroccan Chickpea & Quinoa Power Salad

          This winner uses minimal ingredients and a short prep time for a fast and easy snack or side dish. The recipe also gives you homemade honey-lemon dressing which you can save in the fridge for other on-the-go meals!

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          5. Grain-Free Tahini Granola

            Making your own granola ensures that you are not consuming excess sugar and preservatives in many store-bought brands. Natural Granola is packed with healthy nutrients and can be enjoyed by itself or with your favorite flavor of yogurt. This knockout recipe can be made with oats or dried fruits too!

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            6. Nut-Free Granola

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              This recipe will keep your energy high whenever you need a little boost at work![1]

              Ingredients

              • 9 cups rolled oats (or combination of oats, rye, barley, etc.)
              • 1 cup unsalted, roasted hulled sunflower seeds
              • ½ cup flaxseed meal
              • ½ cup pure maple syrup
              • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
              • ½ cup honey
              • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
              • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
              • 1 teaspoon sea salt

              How to prepare:

              1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare baking sheets with parchment.
              2. In large mixing bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, flax seed meal, cinnamon and sea salt. Stir to combine.
              3. In medium saucepan, whisk maple syrup, honey, applesauce and vanilla over low heat until combined. (about 5 minutes)
              4. Pour hot syrup over oat mixture. Stir to combine.
              5. Pour mixture in a single layer onto prepared baking sheets.
              6. Bake for 50 minutes, stirring granola every 10 minutes. (For ease I set my timer five times for 10 minute increments)
              7. Let cool and store in airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature and up to one month in the refrigerator.

              7. Copy-Cat Bistro Boxes

                Look no further for a quick snack with almost no prep work or cooking needed.

                You just need boiled eggs, apple slices, celery, grapes, and a side of peanut or almond butter. You could mix it up with different berries, cherry tomatoes, multigrain cracks, and humus instead of peanut butter. Swap the cheese for an extra egg to make it dairy-free.

                In case you need it, here’s the recipe!

                8. Chicken Pita Pockets

                  Another filling snack for those who may have to skip breakfast every now and then. These pitas will keep you satisfied and focused. Swap the chicken with tofu for a meat-free option.

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                  9. Sweet Potato Quesadillas

                    This dairy-free option is best prepped the night before for one or two servings. You can use coconut oil to crisp the tortillas and mix in other veggies for more flavor.

                    ~ Get the recipe!

                    Sometimes we just need a little extra something to satisfy mid-morning or afternoon hunger pains. Each of the following twists on favorite snacks can be stored in bulk to get more out of your prep time.

                    10. Cinnamon-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
                      • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
                      • 1-2 packets stevia
                      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                      • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
                      • 1 small pinch sea salt

                      How to prepare:

                      1. Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl or mix together in a blender until smooth.
                      2. Refrigerate to set and stir occasionally.
                      3. Makes about 2 fresh servings that can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge.
                      4. Optional: Top with fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts before you leave the house for more delicious varieties.

                      11. Chocolate & Avocado Pudding

                        Ingredients:[2]

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                        • 1 medium ripe avocado
                        • ½ cup coconut or almond milk
                        • ¼ cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter (optional: use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter to keep it paleo)
                        • 4-6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
                        • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
                        • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                        • 2 pinches sea salt
                        • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

                        How to prepare:

                        1. Place all ingredients except the unsweetened coconut flakes into a food processor and mix until smooth.
                        2. Transfer to serving dishes, top with coconut if desired, and enjoy! Best eaten fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

                        12. No-Bake Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Bites

                          Ingredients:

                          • 2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
                          • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
                          • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
                          • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
                          • 1 teaspoon salt
                          • ¾ cup peanut butter or almond butter
                          • ¾ cup honey
                          • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

                          How to prepare:

                          1. Mix the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seed, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
                          2. Stir the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil together in a separate bowl.
                          3. Add this mixture into the oats and stir together until all of the oats are coated.
                          4. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to set for rolling.
                          5. Once chilled, roll into 1” rounds and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
                          6. Allow them to set in the fridge for 10 minutes before diving in. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

                          13. Dark Chocolate, Cranberry & Pumpkin Granola Bites

                            Ingredients:[3]

                            • 5 cups old fashioned oats
                            • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
                            • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
                            • 1 cup brown sugar (or ¾ cup stevia)
                            • ¾ cup almond slivers
                            • 1 cup dried cranberries
                            • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds
                            • 1½ cups pumpkin puree
                            • 1 cup applesauce
                            • ½ cup honey
                            • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                            • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
                            • 1 teaspoon salt

                            How to prepare:

                            1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10” by 10” baking pan and line with baking paper.
                            2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, spices, dried fruit, almonds, seeds, chocolate chips,  and salt.
                            3. In another medium-sized bowl, mix the sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour over oat mix and stir everything together until all of the oats are moist.
                            4. Pour the entire mixture into prepared pan and evenly spread the mix. Bake for 30-35 minutes to a golden brown top.
                            5. Allow 15-20 minutes for cooling and lift the paper to remove the entire bar.
                            6. Cut into desired shapes and sizes and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

                            14. Parmesan Kale Crisps

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 head of Kale
                              • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
                              • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
                              • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
                              • 1 tablespoon olive oil
                              • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

                              How to prepare:

                              1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a pan with baking sheets
                              2. Wash the entire body and cut off the stems. Then cut across the leaves into 2-inch slices.
                              3. In a large bowl, toss the Kale leaves in the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, cheese, and pepper flakes.
                              4. Lay the leaves on the sheet and place in the oven when ready. Bake until crisp for about 20 minutes, turning the leaves over at the 10 minute mark.

                              *This recipe will make 4-6 servings. The chips can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days. (You could also try this with seaweed if you really want to show off your new snack skills.)

                              15. Curried Beet Chips

                                Ingredients:

                                • 12 small beets, red or golden
                                • 1/2 cup olive oil
                                • 1 teaspoon curry powder
                                • 1.5 teaspoons sea salt

                                How to prepare:

                                1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
                                2. Wash and peel the beets, or use a veggie brush to remove outer skin. Use a mandolin slicer to cut them very thinly. Place the beets in a large bowl and mix with the olive oil, salt, and curry. Stir or toss the slices until they are fully covered. Allow them to marinate for up to 20 minutes.
                                3. Drain the oil and lay slices on the baking sheets. Bake for up to one hour. The thickness of your chips will affect baking time, for thinner slices bake for 45 minutes. Remove them from the oven once they are crispy and allow them to cool. Store them in an airtight container for up to a week.

                                See the original recipe.

                                16. Apple-Cinnamon Chips (Vegan, dairy free)

                                  This recipe only takes 3 ingredients and you can alter the amount of sugar to your preference. The thicker the chips the softer they will be and the thinner, the more crispy.

                                  Ingredients:

                                  • 4 Apples
                                  • 1-2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
                                  • 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
                                  • Cooking spray

                                  How to prepare:

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                                  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
                                  2. Wash the apples and remove the core. Slice them thinly across the apples, cutting them into circles.
                                  3. Toss the slices with cinnamon and sugar.
                                  4. Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray and line the slices on the pan without overlapping them. If you’re using larger apples, use two pans.
                                  5. Bake the chips for around 2.5 hours, until they are slightly soft but dry. Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

                                  17. Roasted Green Bean Fries

                                    Ingredients:[4]

                                    • 1 pound fresh green beans
                                    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
                                    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                                    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

                                    How to prepare:

                                    1. Preheat oven to 425. Wash green beans and remove stems if desired. Let them dry off.
                                    2. Add green beans to a bowl and drizzle oil over them. Mix with your hands to coat them evenly.
                                    3. Lay the greens on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
                                    4. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, flip them once about halfway through.

                                    *Mix honey with fresh garlic and chilis for a sweet and spicy dipping sauce!

                                    18. Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

                                      A hearty and simple dish that is prefect for upcoming fall. You can also swap the squash for sweet potatoes, zucchini, or a mixed vegetable medley.

                                      ~ Get the recipe!

                                      19. Edamame and Chickpea Salad with Lime Dressing

                                        Ingredients:[5]

                                        Dressing

                                        • 1 large avocado, flesh removed
                                        • 1/2 inch slice of ginger root (1/2″ – 1″ piece)
                                        • 1 shallot
                                        • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
                                        • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
                                        • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
                                        • 1 tablespoon olive oil
                                        • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

                                        Salad

                                        • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
                                        • ½ tablespoon olive oil
                                        • ¼ teaspoon salt
                                        • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
                                        • ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
                                        • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
                                        • ½ cup cashews
                                        • 10 oz. shelled edamame, cooked
                                        • 1½ cup chopped apples (about 2 small apples)
                                        • Salt & pepper to taste
                                        • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (optional)

                                        How to prepare:

                                        1. Create the dressing by placing ingredients in a high-speed blender and blending until smooth. Store extra dressing in an extra ajar or airtight container for up to one month in the fridge.
                                        2. Heat a skillet over high heat and add the chickpeas. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, or until they start to brown. Drizzle olive oil over chickpeas.
                                        3. Str in all of the spices and then add the cashews. Keep mixture over heat and stir until cashew are slightly toasted or brown.
                                        4. Add mixture, edamame and apples to a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper as you desire. Add desired amount of avocado-lime dressing and toss to coat salad evenly. Garnish with chopped basil and serve warm or chilled.
                                        5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days for freshness.

                                        20. Kale, Clementine and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing (Vegan option)

                                          Ingredients:

                                          Salad

                                          • 1 head of kale
                                          • 1 avocado, diced
                                          • 1 medium pomegranate
                                          • 4 clementines, peeled and sliced into rounds or small strips
                                          • 4 small radishes, sliced into thin rounds and then into skinny strips
                                          • 1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
                                          • ⅓ cup crumbled feta (skip for vegan)
                                          • ¼ cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds

                                          Dressing

                                          • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
                                          • 3 tablespoons olive oil
                                          • 1 medium jalapeño, membranes and seeds removed, finely chopped
                                          • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave nectar)
                                          • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
                                          • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
                                          • ⅛ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

                                          How to prepare:

                                          1. Create the dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
                                          2. Prepare the kale by slicing away the stems and chopping the leaves into small, bite-sized pieces.
                                          3. Move the kale to a large salad bowl and sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over the kale. Lightly toss the leaves and scrunch handfuls at a time until the leaves are darker in color and fragrant.
                                          4. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over the kale and toss so the kale is lightly coated.
                                          5. Add the prepared avocado, pomegranate seeds, clementines, radishes, cilantro and feta over top.
                                          6. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until they smell fragrant and toasty.
                                          7. Transfer the seeds to the salad and toss the salad to mix all ingredients.
                                          8. Store leftover dressing for up to one month in an airtight container, refrigerated. Leftover salad can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

                                          See original recipe.

                                          More adventurous snackers will enjoy using a dehydrator. Dehydrator recipes include endless varieties of homemade granolas, dried fruit mixes, veggies, and jerky. These snacks from Dried and True will take longer to prepare but can be made in bulk and last for a couple weeks when stored properly.

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                                          21. Dried Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

                                            Ingredients:

                                            • 3 cups fresh cherry or grape tomatoes
                                            • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
                                            • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
                                            • 2 sprigs Thyme
                                            • 1 sprig rosemary
                                            • 1 cup olive oil (more as needed)

                                            How to prepare:

                                            1. Bring a medium pot of water to a slight boil on medium-high heat.
                                            2. While waiting for the water, line a dehydrator trays with nonstick mesh sheet and lightly coat the sheets in olive oil.
                                            3. Once the water has boiled, place the tomatoes in the pot until most of their skins break open. Remove the tomatoes and use a knife to peel off the skins.
                                            4. Place tomatoes on the prepped trays. Set dehydrator for 135°F, for about 22-24 hours. Careful not to dry them so much that they become too tough.
                                            5. Remove and place them in a large bowl with the sea salt and vinegar.
                                            6. Layer the herbs into a large jar, add the tomatoes overtop, and pour in the olive oil. Add additional oil as needed to cover all of the tomatoes.
                                            7. Marinate in the jar for 24 hours, then move to the refrigerator for up to one month. Viola.

                                            22. Dried Shrimp

                                              Ingredients:

                                              • 1 pound of peeled and cooked bay shrimp
                                              • 1 teaspoon olive oil for coating trays
                                              • Optional topping ideas: sea salt, cayenne pepper

                                              How to prepare:

                                              1. Line dehydrator trays with non-stick mesh sheets and coat them lightly with olive oil.
                                              2. Toss shrimp with a topping (if desired).
                                              3. Spread the shrimp on the prepped trays and dry at 160°F for 8-12 hours until dry and slightly cracking.
                                              4. Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

                                              23. Yogurt Covered Raisins

                                                Ingredients:

                                                • 1 pound seedless black grapes
                                                • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
                                                • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
                                                • 1 tablespoon honey
                                                • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

                                                How to prepare:

                                                1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat.
                                                2. Line dehydrator trays with non-stick mesh sheets and lightly coat them with olive oil.
                                                3. Soak the grapes in the boiling water and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 2-4 minutes until the skins begin to crack open. Remove them with a slotted spoon and allow them to cool completely.
                                                4. Place them on the prepared trays and dry at 135°F for 16-20. Check frequently for chewiness. Remove them once they are no longer squishy through the center.
                                                5. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt them in the microwave for 30-second intervals. Stir in between to ensure the chips melt thoroughly. Mix in the yogurt and coconut oil until the mixture is smooth.
                                                6. Stir in the freshly dried raisins until they are fully covered.
                                                7. Spread raisins out on thin, mesh a cooling rack and allow them to set.
                                                8. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks, or in freeze them for up to 6 months.

                                                24. Ginger & Soy Green Bean Crisps

                                                  Ingredients:

                                                  • 1 pound fresh green beans
                                                  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
                                                  • 1 garlic clove
                                                  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
                                                  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

                                                  How to prepare:

                                                  1. Wash, stem and diagonally cut the green beans into 1/4 in slivers. Peel and mince the garlic an place in a small bowl. Peel and grate the ginger.
                                                  2. Boil a pot of water over medium-high heat and add a pinch of sea salt. Add the green beans once boiled for about 2 minutes.
                                                  3. Strain and run cool water over the beans for about 1 minute to cool them completely.
                                                  4. Line a dehydrator tray with non-stick mesh sheets lightly coated in cooking or olive oil.
                                                  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. Add the beans and toss them until fully covered with the sauce. Marinate them for about 15 minutes, stirring them every 5 minutes or so.
                                                  6. Drain the beans (save the sauce if you’d like), and lay the slices onto the prepped trays. Dry at 135°F for 4-6 hours until crispy.
                                                  7. Let them cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.

                                                  25. Garlic & Sage Turkey Jerky

                                                    Ingredients:

                                                    • 2.5 pounds turkey breast
                                                    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
                                                    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
                                                    • 8 sage leaves
                                                    • 2 tablespoons molasses
                                                    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
                                                    • 2.5 teaspoons sea salt

                                                    How to prepare:

                                                    1. Remove skin from the turkey breast and place turkey in the freezer for 2-4 hours until it is firm but not frozen. Cut into diagonal strips that are about 2 inches wide.
                                                    2. Warm the olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sage to the oil and simmer together for 1-2 minutes.
                                                    3. Stir in the molasses, black pepper, and then remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
                                                    4. In a large bowl, toss the turkey slices with the salt and oil mixture until all slices are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
                                                    5. Line dehydrator trays with non-stick mesh sheets and lightly coat them with cooking or olive oil. Lay the turkey slices evenly on the trays and dry at 160°F for 3-5 hours. Blot excess juice occasionally and remove them once them have dried but are still slightly moist to the touch. Allow them to cool completely.
                                                    6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze the jerky for up to 6 months.

                                                    One of the best places for snacking inspiration is a local farmer’s market. Shopping for what’s in season will inspire simple, creative dishes that are easy to include in your schedule. Here are some other ways to achieve lasting effects in your workplace.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Tesco Real Food: Nut-free Granola
                                                    [2] Further Food: Avocado Date Chocolate Pudding
                                                    [3] Infinitebalance: Dark Chocolate, Cranberry & Pumpkin Granola Bites
                                                    [4] Food Networks: Baked Parm Green Bean Fries
                                                    [5] Mother Thyme: Edamame and Chickpea Salad with Lime Dressing

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                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                    • (1) Research
                                                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                    • (3) Creating the outline
                                                    • (4) Drafting the content
                                                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                    • (6) Revision
                                                    • (7) etc.

                                                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                    2. Change Your Environment

                                                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                    6. Get a Buddy

                                                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                    Reality check:

                                                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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