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The Causes of Procrastination And How To Conquer Them

The Causes of Procrastination And How To Conquer Them

It may be hard for some of us who are naturally organized and prompt to understand why others put off doing something or even deciding to do something until certain situations force them into action. The main reason people procrastinate like this is because they can’t appreciate the value in finishing a task right away. That’s not to say however that each and every task is enjoyable – most procrastinators put off what they don’t enjoy doing. If you’re a procrastinator, you can evaluate why you don’t enjoy doing certain things and work to conquer those reasons in an effort to conquer procrastination.

For instance, perhaps you are a perfectionist and don’t believe that you can complete a project unless it’s perfectly done. To combat this mode of assured self-defeat, you must accept that your performance is just as well done as anyone else’s. We all can only do our best at whatever we do at any time. The end result may be different, however our effort and sincerity are the same. As a result, perfection is in the eye of the beholder. If you can feel confident and proud about the effort you put into your performance, there’s no reason to criticize it as “less-than-perfect” because in essence – your performance was about as perfect as you could make it!

Maybe you procrastinate things because you feel the work involved is too complicated. The only way to conquer this situation is to divide a task into smaller pieces and then perform each piece one at time before a set deadline. For example, if you need to write a 25 paragraph essay within a period of five days, you could write five paragraphs per day instead of waiting until the last minute to write all of them. In doing so, you’ll realize that a project becomes less overwhelming the more you work on it – bit by bit.

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Conquering procrastination takes activity. And the keyword in ‘activity’ is ‘act,’ which is consequently a distinct action that we physically do or cause to happen. Now without action, ‘activity’ is useless and is a mere concept appearing on your screen or idea in your mind. But to make ‘activity’ meaningful, you must ‘act’ on it and physically move to manifest the concept into that which is tangible and that others can enjoy. By tangible, we mean a result that can be observed as a fact – not an opinion, not an idea, not a hope, and not a dream.

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Nicole Miller is a developer and member of the Association of Shareware Professionals.

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Last Updated on October 9, 2018

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

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