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How to Tie a Tie Like an Expert

How to Tie a Tie Like an Expert

If you’re a man, tying a tie is going to come up. Aside from weddings and funerals, you’ll look good if you wear one at work regardless of the dress code. Prepare yourself for life with 12 ways to tie a tie like an expert.

1. Four in Hand

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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    Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of narrow end.

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      Cross the wide end back underneath the narrow end.

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        Cross back over the front of the narrow end again.

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          Bring the wide end up behind the back of the loop.

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            Pull the wide end down through the front knot.

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              Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                Don’t forget to smile… ;)

                2. Windsor

                Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 18 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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                  Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

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                    Cross the wide end up and through the back of the loop and pull to the right.

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                      Bring the wide end back up behind the knot and to the left.

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                        Bring the wide end up in front of the loop and drop down through the back of the loop.

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                          Pull the wide end to the right.

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                            Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

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                              Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                Pull the wide end down and pass through the loop to form the knot.

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                                  Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie…

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                                    “Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind” – Chris Cornell

                                    3. Nicky

                                    Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                      Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                        Bring the wide end up over top of the narrow end.

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                                          Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the right.

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                                            Cross the wide end over the front of the knot.

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                                              Bring the wide end up behind the back of the narrow end

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                                                Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                  “You’re the best around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down” – Joe Esposito

                                                  4. Half-Windsor

                                                  Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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                                                    Cross the wide part of the tie over front of the narrow end.

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                                                      Bring the wide end back underneath the narrow end to the left.

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                                                        Lift the wide end up in front of the loop and drop down through the back of the loop.

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                                                          Pull the wide end to the right.

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                                                            Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                              Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                  Any man with a microphone can tell you what he loves the most…” – Jack White

                                                                  5. Grantchester

                                                                  Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 16 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                    Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                      Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

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                                                                         Cross the wide end under the knot to the other side.

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                                                                          Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                            Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                              Pull the wide end down and pass the loop in front and to the right.

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                                                                                Cross the wide end under the knot to the opposite side.

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                                                                                  Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                    Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                                      Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                        Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero. Or live long enough to see yourself become a villain…” – S. Carter

                                                                                        6. Balthus

                                                                                        Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 18 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                          Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                             Bring the wide end up over top of the narrow end.

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                                                                                              Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the right.

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                                                                                                Bring the wide end up and over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                  Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the left.

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                                                                                                    Bring the wide end up and over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                      Pull the wide end down behind the knot and to the right.

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                                                                                                        Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                          Bring the wide end up behind the knot.

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                                                                                                            Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                              “There’s room at the top I’m telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill…” – John Lennon

                                                                                                              7. Kelvin

                                                                                                              Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out). Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                  Cross the wide end under the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                    Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                      Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                                                                        Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                          I’m a slave to myself and disobey my boss…” – Lupe Fiasco  

                                                                                                                          8. St Andrew

                                                                                                                          Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                                                            Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                              Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                Cross the wide end behind the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                   Bring the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                     Pull the wide end down behind the knot and to the right.

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                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up behind the knot.

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                                                                                                                                          Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                            “Victory consistently – train all year to be the enemies misery. No stress visibly neither does it enter me. I think positively. You cant harm me mentally…” – Dwayne Carter Jr.

                                                                                                                                            9. Victoria

                                                                                                                                            Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                              Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                                Cross the wide end behind the loop to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                  Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                    Cross the wide end behind the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                          Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                                            “You want to succeed you have to try or one day you’ll get older, and regret it all cause you can’t provide…” – Marcus Hopsin

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                            10. Hanover

                                                                                                                                                            Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                                                                                              Cross the narrow end of the tie over the front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                                                                Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Pull the wide end down over the front of the knot and to the left.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end behind the back of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                           Pull the wide end down behind the back of the knot to the left.

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                                                                                                                                                                             Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  “Bow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yay. Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah” – George Clinton

                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Shelby (Pratt)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Bring the wide end up over top of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                         Pull the wide end down and to the left.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                “It’s hard being young from the slums, eatin five cent gums, not knowin where your meals comin from” – Christopher Wallace

                                                                                                                                                                                                12. Cavendish

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches below the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cross the wide end underneath the narrow end to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end over the front of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pull the wide end down over the front of the knot and to the right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cross the wide end behind the back of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cross the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Put the gloves on, sparring with my ego. Everyone’s greatest obstacle, I beat ’em,,,” – Ben Haggerty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    General Tips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When you’re finished, the wide end of your tie should barely touch your belt buckle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Untie your tie every night before storage to prevent wrinkles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You should own at least 5 ties: 1 Solid Black, 1 Solid Red, 3 Misc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can purchase ties for $1-$5 at any thrift shop, clothing exchange, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Always wear a tie to an interview, and if nobody else is wearing a tie at work, be the only guy doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only wear a tie on a date if it’s required where you’re going.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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