To Manage Procrastination
I don't know where to begin, so I can't begin at all.
have to do EVERYTHING! Nothing less will do.
most important step is to pick one project to focus on.
Break the Task Down
into Little Pieces
There's so much to do, and it's so complicated. I'm overwhelmed by my English
I don't have to do the whole project at once. There are separate small steps I
can take one at a time to begin researching and drafting my paper.
Set Up Small,
I have to write my thesis within two months.
If I write 2 pages per day, Monday-Friday, I can finish a 1st draft in 1 month.
I'll have a revised final draft in 2 months.
Take One Small Step
at a Time.
It's too much. I'll never get it all done
What is the
one next step on my list? I'll concentrate on that step for right now
Right Away When You Accomplish a Small Goal.
I can't take any time out until I'm completely finished.
I spent an hour working. Now I'll call a friend.
Use a Time Schedule.
I must devote the whole week to this project
I can use
these times this week to work on my project:
Monday 7-8; Tuesday 7-9; Saturday 10-12.
Learn How to Tell
Sorting through these papers and reorganizing my file cabinet will be a snap. It
won't take me more than an hour, so I can do it any time.
papers always takes longer than I expect, so I'll start tonight. I'll spend 1
hour filing 1 stack of papers.
Chances for Success.
I'll do my writing this weekend at home.
I'll write during the week in a library. (Choose whatever conditions are optimal
for you to get work done.)
I am the only person in the world who can do this.
Instead: I don't have to do this all by myself.
I can ask someone else to do part of the job and still feel a sense of
Just Get Started.
I can't write this speech until inspiration hits.
I'll write what first comes to mind, then improve it later.
Look at What You
I have hardly made a dent in all there is to do.
I have reviewed my lecture notes and read 3 chapters. That won't guarentee me an
"A", but it's more than I did yesterday.
I should be able to work full-time, take 4 classes, be president of the
Esperanto Club, spend more time with friends, and play tennis 2 hours a day with
no trouble at all.
I have limits. I can take on fewer responsibilities and still like myself.
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