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Get a Handle on Procrastination – Just Say No

It is terrific to know you can get a handle on procrastination by learning that it is okay to say “no.” Procrastination is typically defined as postponing to do something, particularly postponing to do something as a regular practice. There are of course almost as many reasons for procrastination as there are people who procrastinate. Fortunately for those who want stop procrastinating, there are also almost as many possible solutions.

One reason people procrastinate is because they have too many things to do and they feel overwhelmed by it all. A person with this problem usually has several people asking her to do things at the same time and she finds it difficult to say no. However, this woman must learn to say no at selective times to select requests so that she does not become overwhelmed by an unmanageable to do list and does not fall back on procrastination.

Many people treat their to do lists the way kids in a candy store treat all sweet treats. A kid in a candy store will eat more and more and more candy and not stop eating sweet treats until her stomach is filled to bursting and she is ready to throw up. Many people treat their to do lists just like this. They keep adding more and more things to the lists without any regard to how much will actually get done and when it will all get done. When a person looks down at the to do list at the start of each day, she throws her hands up in frustration because there is too much to do and there is no way it can possibly get done in a day. People with this problem are desperately need to learn to selectively say no.

What does it mean to selectively say no? It means not biting off more than one can chew. When a person learns to say selectively say no, she has taken a big step toward getting procrastination under control instead of being controlled by it.. For example, a mother waiting at the bus stop with her kids is asked by another parent to handle the upcoming school bake sale and says yes. When she says yes, she knows full well that she has other commitments and does not have the time to do a good job on the bake sale. However, she has a problem saying no. In the work context a woman gets roped in on a group project with her peers, but she is behind on three reports, needs to go grocery shopping and her children need new shoes. She should have said no to the extra project.

In order to stop being overwhelmed by your to do list and suffering from procrastination stop saying yes to everything you are asked to do. Instead of giving quick yeses, learn the power of slow nos. If you are asked to do something, look at your calendar. If there is room in the calendar for you to do it and you want to do it, then say yes. If there is no room in the calendar you cannot accept a new task without getting rid of something that is already on the list. In addition, if it is a task you do not want to do and can live without doing, do not accept it. Once you learn to accept only task you have time for and a desire to do, you will be in control of your to do list and will have one more tool in the weapon against procrastination.

In conclusion, it is terrific to know you can get a handle on procrastination by learning that it is okay to say “no.” So, the question for you this terrific day is, what do you need to say no to so important things can get your yes?

Janeane Davis

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  • The world needs people who say NO because if everybody got what they wanted, it would be chaotic.

  • Procrastination is a hard enemy if you can't resist to do the wrong things..

  • I find that I procrastinate because I "forecast" that a task will take longer than it actually does.

  • Sometimes, I felt disgusted when I cannot say no to other's requests or something that I don't like. Well, I tried this habit to get rid at once....trying hard..

  • Words to live by- thank you for sharing. Procastination is a terrible habit of mine!

  • I always joke that I should stop procrastinating... and that I'll work on it tomorrow.

  • I love this post and boy is it true! I find myself procrastinating a lot sometimes, I will truly put these tips to use indeed. Thanks for this post, I needed this!

  • I am a terrible procrastinator, I really need to put these tips to work like yesterday

  • This is such good advice- I like the idea that saying no to the wrong things frees me up to do a better job with the "Yes's" in my life. Thanks for sharing!!

  • My to-do list is so long. I try to do a few things a night. I don't procrastinate, just need more time!!

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