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Procrastination plagues all of us sometimes. If you experience frequent or occasional bouts of procrastination, maybe when it comes to work, replying to friends’ emails, or getting things done around your home at Meetinghouse, there are ways to combat it. If you want to make a change, start with these tips:

  1. Hold yourself accountable. If you have to, tell family and friends about your goals or tasks. For instance, let those close to you know you are training for a race or trying to lose weight. You might feel more motivated to stick with your training and work out instead of putting it off.
  2. Maintain a positive attitude. Try to look at your tasks in a positive light. For example, instead of looking at a presentation for work as an inconvenience, look at it as an opportunity to earn some recognition or work toward a promotion. You might be less likely to procrastinate if you have a better attitude.
  3. Set deadlines. If you are given tasks without deadlines, make your own due date. That way you know when you need to start and finish the task in order to get it done in a timely manner.

How to Stop Procrastinating [Scientific American]
Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination [The McGraw Center]
Why You Procrastinate, and How to Stop It. Now. [Forbes]