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Just do it: How to work when you really don't feel like it

As an entrepreneur or business owner, you can't avoid tasks that need to be done just because you don't feel like doing them. Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. And it's procrastination, rather than lack of motivation, that's the main obstacle to achieving your goals. You don't have to feel like doing something to actually do it, says entrepreneur, founder and CEO Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the reasons why people procrastinate and shares some top tips on how to stop pro...
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The best ways to beat procrastination

We all procrastinate occasionally and there's usually no harm in delaying a task we find daunting or unpleasant by doing something easier or more enjoyable first. When you're affected by negative consequences however—such as missing important deadlines or constantly feeling anxious and overburdened—then you need to take action. It's important to understand that procrastinating doesn't mean you're inherently lazy. Procrastination is a habit that often develops out of a fear of failure or rejectio...
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5 ways to make tough decisions faster (and not regret them later)

Almost everything we do involves making decisions and we make many of them without giving much conscious thought to them. When it comes to making difficult career or life decisions, you'll naturally want to weigh up your options and consider the possible ramifications before choosing the option you think will better serve you. Deliberating for too long however can make it harder for you to decide and prevent you moving forward. In this article, author and time-management coach Elizabet...
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Avoiding your career change? 4 ways to beat resistance and get going with your shift

Resistance can take various forms—procrastination, deliberation, fear, uncertainty, self-doubt—and any one or more of these can stop you taking action on your career change, says career coach Natasha Stanley. In this article, she explores the "three levels of focus that elicit resistance" from questioning whether you're doing the right thing to taking the first baby steps or diving right in to your new career. She also shares the four key elements you need to overcome resistance and build the re...
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Procrastination - a step-by-step guide to stop procrastinating

We all make excuses occasionally to put off what we should be doing in favour of doing something more pleasurable instead. Chronic procrastination however can lead to negative consequences such as poor performance, missed deadlines or lost opportunities. The key to overcoming this self-defeating behavior is to find out what your specific reasons are for procrastinating so you can tackle the underlying problem. Here, Leon Ho shares how to identify what type of procrastinator you are and eliminate...
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Why you should make an anti-resolution list (and what to put on it)

Many of us make New Year's resolutions with the intention of bettering ourselves in the coming year, yet between 80 and 92 per cent of resolutions are destined to fail. You have to put considerable effort into developing new habits and—with January being one of the worst times of year to start something new—instead of making a resolutions list this year, you might want to consider making an anti-resolution list instead. To help you get started, Stephanie Vozza shares here nine ideas fr...
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How the '5 Second Rule' can help you fight the urge to procrastinate

Procrastination is a trap we all fall into sometimes. It's natural to want to delay an unpleasant though necessary task in favor of doing something more enjoyable. Chronic procrastination however is a self-sabotaging behavior that reduces productivity. It can also lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression, and self-doubt, which then create a vicious cycle of further procrastination, additional stress and increased anxiety. The key to breaking this cycle is to create a more...
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How to stop procrastinating on self-change

Procrastination is problematic for so many people that numerous studies have been carried out to discover the underlying causes and most effective strategies for overcoming the problem. If you're a chronic procrastinator, consistently putting off the important things you need to do can impact multiple areas of your life and undermine your goals, causing you stress, anxiety and regret. Learning time management techniques alone isn't enough to eliminate the problem. Changing your procrastinat...
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26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Boosting your productivity isn't about getting more things done each day; it's about getting important things done more efficiently. We all have days when we accomplish only a fraction of what we intended. When it becomes a regular occurrence however, it's time to take action. Procrastination and poor organizational skills are major contributors to low productivity. To help you overcome these challenges and improve your time-management skills, Shana Lebowitz shares here the top tips Étienne Garb...
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