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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
-- John Locke
 

 

Tuesday, June 15, 1999

Conquer procrastination

When something needs to be done, go ahead and do it as soon as possible. Putting it off until later only adds to the energy and effort required of you. The less you procrastinate, the more you’ll get done and the more effective you’ll be.

So how do you conquer procrastination? First, think of all the undesirable things that will happen if you don’t get the job done. It’s easy to procrastinate when you refuse to even think about the negative consequences of not taking action. So fight procrastination by focusing on the undesirable things it would surely bring.

Beyond that, think of the positive consequences that will come when you do take action. Strengthen your own desire and motivation to get the job done.

Then, decide on a good starting place, accept that you probably won’t get it perfect, and jump right in. Get it done. Do it now. You know it needs to be done. Keep in mind what will happen if you don’t, and compare that to what will happen if you do. Make the choice that will bring the best results. It’s your life. Stop putting it off. Move it forward right now.

— Ralph Marston

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