by AFI
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I once found a website on "how to stop procrastinating"....and I bookmarked it to read later.

I'm a terrible procrastinator. How do you guys manage your day and kick yourself in the backside?
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Ha ha! Very funny.

    To answer your question: quantify your goals and keep them in mind always. Then you can ask yourself whether any particular activity will get you closer.

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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    I always tell myself, there's no other day more perfect than today.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by King Shiloh View Post

      I always tell myself, there's no other day more perfect than today.
      I always tell myself there's no more perfect day than tomorrow. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author NickP
    Easy, every morning WRITE OUT a list prioritized from most important to least important. Check off tasks when you complete them. This really helps you stay focused and avoid the "browsing drift."

    Believe it or not, I actually plan my time on warrior forum (since I'm relatively new) so that I build my value as a trusted warrior, while continuing to generate income.
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    I spend way too much time reading message forums. But I AM trying to soak in a lot of information right now too. I just need to clone me.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdmiralGloom
    I read in a article once that you should make three week goals. Short term goals so you don't overpower yourself, write them in the order you wish to complete and if you don't complete one or a few put it in the front of the line (if you can) for the next three weeks. Ive turned it into a daily journal/notes.
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  • Profile picture of the author JMoney172
    I too spend way too much time on forums. It's easy to get distracted when you spend most of your day in front of the computer. You'll see some other Warriors here mention the term "laser focus". That's what I find I need to do.

    Before I go to sleep, I make a list of tasks that need to be completed. Then I'll prioritize them. Based on my schedule the following day I'll pick two or three tasks to focus on and complete. If I can break larger tasks into smaller chunks I do. I then spend at least an hour on each task and only on that task. In between tasks I'll either have something planned (class or lunch) or just take a break and go walk outside for a while.

    I find having headphones on and music playing tends to help me focus better and keeps other outside distractions away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    I like NickP's response. Create a list of what you need to get done throughout the day or week, and just work on completing each task (ahead of time if possible).

    Also, if you cloned yourself, wouldn't you just have someone to talk to that enjoys procrastinating as much as you do? Seems this would be a grave distraction.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    I once found a website on "how to stop procrastinating"....and I bookmarked it to read later.
    LOL.... That was the laugh I needed for the day!
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    • Profile picture of the author Fleki
      Originally Posted by Caleb Spilchen View Post

      LOL.... That was the laugh I needed for the day!
      ha ha, i didn't even catch it (despite the smileys) until you pointed it out....


      I read something that works 100% of the time for me. Whenever you do something, whatever it is you're doing, start off by going crazy at it for the first 5 minutes... Even if you have to tell yourself, I'll just work on this for 5 minutes and then I'm done.

      Those first 5 minutes should set the pace for the rest of your rime working on it. At the end of the day, leave something you'll jump on for the first five minutes next time around, so that you don't have to look for things to do the next day.

      Try it, you'll be amazed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Irishman
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    I once found a website on "how to stop procrastinating"....and I bookmarked it to read later.

    I'm a terrible procrastinator. How do you guys manage your day and kick yourself in the backside?
    Sorry for the delay... I read your post then decided to go grab lunch. j/k

    I ABSOLUTELY believe in making a list at the beginning of every day. Really scheduling your agenda, and altering your priorities. There have been times where I genuinely didn't want to stop reading up on a subject, but discipline requires to follow my agreed upon agenda from start of the day.

    I do build in "lost" time, similar to budgeting. There are times in our budget we miss things like a toll booth or coffee run that could impact over all budget. In similar fashion, build in some "lost" time to your day. But each time you are about to break your schedule, at minimum, stop and bump it up against your priority list you previously established for the day.

    There's no better feeling (well, not entirely true, but close) than drawing a solid line through an action item you established needed to be completed.

    Hope it helps.

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    Well, I've been where u r , and i can tell you one thing, what i and other member will tell you will never change you and will never ever make a difference ...
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    Well I've just thought about it over lunch and I came up with a pretty good plan. I'm trying to launch about 5 different websites right now. Since there are 5 days in the business week, I'm going to make it a schedule to work on one website each day. That way they each get worked on and I have a set regimen for the day. I thought it was a plan worth sharing....
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Hines
      Hi Jennifer,

      Very funny opening line -

      I have messed a lot of things up over the years and missed some golden opportunities due to my inclination to procrastinate.

      I've been using the methods taught by the 5 bucks a day guy. (You've probably heard about his stuff, if not a Google search will take you to what he has to offer.)

      Without going into his entire method, I know how much I ultimately want to earn and keep that as my goal.

      I keep a list of every potential project that could make me a few bucks a day (hopefully long term.)

      I dedicate each day of an entire week, sometimes two or three, to working only on that project. The list will always be there and I can find something new and exciting when the current project is done. But until I've completed a project I simply don't move on to something new.

      I allocate time to learn each day, but I try not to spend more than 1/2 hour to reading information or surfing around. I've spent too many 8 hour marathons reading reports, eBooks, sales letters, etc.. and telling myself that I was working on my business. I wasn't, I was wasting time that should have been spent focused on a project and doing actual work.

      That's all I got. I'm still a procrastinator (I think it's in my DNA), but I do stay focused and get results by using this method to keep myself on track.
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    • Profile picture of the author Teravel
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      Well I've just thought about it over lunch and I came up with a pretty good plan. I'm trying to launch about 5 different websites right now. Since there are 5 days in the business week, I'm going to make it a schedule to work on one website each day. That way they each get worked on and I have a set regimen for the day. I thought it was a plan worth sharing....
      This seems like a great plan, but what happens when you fall into the "I've been doing this for months with nothing to show!" trend?
      My suggestion would be to work on one of your 5 websites until it is set up, has content, and is getting at least a little traffic. Then you could move to your second, then third, etc...
      Once you have all 5 of them set up, you could do a daily rotation for updating them and doing extra SEO and traffic promotion.
      Another problem this could solve is 'If what you do with one website doesn't work, it may not work with the other 4 either'. You don't want to copy a failing website a bunch of times. Just my thoughts.
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    • Profile picture of the author TSDMike
      Hi Jennifer,

      I saw an ad in a magazine once for Nike running shoes. It showed a woman sitting on the edge of her bed with her shoes on the floor next to her feet and a thoughtful look on her face. The caption read something to the effect of:

      "If you'd started jogging at the time you began thinking about jogging, you'd be done already."

      Your initial post made me think of that.

      Seriously though, what I did was I went out and got a dry-erase board and stuck it on the wall next to my desk. On it is all the tasks I need to complete, with deadlines. The tasks are outlined with the steps required to complete the task, in order.

      While this hasn't been 1000000% effective in curing my procrastination habit, it does feel pretty damn good to erase those tasks one by one as they're finished.
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    • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
      I have the magic formula for curing procrastination, I learned it from Tony Robbins.

      When you associate PAIN to taking action in the short term, and PLEASURE to inaction, you will always tend to procrastinate.

      As human beings we try to move away from pain, and towards pleasure.

      And we usually place more emphasis on short term pain and pleasure.

      You need to DESTROY these two associations...

      Short term inaction = PLEASURE
      Short term action = PAIN


      If you can reverse these two to this...

      Short term inaction = PAIN
      Short term action = PLEASURE


      ...you will stop procrastinating.

      One thing you could do is set up an alarm to go off every 30 minutes, if you are procrastinating when it goes off then you have to create a pain association, for example 10 push ups or something uncomfortable.

      If after the alarm goes off you are taking action, you need to create a pleasure association - reward yourself by listening to some music etc.

      If you keep doing this, eventually you'll associate pain to procrastinating, and pleasure to taking action.

      The small amount of will power you do have, you use to enforce your punishment/reward after each 30 minutes, depending on whether you are taking action or not.

      Every other method/tactic/strategy I've tried has failed miserably. I don't believe it can be done any other way, other than forced accountability which is difficult to set up, and usually unrealistic.

      Nothing else will work long term, simply because we can't change our human nature - if we associate pleasure to procrastination and pain to short term action, we will eventually revert back to what is pleasurable.

      So this must be resolved.
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      • Profile picture of the author AshleyB
        Originally Posted by oneplusone View Post

        I have the magic formula for curing procrastination, I learned it from Tony Robbins.

        When you associate PAIN to taking action in the short term, and PLEASURE to inaction, you will always tend to procrastinate.

        As human beings we try to move away from pain, and towards pleasure.

        And we usually place more emphasis on short term pain and pleasure.

        You need to DESTROY these two associations...

        Short term inaction = PLEASURE
        Short term action = PAIN


        If you can reverse these two to this...

        Short term inaction = PAIN
        Short term action = PLEASURE


        ...you will stop procrastinating.

        One thing you could do is set up an alarm to go off every 30 minutes, if you are procrastinating when it goes off then you have to create a pain association, for example 10 push ups or something uncomfortable.

        If after the alarm goes off you are taking action, you need to create a pleasure association - reward yourself by listening to some music etc.

        If you keep doing this, eventually you'll associate pain to procrastinating, and pleasure to taking action.

        The small amount of will power you do have, you use to enforce your punishment/reward after each 30 minutes, depending on whether you are taking action or not.

        Every other method/tactic/strategy I've tried has failed miserably. I don't believe it can be done any other way, other than forced accountability which is difficult to set up, and usually unrealistic.

        Nothing else will work long term, simply because we can't change our human nature - if we associate pleasure to procrastination and pain to short term action, we will eventually revert back to what is pleasurable.

        So this must be resolved.
        I think I'll give this a try tomorrow.
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        • Profile picture of the author unclepennybags
          I just do it.

          I take frequent breaks. What I have started doing lately actually is use a stop watch set for an hour. Then do as much work as I can in that hour. Once it goes off I take 5 which means grab something to eat or maybe watch a video. Then repeat.

          Also if you feel you will not get distracted you should open a tab for youtube and listen to music softly while you work. I personally like listening to classical guitar or piano at a low volume.

          The bulk of my work is building backlinks and spinning articles as this can be mind numbing. Hope this helped.
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        • Profile picture of the author AFI
          Originally Posted by AshleyB View Post

          I think I'll give this a try tomorrow.
          That made me laugh so hard!!
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        • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
          Originally Posted by AshleyB View Post

          I think I'll give this a try tomorrow.
          That is cool. Its makes me smile really big also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Nguyen
    LOL you're funny

    I have a challenge for you

    Write down what you need to do today
    Set yourself a time limit
    Click this link:Online Stopwatch

    Enter it in and watch your minutes disappear.

    If you're normal then you should have the feeling
    that time is running out and "where is my life going" kind
    of feeling.

    TRY it, I double dare you! You chicken
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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    I'm a terrible procrastinator. How do you guys manage your day and kick yourself in the backside?
    Simple, I got married and now I no longer have to worry about what I should do next. I just follow the list.
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      I spend way too much time reading message forums. But I AM trying to soak in a lot of information right now too. I just need to clone me.
      Jennifer, I'm sending you a graphics related PM.

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  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    Outside accountability. Tell someone else what you are going to do and when you will have it done, and tell them you will report back to them.

    I do this with a group of people. We post goals at the beginning of the week, then report back on which ones we accomplished and which didn't get finished. Although I do not always get them all done, the threat of public humiliation is good motivation. ;o)
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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    I read a book a while back, that pretty much opened up my mind to how I think and react. It taught me to recognize the bad reactions to positive actions, and why those reactions happened.
    And when I found out the root, it became that much easier to understand, which allowed me to started getting work done.
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