Procrastination and poor time management are a big problem and concern. You can beat procrastination when you set deadlines for completion – preferably today.

Procrastination is your worst enemy in the battle against wasting time. And it’s a bad habit – one that can neutralize many other good ones, if you let it get out of hand. It is tempting to put off things you don’t enjoy doing. But when those tasks are important, you can end up sabotaging your success.

A definition of successful people is that they don’t like some of the important tasks… but they do them anyway! And that is why they enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Putting off things for later can happen because you don’t like doing a particular task, or because you are lazy/tired/incapable of handling it. That’s no longer a valid excuse – because it is now possible to outsource those tasks to get them done.

My personal approach is to break down projects into bite-sized pieces – and then set out to do one of the pieces, then get it done today. Unless it gets done, I don’t go to sleep! That’s an effective cure against time management procrastination.

Now, this isn’t always possible. But it is still desirable to strive for such a goal – because even if you end up doing less than the task, you’ll still get some part of the project done daily!

Not only that, the very action of doing something every day, moving slowly but surely towards your goal, sets up a positive reinforcement loop that energizes you. And over time, doing your daily tasks becomes a habit – and happens automatically!

Procrastination is your worst enemy in the battle against wasting time. And it’s a bad habit – one that can neutralize many other good ones, if you let it get out of hand. It is tempting to put off things you don’t enjoy doing. But when those tasks are important, you can end up sabotaging your success.

A definition of successful people is that they don’t like some of the important tasks… but they do them anyway! And that is why they enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Putting off things for later can happen because you don’t like doing a particular task, or because you are lazy/tired/incapable of handling it. That’s no longer a valid excuse – because it is now possible to outsource those tasks to get them done.

My personal approach is to break down projects into bite-sized pieces – and then set out to do one of the pieces, then get it done today. Unless it gets done, I don’t go to sleep! That’s an effective cure against time management procrastination.

Now, this isn’t always possible. But it is still desirable to strive for such a goal – because even if you end up doing less than the task, you’ll still get some part of the project done daily!

Not only that, the very action of doing something every day, moving slowly but surely towards your goal, sets up a positive reinforcement loop that energizes you. And over time, doing your daily tasks becomes a habit – and happens automatically!

One of the best ways to beat time management procrastination is to ask yourself what is the best use of your time, right now?

Sometimes the secret to getting things done during the day is to keep reminding yourself of the work that’s ahead. You can do this by having a prioritized list of items that need to be accomplished during the day.

Usually you have multiple tasks that you’re working on at any given time, with each one just as important as the other. Whenever you complete a task, cross it off your list, and then ask yourself “What is the best use of my time, right now?” Based on the answer, move on to the next task.

This way time management procrastination stops being an issue at all. You are able to set goals, decide upon priorities and then execute them masterfully. It’s the core of our Time Management Tao philosophy which is based upon learning how to:

You can learn more about this on the various sections of this site, and from the Ming Vase Time Management guides. For other time management procrastination beating tips, you can also sign up to our free “Time Taozine” ezine by filling up the form below.

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