1. Set your wake-up time a half an hour earlier tomorrow.
Use the extra time to think about the best way to spend your day.
2. Memorize and repeat this motto: “Action today, not tomorrow.”
Handle each piece of incoming mail only once. Answer your email either early in the morning or at the end of the day. Block out specific times to make phone calls, take phone calls and to meet people in person.
3. When people tell you their problems, give solution-oriented feedback.
Rather than taking on the problem as your own assignment, first, ask what’s the next step they plan to take, or what they would like to see happen.
4. Finish what you start.
Concentrate all your energy and intensity without distraction on successfully completing your current major project.
5. Be constructively helpful instead of unhelpfully critical.
Single out someone or something to praise instead of participating in group griping, grudge collecting or pity parties.
6. Make a list of five necessary but unpleasant projects you’ve been putting off, with a completion date for each project.
Immediate action on unpleasant projects reduces stress and tension. It is very difficult to be active and depressed at the same time.
7. Seek out and converse with a successful role model.
Learning from others’ successes and setbacks will inevitably improve production of any kind. Truly listen; really find out how your role models do it right.
8. Understand that fear, as an acronym, is False Evidence Appearing Real, and that luck could mean Laboring Under Correct Knowledge.
The more information you have on any subject, the less likely you’ll be to put off your decisions.
9. Accept problems as inevitable offshoots of change and progress.
With the rapid pace of change in society and business, you’ll be overwhelmed unless you and learn to look for its positive aspects—such as new opportunities and improvements—rather than bemoan the negative.
There is no such thing as a “future” decision; there are only present decisions that affect the future. Procrastinators wait for just the right moment to decide.
And if you wait for the perfect moment, you’ll find yourself running in place, unwittingly digging yourself deeper into your rut. Get out of your comfort zone and go from procrastinator to proactive and productive.