Welcome to this issue of "Dr. T's Timely Tips" by Dr. Tony Alessandra. Please send your feedback to DrTony@Assessments24x7.com!

Try Delaying Procrastination

Studies show that about 20 percent of American adults habitually procrastinate and, as a result, suffer personal or professional consequences. When they don't finish projects on time, they often undercut their charisma and send the wrong kind of messages to their colleagues.

So fight procrastinating by:

  • Crying uncle. The biggest fear for many 
         procrastinators is telling the boss they can't do  
         everything. But it's far better for everybody if you do a
         few things well rather than a lot of things poorly.

  • Setting deadlines. Even if a project comes without a
         deadline, give it one. You'll be amazed at how much
         work you can get done when you're up against a
         cutoff. Remember how much you accomplished that
         Thursday when you wanted to take off the next day
         for a long weekend?

  • Derailing digressions. Take note of the wasted  
         effort in stopping then restarting tasks. Learning to
         concentrate on one thing at a time may take a great
         deal of discipline. But if you commit now to finishing
         a job -- or at least an identifiable chunk of it -- before
         putting it down, you'll be on the way to developing a
         habit that will pay off well for you in the future.

  • Rewarding yourself. Best of all, give yourself an
         "Attaboy!" when you finish a project on time. Maybe
         it's just an ice cream cone or a walk around the
         block on a sunny day, but still it's positive
         reinforcement.
  • Here's to more personal insight,


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