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Leave it til later

by Randall Craig on April 28, 2009

Filed in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Motivational

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Most people have no problem doing tomorrow what could have been done today. In fact, many spend their entire careers getting good at procrastinating. We know this isn’t healthy, so we do what we can to improve – we invent motivating slogans: Get it done! Just do it! Start your engines! Even the name of this tipsheet speaks to this issue: Make it Happen.

But is there something more substantive that you can do to reduce procrastination, and translate your ideas to action?

  1. List priority activities: This includes both critical and strategic priorities. Sometimes procrastination is merely an issue of not seeing your priorities in front of you. Selective “amnesia” is not a career-building skill.

  2. Schedule priorities in specific time slots:
    If they’re not on your calendar, they will rarely be done “tomorrow”. If they’re scheduled, at least there is a chance that they’ll be done.

  3. Remove the roadblocks: Often, we procrastinate because we have non-priorities that get in the way: checking email or websites and following old routines are common examples. Once you’ve identified your roadblocks, either stop doing them, delegate them, or schedule them in a “batch” so that they take a limited amount of time.

  4. Hold yourself accountable: Commit yourself to your goals, and then use others around you for support – and to hold you accountable. There are many ways to do this: tell your manager, hire a coach, set up a Mastermind group, or set-up an Advisory Board.

This week’s action item: Often, we have two or three tasks that have been left til later for far too long. We don’t do ourselves any favors by leaving them ‘unstarted’, and this backlog often adds unneeded stress. Put them on your list for this week – and then use these suggestions to Make It Happen each week going forward.

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Randall Craig

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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