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The Surprising Downsides Of Being An Overachiever

Being the office overachiever might feel good, what with all the pats on the back and thumbs ups from your boss. But there’s a fine line between doing your best work and being a chronic overachiever, which can set you up for failure. Here’s why you might want to rethink that “I can do it all” attitude.

Avoid Perfectionist Procrastination With These Two Red Flag Phrases

Perfectionism can certainly lead to procrastination and wasted work hours. These phrases can help you spot it and avoid the traps that usually come along with it.

Form A Virtual Pomodoro Group To Stop Slacking Off When Working Alone

When you’re working alone, there is no team or boss to hold you accountable, and tasks go unattended. Try forming a virtual group based on the Pomodoro technique, which works together and motivates each other.

'Sometimes Procrastination Is Really Information.'

We’re trained to think procrastination is a bad thing, but sometimes, it can actually be useful. Sometimes, looking at it deeply can reveal a problem, says Jan Yager, author of Put More Time On Your Side.

You Don't Have A Creative Block, You're Just Procrastinating

When you get writer’s block (or any other creative block) it can be tough to get past it. There are strategies you can use to get the juices flowing. They all have one thing in common: they involve actually doing the work. Why is that? According to author Jodi Picoult, it’s because writer’s block is just another name for procrastination.

Save Tedious Work For Your Daily Slumps (Whenever That May Be)

When you’ve got a pile of tedious work to complete, it might seem like a good idea to take it on when you’re feeling energised. You’re better off, however, doing the dull work when you’ve hit your slump and not everyone hits their slump at the same time.

Your Biggest Obstacle To Doing What You Want Is You

There are a lot of things that can hold you back in life: money, opportunity, other people. It’s disingenuous to say that it’s equally easy for everyone to do what they want. However, in nearly everyone’s case, the biggest obstacle to achieving your goals is yourself.

Stop Procrastinating By Reminding Yourself Why What You're Doing Is Important

When you’re putting something off, sometimes you just need to work for only a few minutes to get started. Other times, you need to remind yourself why what you’re doing matters.

Force Yourself To Do Things By Learning How Anxiety About Tasks Works

Everyone struggles with procrastination now and then, sometimes because the stress about starting a task keeps us from acting. David Cain points out at Raptitude, however, that the moment you start acting is the beginning of the end of that anxiety.

Stop Putting Off Chores By Timing Yourself Doing Them

If you find yourself staring at a sink full of dirty dishes, thinking it would take forever to do them, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Time yourself doing your chores and you’ll realise you get things done a lot faster than you thought.

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