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The Time Is Now

Stop procrastinating and get back to work.

This story appears in the May 2000 issue of

Sometimes it's easier to put things off than to handle themright away. Easier, but not smarter. Here are several ways to helpyou jump-start your next project and avoid a last-minute timecrunch:

  • First, use a to-do list-whether on paper, in an electronicorganizer or on your PC-to record everything you need to do.
  • Give each task on your list a priority, either by listing themore important tasks at the top or by using a numeric system (No. 1for high-priority tasks, No. 2 for less important tasks, and soon).
  • Refer to your list often while you're working, and ifyou're still having trouble getting started, work on a quickNo. 3 or easy task. After completing a simple task, you'll beready to tackle bigger ones.
  • Reward yourself for completing various aspects of a project. Areward may be as simple as taking a walk around the block orreading part of your favorite magazine.
  • Don't beat yourself up. Realize that you're not theonly person who has trouble getting started on variousprojects.

If you're still having trouble getting started, use one ofthese methods to make your tasks a bit more manageable and fun:

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