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How to beat procrastination

It doesn't matter if you're a 12-year-old being told to clean your room - or a corporate executive that needs to write up a business proposal, we're all affected by it...procrastination. Here's a solution to this problem; turn your procrastination into action! I know what you're thinking, you've tried it all, right? Wrong! One technique that you may not have heard of is called the "STING" method. This is a fairly new method of addressing procrastination, and it's an acronym that stands for:

S - Select one task.
T - Time yourself.
I - Ignore everything else.
N - No breaks.
G - Give yourself a reward.

Select one task you've been putting off. Break it down to just one small piece if it's complicated. For instance, if the task is cleaning the kitchen, reorganizing a drawer is just one piece of the larger task. Time yourself. Use a kitchen timer so you don't have to watch the clock and give the task one full hour. Children might need to reduce that time to just 10 or 15 minutes. Ignore everything else that needs to be done. No breaks allowed!

Give yourself a small reward when the task is completed (a few minutes on Twitter, Facebook, a piece of chocolate...whatever you need).

Everyone's attention span is different, but it may be wise to I set a timer for three 30-minute increments with 5-minute breaks (depending on how much you have to do), exit out of your email and Internet explorer and go into your own personal space. The beauty of it is ... it works! I hope it works for you!

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  1. Meliss (via Facebook) said...:

    haha! thats a good one..ill try the sting method when im studying =)

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