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Make a “procrastination” plan

When we procrastinate, we put off important tasks until a later time. We’ll often choose to do less essential activities (usually more enjoyable) instead of the more important ones.

You might procrastinate because you’re not enjoying the task at hand, or you might be convinced you can’t do it. Whatever the reason, there are things you can do to tackle procrastination and push ahead.

Give yourself a deadline

When faced with an upcoming deadline, it’s amazing how productive we can get. For example, an application for a job you want may close at the end of the week. Rather than waiting until the last minute to apply, give yourself until the end of the day to have your application submitted.

Break down big tasks

A major reason we procrastinate is because we become overwhelmed by the huge size of a task. The way to tackle this is to break down your large tasks into smaller and more manageable ones.

So if your big task is to get a job, your smaller tasks might look like this:
Create a list of industries and jobs you’re interested in    
Find a job to apply for    
Find keywords from the job ad    
Write a career objective on your resume    
Write the work history section of your resume    
Write the education section of your resume    
Contact your references     
Write a cover letter    
Apply for one job  

If you do these smaller tasks one at a time, the overall task becomes less overwhelming.

Cut down your ‘to do’ list

Instead of staring at a long list of things all the time, choose 3 to 5 of the most important or urgent tasks on the big list and put them into a daily list. 

The daily list is more likely to be achieved, not only because it’s smaller, but because it’s got an end-of-day deadline. You’ll also feel like you’re making a lot of progress every time you complete a task.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on the way to beating procrastination and closer to finding that job you’re after!

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A major reason we procrastinate is because we become overwhelmed by the huge size of a task. The way to tackle this is to break down your large tasks into smaller and more manageable ones.


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