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Procrastination Excuses

By Marty Nemko

Do you use any of these bogus excuses to justify procrastinating?

I'll feel more like doing it tomorrow. Think back to previous times you've used that excuse. Did you feel more like doing it the next day?

After I do X (for example, clean my desk), I'll do the task. Again, think back. Did delaying the task make things easier?

I'm afraid of failing. Not trying ensures failure. Winners increase their chances of success by dividing tasks into bite-sized pieces and getting help where needed.

What can you do today?
When tempted to procrastinate, first congratulate yourself on catching yourself making an excuse. Then do your next few-second task. Expect it to feel uncomfortable. Do it anyway. It will get better.

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