Submitted by: Janet M. Taylor, President, Totally Organized, LLC

You take on a new project and think of all the tasks needed to bring it to completion, then procrastination sets in and you come to a complete stop.  You know you need to get started but don’t know where to begin.

Over the years I have learned how to overcome procrastination and it has not always been easy. In fact, I still remember the day when I received the package regarding certification and I left it on my desk because it was too much for me to handle. I did, however, go back to it a few days later to complete the application to receive my certification.

Here are tips that I use to conquer procrastination that will help you get things done:

Break down projects into manageable task.
List your goals, project deadline and each step needed to complete your project.

Take five minutes to accomplish something.
Create a folder for all incoming project related emails, start a file for hardcopy documents, write a to-do list.

You don’t have to start at the beginning.
Once you listed all the steps needed to complete your project start with the steps that will give you the motivation to stick with the project until it is done. For me it was filling out the application.

Set small deadlines for yourself.
Always allow for the unexpected when setting deadlines. I was once working on an office project and it seemed no matter what my written plan was I had to take into account outside factors like shipping delays or technical failures. Having set deadlines allowed me to stay on track despite delays.

Try to do things as they occur to you.
The more information you process and emails you respond to when you receive them the more you will complete.

Consider the setup of your office.
Does the setup of your office distract you or motivate you to work? If you feel overwhelmed every time you enter your office, consider rearranging your furniture to improve your productivity.

Clean your work area.
Conquer the piles in and around your desk and office to create a stress free environment.

Implement at least one of the tips the next time you need to conquer your procrastination, and please let me know if you were successful in getting your project done by the deadline.

Janet M. Taylor is the President of Totally Organized, LLC, a SBA 8a certified firm that provides office organizing, contract administration and project management to their clients. Janet is the author of 101 Secrets To Living An Organized Life. Visit her website at www.totallyorganized.biz.