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How to Conquer Procrastination

One of the biggest obstacles that gets in the way of achieving goals is procrastination.  This is also why so many resolutions fall by the wayside each year by the end of January.  Procrastination seems to really get in the way, especially if there’s something we don’t want to do.

You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

We tend to procrastinate in our areas of weakness. For some, one area might be cold calling as it relates to job search.  You might find it difficult to do and you can’t find the time to complete it.  But it’s important to find time to make those calls since it’s one of those key ways into the hidden job market where all of the unadvertised, yet available, jobs are sitting and waiting for someone talented and motivated to fill.

If you need help breaking out of the procrastination cycle, here are 8 ideas on how you can conquer the beast:

(These suggestions come from my experience and an article by Chet Baker)

#1 – Set clear objectives and goals.
It’s easy to get so caught up in the detail that you forget where you are going. By making sure your objectives and goals are clear, you are more likely to achieve them.

#2 – Break large tasks down into smaller tasks.
Sometimes the task is too big. If you look at it as just the ultimate goal, you are more likely to shy away from it and not be able to tackle it because it will seem too overwhelming. Breaking it down into miniature goals will help give you momentum.

#3 – Be aware of your fears.
Sometimes people are afraid to fail, and sometimes people are afraid to succeed. It really is the same fear: the fear of what might happen. This can cause you to procrastinate if left unchecked. Don’t let the fear of failing stop you. There’s nothing wrong with failing, because a great deal can be learned from failures along the way to accomplishing your job search goal.

#4 – Get a fresh start.
Chet Baker, owner of Denver Resume Builder, suggests that some things like cold calls may not be that much fun, so it’s really easy to procrastinate on those things.  Don’t allow that to happen. Do those tasks at your best time of the day.

#5 – Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Indecision comes when you’re afraid you’ll make a mistake. You can’t reach your job search goals without making a mistake. Just remember that mistakes are a part of the process. No one is perfect when they begin something new or different.

#6 – Grow your confidence.
Your confidence tends to grow with activity. As you accomplish those miniature goals, your confidence will grow.

#7 – Choose wisely.
Lack of time seems to be an easy excuse, but it really is just another form of procrastination. We all have 24 hours in a day and we get to choose how we use them.

#8 – Stay focused.
Don’t allow distractions to deter you. Stay focused until the end of the project or until you’ve accomplished your goal.

Keep these tips in mind as you create your S.M.A.R.T. goals, those goals that will lead you to either finding or creating more fulfilling work.

For more information to help you in your job search, be sure to Get the Book that will help you be even more successful at your search.

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