Operation: Now!

Conquer procrastination in the new year

you feel like it” rule. At the end of a writing session, if you feel like it, keep working on the novel. But if you don’t feel like it, even if it was not one of your most productive sessions, stop–and don’t feel bad about doing so. After all, there’s always next Saturday.

  • Use distractions as rewards. Tempted to log on and goof off in your favorite chat room, rather than complete the financial projections on your new business plan? Make a deal with yourself: Two hours of number crunching buys you an hour in the 30-Something chat room at BlackPlanet.com. Put fun on the back end of work, and you’ll be surprised how goal-oriented you will become.
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