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Procrastination Kills

Most people think that procrastination is based in laziness, but really it’s just a misplacement of your priorities. Would you rather catch up on Game of Thrones, or work on spreadsheet? These tips from Shannon Mouton Gray, Director of Marketing and Digital Media at McKinney & Associates, will keep you focused on accomplishing your goals.

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Procrastination Kills

  1. 1. Procrastination Kills Helpful hints for public relations and marketing professionals By Shannon Mouton Gray
  2. 2. You may be a procrastinator if you…
  3. 3. Focus on low priority tasks You finish the simpler, low priority items on your to-do list first. You believe if you check them off you will be able to focus on bigger picture items.
  4. 4. Ignore your to-do list Important tasks on your to-do list remains untouched for weeks. You set up project reminders and frequently change the date.
  5. 5. Work on something “more important” You make time to do a high priority task and something “more important” comes up – make a phone call, check email, etc.
  6. 6. Always assist others Rather than tackling your priorities, you agree to do things when others ask you to do.
  7. 7. Constantly check email, social media, text messages You compulsively check your phone, Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail for something that will require your immediate attention.
  9. 9. Know yourself Identify the tasks you put off most often and then do them every day. They will become habits and you will be able to work them into your routine, rather than avoid them.
  10. 10. Get it done early Address your most dreaded task first thing in the morning. Do it and enjoy the fact you have completed the task for the rest of the day.
  11. 11. Use your internal clock Schedule the task during the time in the day when your energy is highest. If you typically hit a mid-afternoon slump, you’re not likely to tackle a much dreaded project then.
  12. 12. Eat an elephant Sometimes you have to break a very large project into smaller pieces. As you complete each piece, you’ll be closer to achieving the goal. Set realistic deadlines.
  13. 13. Go, do, be “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” said Mark Twain. Once you begin, your momentum will help you keep going until the job is done.
  14. 14. CELEBRATE! Always reward yourself for completing a to-do list item. Treat yourself to a nice lunch, go for a walk, and celebrate with others if it was an especially large project.
  15. 15. To learn more about McKinney & Associates, visit www.mckpr.com McKinney & Associates was founded in 1990 with a commitment to social justice that has prevailed for nearly 25 years. From the beginning, McKinney has passionately and skillfully practiced public relations with a conscience for local, national and international organizations. @mckpr facebook.com/mckpr https://plus.google.com/u/0/116297499833607061286/about http://www.pinterest.com/mckpr/ http://www.slideshare.net/Duncanry youtube.com/mckinneypr