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"How To Overcome Procrastination" Part Two

Feb 7th 2011 at 11:46 AM

How to Overcome Procrastination -- Part Two

By John Jude O’Callaghan


Don’t Wait. Do It Now. Tomorrow May Be Too Late…


When you get what seems to be a money-making idea, don’t wait to take action. Start now, where you are and with what you’ve got.


You will learn more by doing than by reading a dozen how-to books.


When you think big but start small, any mistake you might make is unlikely to cost you an arm or a leg.


Here’s some great advice given to me by a self-made millionaire:



Don’t be an ‘iffer’John.  Be a ‘doer’. The world is full of people who are too afraid to take action when an opportunity presents itself. What usually happens is that when they are old and broke and dependent on welfare, they look back with tears in their eyes and sadly say, ‘If only…?’ when it’s way too late.”  Max Bygraves.




Here are some practical words of wisdom from Jason Fladlien, author of “Time Management Secrets of a Madman.”



“It’s easier to make a decision right than make a right decision. In other words, you often don’t know when making the decision if it’s the correct one – so better just to make ANY decision and see what happens – and then, of course, correct if need be – than to think it over.


“Use what I call the ’60-Second Rule.’ Unless the decision on hand will drastically affect my business and/or life for the NEXT 12 months, I MUST make a decision in 60 seconds or less.”


“Clients pay me $250 an hour for personal coaching and time management – and all of them are very happy with the results I produce. Which is funny because I simply make them make a decision in less than 60 seconds – and often have them FLIP A COIN to decide what to do.


“This often produces the ah-ha moment they need to change their whole decision making process – and triple their productivity overnight. ###




 “How to Have a Nine-Day Week”


Advice from Mary Kay


Being a full-time wife, mother and career woman is no easy task.


Years ago I heard somebody say that if you get up two-and-a-half hours early three days a week, you add an extra day to your week.


At that time I had three young children and I wasn’t able to accomplish what I needed to do in a seven-day week.


So I decided to get up early six-times-a-week and have a nine-day week.


I discovered that working at five in the morning gave me the added bonus of not being bothered by telephone calls and other interruptions. This early morning time has become the most productive part of my day, and I’ve been getting up at five ever since. ###

In Summary:


·       You can’t make more time. You can only make better use of whatever time you have.

·       You need to determine what’s important in your life and what’s not.

·       You need to develop a step-by-step strategy that’s designed to take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

·       You need to sort all the tasks you have to do into two groups. Those that are relatively unimportant and those that are critically important. And just do the really important stuff.

·       As a Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. In fact, it’s all small stuff.”                                           

·       You need to apply the “60-Second Judgment Test” to your decision making. If it is not going to help you reach your goal faster, or materially affect your finances or well-being, the likelihood is that it is relatively unimportant and can safely be ignored or delegated.

·       You need to do only three critically important things each day.

·       You need to reward yourself in some meaningful way after successfully completing each day’s tasks.

·       You need to apply the Benjamin Franklin Decision Making Method to help you see what’s important and what’s not.


Copying and adopting these success strategies will…


·       Relieve you of a lot of stress.


·       Give you the satisfaction of knowing that you had, virtually overnight, changed from an unsure and indecisive person into a dynamic achiever.


·       Boost your self-image and self-confidence.


·       Help you realize that to get what you want, all you have to do is reach out for it, while confidently expecting to get it.


But wait. I’m not done with benefits yet…


The Pareto Principal

·       Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto discovered that 80% of all the wealth in Italy was owned by 20% of the people.


·       He also discovered that the 80/20 formula could be applied to other countries, and that in addition to it being applicable wealth, it could also be applied to business.


·       That 80% of the effects come from 20% of the cause.

·       That 80% of sales and profits are likely to come from only 20% of the customers.

·       That 80% of your success will come from only devoting 20% of your time to one particular job.


Here’s How to Make Parkinson’s Law and

The Pareto Principle Work for You…


·       Make a list of all the things you need to do today.

·       When you realize that 80% of benefits or rewards are likely to come from doing only 20% of the tasks, you will see the need to prioritize.  

·       You will ignore 80% of the jobs that are relatively unproductive, and, each day, you will choose to do only the three most critically important tasks. Really!

·       Let’s suppose you work a six-hour day and according  to your best estimate, task #1 is likely to take about three hours; task #2 is likely to take about two hours; and task #3 about one hour.


Simply by imposing specific deadlines on yourself and not allowing distractions to interrupt you, the likelihood is that you will discover short cuts or smart ways to get each job done on time and on schedule exactly as you planned.


You will have:


·       Imposed order where there was no order.

·       Removed much stress and reduced anxiety.

·       Become admired and a big inspiration to all.

·       Gone from time waster to dynamic achiever.

·       Boosted yourself image and self-confidence.

·       Developed the positive attitude and mindset that will enable you to act as if failure is impossible and success is inevitable.


However, the big question is:


Now that you know exactly how to overcome stress, reduce anxiety, get more done in less time and become a dynamic achiever and change your whole life for the better, will you?


Remember that all of tomorrow’s beautiful flowers are in the positive seeds you will plant today.

The seeds of success are taking purposeful action and doing whatever is necessary to bring about success and happiness.


A Few Words of Warning…


Knowing what to do and not doing it

is infinitely worse than not knowing!


If you choose to go on thinking what you have always thought, and persist doing the unproductive and time-wasting things you have always done, the likelihood is that you will not see any of tomorrow’s beautiful flowers, and that in 10 or maybe 20 years from now, you will still be stuck in the same old rut!


It’s already too late for some. But maybe it’s not too late for you? Who knows what you can or can’t do until you try?


·       Begin now by visualizing what you want, not what you don’t want.


·       In your mind’s eye see yourself as the successful goal achiever you always dreamed you could be.


·       Start acting now as if you already are that person!


·       As the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It!”



Start Believing in Yourself Because

If You Don’t Believe In You, Who Will?



“With a lot of hard work and tenacity, you can do almost anything.” Jennifer Grey. “Dirty Dancing” Movie Star and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist.



“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their lives is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we not afloat and we must take the current where it serves, or lose our ventures.”

William Shakespeare.



“If you should hear a small voice inside your head telling you that you can’t paint, paint anyway and the voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gough.



© Copyright 2011. John Jude O’Callaghan. Extracted from:

“Do You Sincerely Want to Become Rich?”

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