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Stop Procrastinating and Become More Organized

Your home is full of paper.† There are stacks here and there.† This was the weekend you were going to get it cleared up.† Yet somehow the weekend past, and there are still papers everywhere!†† Time...

Your home is full of paper.† There are stacks here and there.† This was the weekend you were going to get it cleared up.† Yet somehow the weekend past, and there are still papers everywhere!†† Time to ask how it got this way to start with.†† Are you a procrastinator?† Now is the time to stop procrastinating and start organizing home filing systems.

Could I be a Procrastinator?

Being a procrastinator can stand directly in the way of getting organized.† Some people have no doubt about it, they will loudly and directly label themselves procrastinators.† Others are less willing to take on the title.† So what exactly makes you a procrastinator?

Just because you are keeping busy doesnít mean you are avoiding this pitfall.† If you compile a to-do list for the day do you begin by completing all of the smaller, ďless importantĒ tasks?† If you want to stop procrastinating you have to admit that you are putting of your big, more important or crucial tasks.† With what seems like less and less time in the day to get done what we need to accomplish putting off important tasks until a mythical ďlaterĒ can have a large negative impact on us.†

Why Do I Do It?

There are a number of reasons we put off projects that need to be done.† Knowing why you do it is a big step in the fight to stop procrastinating.† Letís use your home filing system as an example, but these reasons can apply to other projects as well!

∑†††††††† I donít know where to start:† Big projects can be complicated.† Do you have papers stacked all over your home because you havenít set up a home filing system?† Many people find the process of setting up a filing system daunting.† Break up larger tasks into smaller steps, this will make it less intimidating.†

∑†††††††† It is no fun:† Letís face it for most of us working on our home filing system is not a fun activity.† So we put it off.† We do tasks that we enjoy more, or at least projects that we think we can finish faster!† The truth is we need to stop procrastinating less appealing activities because they still need to be completed!† Plan a motivator for yourself.† Sometimes you need a reward to get yourself going.† For example, when you clear the papers off your kitchen table you can go on a pleasant fall walk, eat that piece of chocolate youíve been eyeing up, whatever you find motivating.† Try to choose something that wonít take you away from your task too long, you donít want to lose steam or get hopelessly distracted.†

∑†††††††† Iím afraid of failure:† This freezes many of us, whether we realize it or not.† If we donít try to complete the task we wonít fail.† The truth is your first try at a home filling system MAY NOT be successful.† Perhaps that is how you ended up with papers all over your home to start with.† It is ok, stop procrastinating and get started!† Sometimes finding just the right solution to a problem can take a couple tries or some time spent researching.† There is a lot of help available out there once you take the first step and get started.† If you are really stuck consider calling in a professional organizer for a few hours to get you started.

∑†††††††† I got distracted:† The truth is that this is soooo easy to do.† While the internet is a fantastic tool it also offers us an almost unlimited supply of distractions.† Maybe you were just going to check your email, real quick, and then post a Facebook status, and right after that you will get started with your home filing system!† Two hours later you forgot exactly what it was you had started doing but found a fantastic new blog and bought a pair of great shoes!

When you have a project to complete limit your distractions in the environment.† This might mean powering down (gasp) your phone or computer for a while.† Try this trick once you have a home filing system set up, donít stop moving with the papers in your hand to file.†† Donít put them down in a ďwaitingĒ location!

Bring in the mail and make decisions.† Junk goes straight into recycling and the rest of your mail should be shredded, filed, or put into your active paperwork space.† If you put down a stack of papers you are greatly increasing the chance that this pile will do nothing but grow as you give in to distraction after distraction.

Figure out your personal weakness and put an end to it today!† Procrastination should hold you hostage no longerBusiness Management Articles, time to finish those projects like your home filing system and start feeling better.

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Heidi DeCoux is a professional organizer specializing in organizing paperwork and creator of The Fast-Filing Method home filing systems helping you stop procrastinating †today. To get a FREE Home Organization e-Solutions Kit, which features the audio class: The Fast & Easy Way to Get Organized and Stay Organized Forever, visit†

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