by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Vol . 1, Issue 8
27 Aug 2005
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  Hi! From Tania

Hi Reader,

I hope you have a great weekend lined up!

This month, I'll be sharing some great strategies with you for overcoming procrastination.

I've also included a new section in this issue featuring readers' stories and feedback.

Thanks Max and Sonia for helping me kick off this section with your feedback to last month's e-zine and to Ian for inspiring us all to get into action and de-clutter. See the 'before' and 'after' shots of his office that he emailed me as proof!

Warm wishes


Tania Basheer - Publisher
Living the dream e-zine

  Feature: 10 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Do you procrastinate? Just sometimes?

How about always? Some people do. That's when procrastination is a habit. 

Just the other day I saw a photo of my office desk (when I worked as an accountant) which looked wonderful. It was covered in flowers I had received for my 30th birthday and on my desk, there were two trays. One was marked 'in tray' and the other 'guilt tray'. Do you have one of these? 

I think most of us have suffered the ill effects of procrastination at some point in time.

If so, here are some quick tips that can help you:

  • Know you deserve a procrastination-free life: When you believe this in your soul, you'll learn to say 'no' and to focus on doing what is important for your own well-being.
  • Plan for the next day at the end of each day: Remember to always include something that you enjoy on your 'to do' list.
  • Prioritise your 'to do' list so that you do the most important things first: Give high priority to things that are meaningful to you and delegate whatever else possible.
  • Tackle the most difficult things on your list first or when your energy is high: If you put off difficult things, they have a tendency to grow.
  • Maintain boundaries around your day: Take regular breaks and end your work at a reasonable time. This will help create energy reserves and space in your life. Use this time and energy to eliminate things you are procrastinating about.
  • Reward yourself: Build in a reward for when you complete a task you see as challenging. It can be a great motivator!
  • Find an 'accountability partner' - a coach, supportive partner or friend: Being accountable to another person for what you are saying you will do who - someone who really cares about your success and won't be critical if you fail - is a giant step towards eliminating procrastination.
  • Handle paperwork only once, whenever possible: Deal with it now so it won't hit the procrastination list.   
  • Get enough rest: You may be procrastinating because you're simply too exhausted to do another thing.
  • Play: Procrastination can be our inner child saying 'I don't want to do it because I haven't been taken care of'. Make time to play. It will renew your energy and refresh your perspective.  

For more free tips on clearing clutter, staying focused and reaching your goals, or to find out more about one-to-one business, executive or life coaching and arrange a no-obligation session with Tania, visit the Blue Sky Coaching website at Tania can be contacted Monday to Friday between 8 am and 8 pm (Adelaide CST), on (08) 8338 3134 or 0411 471 941 or by e-mail on

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If you have been procrastinating about achieving your goals this year, now is the time to join a coaching group, before this year rushes by.

Join me for four fun and inspiring group telecoaching sessions, starting on 14 September. You'll enjoy the process of achieving your business and/or personal goals, while applying creative topics to inspire you.

Dial in from work or from home. Here's some feedback from a recent participant who joined us for three calls earlier this year:

'The get-togethers over the phone were fantastic and, best of all, I achieved a positive outcome in how it helped me. Particularly if you work for yourself and need a rev-up, I can highly recommend Tania. I feel great and ready to rock-and-roll. Many thanks.'

- Melva Pinnock, SmartBiz Consulting Services 

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As a coach, I am always excited when I find a new way to help my clients reach their goals and dreams and let go of anything that may be getting in the way or holding them back.

One fascinating way that I have found to do this is with Emotional Freedom Technique or E.F.T.

In just 3 hours you will learn this powerful method that you can use anytime, anywhere, to help you: quickly release stress; overcome your fears - like public speaking, spiders, flying; deal with self-sabotaging and limiting beliefs and behaviours like 'I could never do that', 'It's not possible'; overcome procrastination; deal with your addictions - food, smoking, gambling; and relieve debilitating physical pain, such as backache and migraine headaches.

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I am also available for 45-minute, one-on-one EFT sessions, either in person or by telephone by appointment between 8 am and 8 pm, (Adelaide CST), Mondays to Fridays.

You can also arrange a 3-hour in-house workshop for your team or as a break-out session for your next conference.

Please call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 to discuss your requirements.

  Next Month: My 10 Work/Life Success Strategies

To me, being successful ultimately means being happy.

Although we can't always control what happens around us, we can choose our attitude at any moment. I believe our daily choices - big and small - impact on our quality of life and success.

Next month I'll share my favourite strategies for work/life success. 

  Readers' Stories and Feedback

From Max ...

'You are so right about goals. I set myself a goal that within 3 years I would build up a business strong enough to allow me to buy my own office premises. I visualised the premises, saw them occupied by a colleague and a month ago they were for sale. This Friday I will be settling as the new owner and running my business model out of there.

The power of visualising what I wanted has always been with me, in fact it is now becoming scary at times. If you desire something hard enough you will subconsciously work to achieve it even when you think you are not!'

From Sonia ...

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Are you ready? He thought it would take a day to do, but it was all done in just under four hours. 


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