Questão 13

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Beating Procrastination – Manage  Your Time. Get It All Done. 
If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers and thwarts even their best efforts. The key to controlling and ultimately combating this destructive habit is to understand how and why it happens (even to the best of us), and to take a few simple steps to better manage your time and outcomes. 
Overcoming procrastination 
In a nutshell, you procrastinate when you put off things that you should be focusing on right now, usually in favor of doing something that is more enjoyable or that you’re more comfortable doing. 
Sometimes this happens when someone does not understand the difference between urgency and importance. The prevailing belief here: We all have the same amount of time in every day and procrastinators spend this time fully, but do not invest it wisely. Instead, procrastinators focus so much on urgent issues that they have little or no time left for the important tasks, despite the unpleasant outcomes this may bring about. 
Other causes of procrastination can be as waiting the “right” mood of the “right” time to tackle the important task at hand; a fear of failure or success; underdeveloped decision-making skills;  poor organizational skills; or perfectioninsm. 
How to combat procrastination 
Whatever the reason behind procrastination, it must be recognized, dealt with and controlled before you miss opportunities or your carrer is derailed. Part of the solution is to develop good organizational and personal effectiveness habits. This helps you establish the right priorities, and manage your time in such a way that you make the most of the opportunities open to you. 
The other part of the solution can be as simple as applying this rule of thumb: If you’re not working (directly or indirectly) to progress your top priority projects, you’re probably procrastinating. And, when you’re doing something important, such as working on your top-priority project or task, ans something urgent comes up, recognize that this will take time away from this important work. 
To do this, it is imperative to understand the difference between urgency and importance. While immediate action is needed for urgent tasks, they generally only tangentially affect the truly important things in your life. Important things, on the other hand, are likely to be the actions that serve to broaden you, build your career, or achieve something of real human significance to you. These important actions are often easy to pinpoint, for they are the ones that help you achieve your goals. 
With proper planning and some self-discipline, many urgent matters disappear altogether or, when they do surface, your planning and discipline makes them less urgent and easier to deal with. This means that you waste less of the valuable time that should be spent on the important things. And, keep in mind that you probably do not have to handle every urgent matter yourself. Delegate as far as possible, so that you do not get caught up in remedying every urgent situation. To spend life “firefighting” is a misuse of your “important” time. 
MIND TOOLS. Essential skills for an excellent career. Adapted from: <>. 
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