“Procrastinators unite … tomorrow!” – Internetsaying

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You're probably looking at your to-do list and getting a littlebit anxious. There's a lot to do today and, it mightseem, not enough hours in the day to do it. Breathe and take a stepback. Prioritizing will help you figure out what's most importantto do right now … or was tackling the most difficult task first theright way to do it?

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A recent infographic from NeoMam Studios, a U.K.-based companythat specializes in creating infographics that merge data fromvarious sources, reveals that as many as one in five adults may bechronic procrastinators. The infographic gathered information fromsources such as APA.org, Princeton.edu, Psychologicalscience.organd other publications.

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And, get this: Contrary to popular belief, procrastinationdoesn't necessarily equal laziness. Inaction is often caused byanxiety, fear of failure or negative perfectionism, according tothe infographic.

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But how you can stop the stress of not getting things done?Having faith in yourself, living in the present and settingrealistic goals you can successfully achieve are some of the stepsto stop procrastination in its tracks. And though NeoMam focusedtheir inforgraphic on helping students break the viciousprocrastination cycle, if it works for pre-teens that are full ofenergy or for neuro-surgeons in training, these solutions canwork for you, too. We have condensed the list to eight steps.

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See also: 5 mistakes agency start-ups make

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Step 1: Know yourself

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Step 2: Commit to tasks

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Step 3: Be realistic

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Step 4: Self-talk positively

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Step 5: Swiss-cheese tasks

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Step 6: Don't indulge fantasies

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Step 7: Plan for obstacles

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Step 8: Help yourself, reward your progress and learn toforgive yourself

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It's easy to try to blame others for your lack of concentration,so don't. If you indulge in one of your time-wasting activities,deal with the consequences alone. People who expect helpprocrastinate more, according to the research. Also, creating areward system to celebrate successful tasks will help you keepbeing motivated.

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Most important of all, if you slip up, learn to forgiveyourself. And remember: binge-watchingGame ofThrones is not a “slip up,” so keep yourself in check anddon't give up. Good luck!

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To see the original infographic, go here.

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