When I have a deadline looming, I play the temporal equivalent of limbo -- how close can I go? And while the job gets done on time (usually), my cortisol-battered brain can't help but wonder if there's a timely way to accomplish things without bending itself over backwards.
If you can relate, read on for tips from super-productive people like CEOs, inventors, and other people who have their lives in order. If you're procrastinating RIGHT NOW, close this browser window and get to work, slacker! (Sorry. Just trying to help you out.)
Pick three things to tackle each day
When you first wake up and go through your morning routine, jot down three things you want to accomplish. "Even when I am at my busiest, I never really have more than three important tasks," says digital marketing firm CEO Skyler Irvine.
Take baby steps
Make each step as tiny as possible. My first goal for writing this piece was to open Google Docs, for example. Once you've done that tiny thing, ask yourself what other tiny thing you can do. My next tiny thing was to write the headline. "Keep on asking yourself that question and do it," says life coach and blogger Alyce Pilgrim. "You'll find momentum will build up and procrastination will soon be out the door."