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Tip of the Day: Ways to stop procrastination

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If you are stuck in a cycle of procrastination, don't despair – a few simple steps can help you break out of the malaise, says Harvard Business Review .

Procrastination may feel like the human condition, but it doesn't have to. To get out of your own way and increase your productivity, try these three tactics:

1. Set deadlines.

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Create a schedule with clear due dates for each task. Remind yourself by using visual cues: Set reminders in your calendar, add items to your to-do list, or put a sticky note on your computer screen.

2. Ask for help.

Ask a trusted colleague to review your work. Knowing that she's expecting it can spur you to get started.

3. Change your mind-set.

Stop thinking of yourself as a procrastinator. See yourself – and talk about yourself with others – as someone who gets things done.

Today's management tip was adapted from "The Guide to Getting the Right Work Done."

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