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Beat procrastination by lowering the bar!

The advice of UK’s leading procrastination expert Nicole Bachmann is to lower the bar if you are suffering from procrastination. According to Nicole, the problem a lot of people have when procrastinating is not that their goals are to low but too high! In short, the bar is so high that they are doomed to failure – so why even begin?

Suppose you are procrastinating about making cold calls or following up on networking meetings. It is better to have a small amount of consistent activity than no activity at all. By lowering the bar and starting with a very small amount of activity it is easier to get into a routine. Even if you make just one call a day it is more than doing nothing. More importantly it just gets you into a habit.

When you feel comfortable with your level of activity then you can slowly lift the bar. For example, If you started on 5 calls a day then edge it up to six….then seven….then eight. Before you know it you will be making more calls a day than you ever believed possible, just by lowering the bar and raising it slowly.

It’s a little like doing press-ups. If you start out trying to do 50 a day without any previous exercise then you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, do a little more each day and pretty soon you are doing 100 a day without even breaking sweat!

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