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6 Ways Top CEOs Beat Procrastination

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Humans have a tendency to procrastinate because our minds naturally like to be in a relaxed state. Sometimes it’s hard to get going, or we have trouble focusing and find ourselves putting off an unpleasant or difficult task for as long as possible.

But procrastination causes anxiety and additional stress -- especially if we’re in a rush when we finally get around to doing the task. Your proclivity to procrastinate will do you no favors if you’re scrambling to meet deadlines or handing in subpar work.

Successful people are just like the rest of us -- there are times when they drag their feet and avoid work. But they have learned ways to push past their lack of momentum to get the ball rolling. So take a lesson from how these top executives and CEOs beat procrastination and start immediately working to your full potential.

Keeping a list of the day’s goals is a tried-and-true method many CEOs use to keep themselves on track and fend off procrastination. Many business leaders stick with a low-tech pen-and-paper list. Before they go home for the night, they write out their top “to dos” so it’s ready and waiting for them in the morning.

Alex Cavoulacos, co-founder and COO of The Muse, uses the 1-3-5 rule when putting together her daily list of things to accomplish. It works like this: on any given day, set nine goals for yourself: one big-ticket project to tackle, three medium tasks and five small things. Narrow down your to-do list to just those things. Using this method, you have to prioritize your tasks to the things that matter most. It also forces you to set reasonable expectations for the day. This keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by an endless list, and also helps keep you focused on just those items.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey believes one of the best tips for staying productive and avoiding procrastination is to keep a “won’t-do” list. Every morning he writes a checklist of things he plans to do and things he won’t........

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