TABLE OF CONTENTS
III. Procrastination at Home
IV Procrastination in School
V. Procrastination at the Work Place
VI. Procrastination and Human Relationships
VII. SELF IMPROVEMENT – A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL
VIII. Bonus tips
On the back of the jacket of Jack Canfield’s book, The Success Principles, this quotation
caught our attention: “The principles always work if you work the principles”.
Perhaps this is too simplistic a statement or merely echoes another familiar marketing
“come-on”, but it does translate into a variation of the work ethic. To us, this means doing
instead of just thinking.
And doing is synonymous to action, execution, implementation, carrying out – all these
convey the active mode as opposed to the passive mode of just thinking.
The human brain knows no limits when it comes to thinking out ways and strategies in
dealing with all kinds of problems, but if these strategies and plans are NOT acted upon,
they really hold no meaning – they’re like empty blueprints camouflaged in sparkling
rhetoric. And rhetoric comes cheap these days.
We’ve made up our minds to be less ambitious about this work, and called the 101
recommendations and suggestions contained in this book as simply TIPS. Tips on how NOT
Procrastination pervades every aspect of our lives. And we’ve mastered it to perfection
having learned a subtle form of it when we were babies.
We delayed falling asleep because our mothers wouldn’t cradle us in her arms. We’ve
procrastinated in performing our duties at home, in school, in the work place, and in our
most fragile human relationships. We shudder to think what the final tally of lost hours will
be because we procrastinated habitually.
Some of the tips we share here may be useful and some may be irrelevant. Others will
come in handy not necessarily today, but at a later stage of our lives.
Procrastination is an expensive habit. We discovered that one of the ways that will not
make us procrastinate is to figure out the dollar amount of something that was not done
because of procrastination.
It all points to the generally accepted idea that time is money. This alone can serve as a
strong motivator not to procrastinate again. Or at least to try not procrastinate!
Jack Canfield quoted Brian Tracy to drive home the message: “Life is like a combination
lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you
We’d be lying if we told you that if you followed our 101 tips on how not to procrastinate,
you can have anything you want. It doesn’t work that way.
These tips are ideas that have come from our heads and from other people’s heads. And
it’s up to you to apply them in every segment of your daily routine. Avoiding
procrastination is more effective when we start with little steps. It does not mean having to
change our lives drastically.
But as one writer said, not procrastinating will make us appreciate the life we have now.
And as we build on the small steps, we’d be amazed at how much we can accomplish over
In deciding not to procrastinate, you may want to accompany this determination with clear
cut and well defined goals.
In other words, have a goal that is quantified, and not just qualified.
For example, saying “I will lose weight” is NOT as powerful as “I will lose 35 pounds in 1-
1/2 years.” These are concrete data you can work with. “I will lose weight” sounds noble
enough, but let’s count the ways, shall we?