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Do you find yourself "putting off until tomorrow what you can do today?" If so, you may be one of the many people who suffer from the common problem of procrastination.

Excuses for not acting, such as "I don't have the time" or "It's too late today", only serve to compound the problem and to increase your anxiety about getting the work done in the first place. Increased stress can lead not only to physical problems such as headache or stomach pains, but to emotional problems as well. Problems such as fatigue, irritability or changes in sleep patterns are not uncommon for procrastinators.

So what can you do? Here are some suggestions.


1. Make a lost of the things you have to get done. List them all and then put them in order of priority--the most important things first.

2. Fear of not doing a perfect job often keeps people from starting. You should remember that the person looking back at you in the mirror is human--you make mistakes--get started.

3. Don't talk about the work you have to do--just do it. Sit down and get started!

4. Concentrate on the job at hand. Put yourself in a place free from distractions and get to work.

5. Work in steps--when you finish a step--congratulate yourself-eat a cookie or give yourself some other treat.

6. Set deadlines that are doable. Make sure you are allowing yourself sufficient time to get the job done.

7. Finally,in the worst case scenario-- if you can pay someone to do the job, it may be worth the reduction in stress to do it.