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Time Robbers-Time Requesters-Time Suckers are just that~we need to ignore, say “no” politely and firmly-and have personal “policies” (ie: bondaries) that we adhere to.

Here are some tips to deal with common time robbers:\

Request: “Let’s work out at the gym together” (and u know that I’m a big fan of working out:)): The sooner you decline the better- if you are on “deadline” (hate that word~ timeline) or working diligently on a large and so far manageable “to do” list.  Possible reply: “I’m working out when I take a break today and I don’t know what time that will be yet.” Or “I only work out at home”.Thanks for the call, how are you doing?”..and  exit the conversation soon.

A lunch invite: “I have such a hectic schedule that I can’t meet anyone for lunch.”  This beats “I’ll get back to you” as procrastinating about saying no. Making  it sound like a “standard procedure” rather than a personalized rejection saves face all around- and feels freeing.

Household chores for home based business: put on blinders! and walk straight out the door when it’s “break time” no stop to wash dishes or to eat (unless it’s mealtime).

Social Media: Create a schedule policy for this and stick to it!  Sending requests to a special file not to your Inbox makes it less tempting.


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I always try out new EFT www.balanceandpower.com/eft.php  techniques on myself first even if they don’t seem to apply to me, and the idea of targeting procrastination certainly didn’t seem to apply. Although ending procrastination with EFT was an intriguing idea, I was sure that I was the last person in the world who needed to address this problem. I remembered how some relatives of mine are chronically annoyed with my tendency to do things immediately as they come up. “Do you always have to do everything “yesterday”? What’s the hurry? Can’t it wait?”.
So, when I sat down and wrote out a huge list of To-Do’s that related to the four major projects I was working on at the time (all with pressing deadlines!) I found the list itself to be revealing. Did I really have that much to do in so little time and in so many different areas of my life?
To test out my new EFT strategy, I systematically applied it to each item on my list. However, it wasn’t until the following day that I saw the effects. What happened then was eye opening.
My first realization was that I had, in fact, been fooling myself all along. I had been a secret (hidden to myself) “procrastinator” on a number of levels and in certain areas, and this had been causing me uneasiness, annoyance at myself, and some needless inefficiency, although by ordinary standards I am not inefficient.
• When I looked over the topics of things I had to get done I felt so different about doing them that it was hard to believe that this was possible.
• I was doing them, one after the other.
• It was no big deal to do them.
• I didn’t feel sorry for myself for having to “do the impossible”.
• There was no self-pity (and I hadn’t even realized I’d had any self-pity before!)
• My carefully constructed rationale for not doing these things was gone. It had vanished.
• I couldn’t believe this was “me” acting this way. Something basic had changed.
A few readings-over of my list of EFT Choices over the subsequent days, and some time spent tapping on them, and this change consolidated and became permanent.
Then I began to apply this method to my clients and the same thing happened with them. Their procrastination simply melted away, even if it had been a persistent habit. The new EFT method simply transformed the way these people viewed themselves in relation to getting things done that needed to be done.
In short, this unorthodox and surprising approach worked. Since then I’ve taught this gentle method for getting rid of procrastination to a large number of clients, with life transformative results. Do you want to have your life change as you see things become easy to do that never were before Easy… Transforming… This new approach can dissolve your tendency to procrastinate.
I’m coaching entrepreneurs who are finding new opportunities in this new marketplace and also people who yearn to be entrepreneurs and need a sounding board, encouragement, brainstoming opportunities, clear vision and a boost in confidence in order to move forward. Call me at (516) 623-4353 or email eileen@balanceandpower.com for a complimentary consultation to find out how you can build confidence and  self-esteem to turn lemons into lemonade and ” SOAR!(TM) with Resilience”..the title of my new book. Find out more about that – http://sbalanceandpower.com/soarwithresilience.php

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