09/16/2010 07:26 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

7 Ways to Avoid Procrastinating (PHOTOS)

Today: Seven tips for avoiding procrastination.

Going to the gym. Practicing a new skill when you have no skill. Giving bad news. Dealing with tech support. We all have to make ourselves do things that we just don't want to do. Here are some tricks I've learned that help me power through the procrastination.

7 Ways to Avoid Procrastinating

What have I forgotten? What strategies do you use to stop procrastinating?

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