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Set goals and priorities  “Take care to do things with order, and order will take care of you.” -St. Augustine of Hippo Set daily, weekly, annual, and life-long goals. Work through them in an orderly fashion, and if you see you aren’t reaching them, re-evaluate and either adjust your approach, or set new, perhaps more realistic goals.
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Divide and conquer  “Begin with what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you’ll be achieving the impossible.” - St. Francis of Assisi Divide a large task into smaller ones, doing them in stages. Just follow St. Francis’ advice, and start little by little.
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Be disciplined  “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” - Mother Teresa of Calcutta Coming up with a schedule for everything and being constant, trying to stick to what we’ve established for ourselves, helps us to be disciplined and not to fall into laziness.
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Be persistent  “Be patient with all things, but especially with yourself.” - St. Francis de Sales Don’t give in to discouragement. Do what all great athletes do: if you fail, try again, and don’t give up until you achieve your goal.
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Eliminate distractions  “Distractions in life can be internal or external. If you’re distracted in your interior, it’s more possible and probable that you will be weaker when facing what is exterior.” - St. John Paul II Distractions must be fought clearly and decisively. We need to remove distractions from our environment, and not allow our curiosity, memory, and imagination to lead us astray.
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Don’t overload yourself with responsibilities  “Seek what is sufficient; look for what is enough, and don’t desire more. What goes beyond this creates anxiety, not relief; it weighs you down, instead of lifting you up.” - St. Augustine Taking on too much work can make us unproductive. Multitasking has been scientifically proven not to work. Do one thing well, rather than 10 things badly.
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Be generous with others  “Perfect love has this strength: we forget our own happiness in order to make those we love happy.” - St. Teresa of Ávila When we think less about ourselves and more about those around us, it moves us to action and helps us overcome our laziness.
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First things first  “Do everything with love and for love, making good use of the present time, and don’t be anxious about the future.” - St. Francis de Sales Love is the strongest force for overcoming fear, and fear -- fear of failure, of effort, of commitment, etc. -- is often at the root of procrastination. Seize the day to act, motivated by love!
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Rest isn’t laziness  “…because resting doesn’t mean doing nothing: it means distracting ourselves with activities that require less effort.” - St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer We shouldn’t confuse a well-deserved rest with laziness. We need to take time to enjoy the satisfaction of achieving our goals, and to recharge our energy so we can continue our activities afterwards.