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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, 2nd Edition by Michelle Tullier

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Balancing Acts

Not all clutter is the kind that grows in your closet or your monitor’s desktop. You can also get slowed down by a glut of obligations in any of your life roles.

Suppose you’re moving along in your daily routine, managing to get everything done, when something comes along and upsets the apple cart. Perhaps you have to care for an elderly relative or a family member who suddenly becomes sick or injured. This happens at the same time that you’re nearing critical deadlines at work, remodeling your kitchen, trying to stick with an exercise plan, and devoting energy to a new romantic relationship in your life. Just when you thought you had your act together, a case of commitment overload kicks in.

Some commitments, such as those related ...

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