Tips for Being In Charge

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“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

Tips for Being in Charge

by Bob Nelson

  1. “Do not procrastinate. There’s no time better than the present to do what needs to be done.
  2. Constantly prioritize your work and do the most important things first. Priorities count! Save less important tasks for times when you have caught up with your most urgent issues.
  3. Don’t wait for others to make the first move. When something needs to be done, just get out there and do it!
  4. Be a participant, not a spectator. You’ll achieve your professional and personal goals much more quickly, and you’ll be a happier, more productive person.
  5. Take advantage of opportunities quickly. Many opportunities are fleeting: act on them before someone else does, or before the chance to act slips away (Nelson, 1999, p.46).”

Reference: Nelson, B. (1999). 1001 ways to take initiative at work. New York: Workman Publishing.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

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