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Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipe: No Bake Nutritious Snack for Preschoolers, Toddlers, Adults


homemade energy bars
What do you look for in an energy bar?
Crunchy, sweet, nutty, and bursting with flavors is how I define these oatmeal energy bars. Loaded with fiber and essential nutrients, this energy diet bar  recipe uses nuts to add energy, oats to pack them with fiber and cornflakes for that crunchy effect.

Are you looking for a nutritious snack recipe for preschoolers? Perhaps you are interested in feeding healthy food to your toddlers.

Do you know toddlers need healthy fats for growth and development and to support their cognitive functioning?

We will cover fats in another post.
Let's talk about healthy nutritious snacks for toddlers and preschoolers.
Your tiny tot needs nutritious snacks for at least 3-4 times a day. Yes, this is plain truth. Their small tummies cannot go for the entire meal in one go, which means they need small meals, but healthy snacks in between that can supply their bodies with nutrients while keeping them full and healthy.

So what are healthy snacks for preschoolers or toddlers?

Well, a healthy snack is one that combines at least 2 food groups - that is, you have got to prepare a snack with any two of these groups, including fiber-rich complex carbs, proteins, unsaturated or healthy fats, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.

It's a good idea to combine nuts with fruits to make a nutritious energy bar for your tiny tots. This post is all about it.


I have written a lot about oatmeal benefits in this blog, and you will find benefits of different nuts as well here. Learn how almond benefits health. Check out how pistachio can be a health boosting nut.

You may be surprised to find dates benefits. Do you know dates is packed with fiber?
oatmeal energy bars no bake

A tsp of honey, a few drops of vinegar, and a handful of dates along with your choice of nuts is all you need to pack a powerful punch with these granola bars. Why buy market junk when these are a breeze to process?

This is a simple energy bar recipe that you would want to try out now.

No heating, no cooling, no baking, no freezing, this energy bar recipe is a sure keeper for those looking to please kids and their inner child.

  • If you are craving for a power-packed snack, get your hands on this energy boosting bar.
  • If you wish to please a loved one with a healthy treat, try this healthy breakfast bars recipe.
  • If you want to enjoy pleasure of health with no compromise on taste, this energy bar is all you need!
  • If you are looking for a healthy breakfast bars recipe, this is it!

Enough of self praise!
easy energy bars recipe

Let's get back to the oatmeal energy bars recipe - the best nutritious snack for toddlers, preschoolers, and adults alike.

Ingredients required for the Energy bar recipe :

3/4 cup- rolled oats (I use Patanjali oats and sometimes Saffola)
1 cup- cornflakes
1/2 cup almonds
5-8 pistachio or more if you like pista flavor
8-10 raisins (kishmish)
5-6 dates (unseeded or deseed them first)
10-Makhana (fox seeds/ nuts)
2 tsp- energy boosting powder(optional - I have recently purchase Patanjali's energy drink in place of Horlicks, so decided to use it)
A few drops of vinegar or lime juice
A few flax seeds (optional - you may use roasted sesame seeds /til as well)
Elaichi (cardamom), cinnamon (dalchini) or any other natural flavoring agent

The best part about this recipe is you can play around with ingredients ...add the amount of cornflakes and makhana for that crunchy feel...of course, you are free to add more of nuts.

Let's start making the nutty bars! 


Gather all ingredients


Dry roast cornflakes, almonds, and makhana. If you are using sesame seeds or flax seeds, dry roast them here.


Dry roast oats.



Grind dates and raisins. In my case, my processor wasn't working so I had to do this with hands. It was a tough job, but I didn't quit.


Mix everything. Add slivered pistachio as well.




Mix Bournvita or Horlicks or any energy powder that you wish to. You may even add cocoa powder. Now add vinegar as well. Vinegar will add slight tanginess to the oatmeal energy bars. It's a great preservative as well. You may skip it and add a pinch of salt instead and toss everything together.


Do not use the grinder or food processor now. We do not want to powder the ingredients, rather, wish to keep the crunch intact, so try collecting everything with hands and start binding. If binding seems to be a tough job, add honey. It will get easier. You may shift all ingredients to a butter paper or aluminum foil and then use a rolling pin or belan to press everything, so you can flatten them and get the right shape. 

Keep them pressed with a heavy utensil for half an hour. Your granola bars are ready. Wasn't it a super simple granola energy bar recipe?

After a little bit of struggle, I was able to make these crunchy energy boosting bars. Don't they look tempting? Try these power-packed bars now and you will be sorted. You won't ever buy market stuff again!


This is one healthy, nutritious snack for preschoolers, toddlers that your kids will instantly fall in love with. Take a bite yourself when serving this healthy snack to toddler, and they will not hesitate to follow in your footsteps.

PS: If you do not want to use dates, you may try adding jaggery powder instead. Heat it on a slow flame until jaggery melts. Put 2-3 bsp of water in a pan, add jaggery powder and allow it to melt. Then add the energy boosting powder or cocoa powder and then throw in all the ingredients, except honey. Keep stirring until jaggery coats every ingredient.

Turn off the flame and add honey and try binding everything together. You will get energy bars without dates.

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How To Cook Cracked Wheat: Yummy, Flavorful, Colorful Dalia Pulav


dalia pulav
Broken wheat recipes are simple and yummy, of course. Mom makes the best dalia kitchdi ever. Every time I visit her, I make sure I savor it at least once.

As a great source of fiber, cracked wheat complements your dietary program. It is rich in vitamin B, which raises the health quotient of dalia or cracked wheat, making it a must-include ingredient on your daily diet and menu list. If you are looking for healthy recipes, then including cracked wheat in your diet is crucial. I find dalia for weight loss by Baba Ramdev as crystal clear and pure, so I have been buying both barley and whole wheat dalia from Patanjali stores.

Anyway, the cracked berries of whole wheat are distinctively nutty. A low calorie, versatile ingredient, cracked wheat is loaded with nutrients.

Is Cracked Wheat for Weight Loss Good?
Broken wheat belongs to the family of whole grain foods, which are critical to maintaining a healthy body weight.

Studies reveal that cracked wheat for weight loss is no joke. A Harvard Medical School study found that including whole grains in your diet aid considerably in weight loss compared to refined grains, such as maida or white flour. Alternatively, refined flours, including all-purpose flour or bread flour, raised the rate of metabolic syndrome, which further complicates conditions for the heart,raising risk of heart ailments, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Broken wheat benefits health in more ways than one, and including whole grains lowers the rate of metabolic syndrome and thus reducing risk of heart ailments and metabolism-related problems.

Rich in magnesium, a body building mineral, helping in over 300 reactions in your body. Amazing, isn't it? Magnesium benefits for health in a number of ways. It is required for

  • bone health, 
  • energy production, 
  • nervous system balance, 
  • normal immune function, 
  • inflammation control
  • blood sugar control

Since dalia or cracked wheat is high in magnesium, it stands out from some other whole grains as a nutritional source for the body. For more magnesium benefits, walk over here.

cracked wheat recipe
Here are additional cracked wheat benefits;

broken wheat health benefits


Cracked wheat nutritional values
Still wondering why broken wheat must be a part of your diet. Check dalia nutrition value below:
1/4 cup of cracked wheat gives you 5gram of fiber.

Now if you are wondering how to cook cracked wheat, you will find many broken wheat recipes here. Baking with cracked wheat is easy, though I have done that only once- made broken wheat muffins in appe pan.

Here's one easy yummy and full of nutrition cracked wheat recipe that you would want to try now itself:

Call it Broken Wheat Porridge or cracked wheat mish mash or dalia pulav, this dalia recipe for weight loss will soon become a regular in your weekly meal plans. The garlicky flavor in this dalia recipe takes it to another level. It's a breeze to process this broken wheat recipe - one pot one shot! Yay! It's that easy.
dalia benefits for weight loss recipe


Ingredients 
1/2 cup dalia
 1/2 cup moong masur dal (you may take either yellow lentils or pink lentils or both of equal quantity)
Vegetables of your choice (I added 1 carrot, handful of peas and beans)
Garlic 7_8
Ginger grated
1 cup water or just enough to soak ingredients in pressure cooker
1 tomato
jeera or cumin seeds
2 tbsp curd
1 tsp ghee/oil
Garam masala
green chilly
Pinch of sugar(optional)

How To Cook Cracked Wheat: Procedure

  1.  Dry roast dalia.
  2. Soak both lentils together for 1 hour. I soaked for almost 4 hours though.
  3. Chop vegetables and marinate them with salt and curd.
  4. Take a 2-or 3-liter pressure cooker. 
  5. Add oil or ghee. Do NOT TURN on the flame yet.
  6. Thrown in pounded garlic and cumin seeds. Drop chopped vegetables and soaked lentils into the cooker. Spread them evenly in the cooker.
  7. Add dalia,water, salt, tomato, garam masala, and green chilly. We need enough water to ensure all ingredients are just soaked. Do not pour in too much water. It might make dalia meshy.
  8. Everything should be layered evenly. 
  9. Spread a layer of coriander leaves atop. Cover the lid and turn on the flame. 
  10. Keep the flame to medium. 
  11. Turn off the flame after 10 mts. Let the pressure release on its own. 
  12. Your yummy dalia pulav or cracked wheat porridge is ready.
  13. Sprinkle lime juice mixed with a pinch of sugar for a tangy twist.
  14. Yummy, flavorful, and packed with energy is this cracked wheat recipe. 
  15. Now that you know cracked wheat/dalia benefits for weight loss, do not miss out on my dalia idli recipe. It's a keeper for sure.!
dalia idli

Homemade Whole Grain Cookies: Nutty Crunchy Oatmeal Biscuits With Almond Butter


almond butter oatmeal cookies
Baking with whole grains is so simple. Did I say baking with oat flour isn't that difficult? If you are a frequent guest on my blog, you already know that oatmeal is a superfood to include in your diet.

Here I am with another batch of healthy cookies with oatmeal. I am a health freak, but I am a cookie lover as well. Yes, I am too fond of cookies. If you have landed on this page, this shows you, too, are bitten by the cookie bug. Isn't it?

Well, it may be your love for cookies or for family that loves cookies that you have taken to cookie making. My cookie baking journey has been a beautiful ride thus far. It does not mean I haven't tasted failures. I have had too many failures in cookie making, and the journey is a sweet bitter story sometimes.

But I am not someone to be taken aback. You hand me some nuts and I will make cookies out of them. This is what cookie making is all about for me.

homemade oat flour cookies
Anyway processed stuff like cookies do not count under healthy stuff. But there are ways you can make them healthier than the market junk. After all, homemade whole grain cookies are still a healthier choice to feed your kids as well as to please your inner child. I am so fond of cookies since childhood. I cannot think of tea without cookies. This is one reason you find me baking healthy cookies every now and then.

Na, I am not a homemaker, but a professional entrepreneur in another field. Baking cookies does not come naturally to me, but it was my love for biscuits that dragged me in this arena - the cookie making niche.

Here's a video on how to make almond butter at home:


Being a health aficionado myself who loves cookies, I try to make healthy biscuits with carefully chosen ingredients, for I believe our health is in our hands.

homemade whole grain cookies with oatmeal
Anyway coming back to the homemade whole grain cookies, I have used

  • oatmeal to add a good amount of fiber to the recipe
  • almond butter as a substitute to clarified butter/ghee/oil - doesn't that make these cookies healthier?
  • whole wheat flour to add other nutrients
  • jaggery powder as a substitute to refined or white sugar
  • no preservatives, no flavoring agents
  • milk to bind the dough
My husband does not like cookies, but this batch of oatmeal cookies no oil did interest him - crunchy, nutty bites!

Here's the no oil, no butter cookie recipe.

Homemade Whole Grain Cookie Ingredients
1 cup oatmeal (grind oats to powder)
1/4 cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup-almond butter or little more (here is the recipe to make almond butter at home)
2-3 tbsp milk to bind the dough
1 tsp- baking soda
5 tbsp or more of jaggery powder (or sugar)
Pistachios- 5-6


how to make almond butter recipe

Procedure

  1. Grind oats to powder. 
  2. Mix with whole wheat flour and baking soda.
  3. Add almond butter and rub it into the flour.
  4. Mix everything very well.
  5. Add milk 1 tbsp at a time to bind the dough.
  6. The dough should not be too soft, nor too hard.
  7. Sprinkle slivered pistachios. Mix well.
  8. Make it into a log and cover with cling film, parchment paper, or aluminum foil and keep it in the fridge for 30 mts or longer.
  9. Preheat oven at 180 degrees for 10 mts. I made this batch in airfryer. Preheat airfryer for 5 mts at 180 degrees.
  10. Take out the cookie dough from the refrigerator and either cut it into pieces or roll it out like a thick chapati. Then use cookie cutters or a small bangle to create shapes.
  11. Place on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 mts at 180 degrees in microwave convection mode.
  12. For airfryer, place the cookies on the mesh that comes along with the appliance and air fry the healthy cookies for 10 mts at 180 degrees.
  13. Keep an eye on your cookies in the airfryer. 
  14. Enjoy crunchy almond butter cookies with oatmeal. Can homemade crunchy oatmeal cookies get healthier than this?


Suji Upma: Healthy Breakfast Option for Diabetics

This is one unique Suji-vermicelli upma recipe that you will want to try out again and again.
Ever tried suji-vermicelli combo for upma? Try my MIL's no fail upma recipe and you'll never go back to making upma the old way again!



suji vermicelli upma




suji upma - healthy breakfast






Almost each one of you can make upma - yes, suji upma that is! I had never been able to get it right until I learned the secret from my mother in law, who has some amazing culinary skills.
She makes the yummiest semolina upma.




suji upma with vermicelli

This suji vermicelli upma recipe belongs to her. I tasted upma for the first time when she made it for us after our marriage. It used be our early morning feast! I loved every bit of it.

But somehow I never tried to learn it from her for 4 years. Finally, I decided to take the plunge into upma making and learn the secret from her after successful failures, for my upma would always be mushy. I never liked it that way.

Contrarily. my mother in law or for that matter my sister in law are experts in the kitchen. They can create marvels with simplest of food items. Well, they have been doing this for ages. Not to take the credit away from them, I admit even the simplest of recipes cooked by them are the yummiest.

My MIL's recipe of upma for diabetics with or without veggies tastes yum. My SIL follows her mother's recipes and never fails. I wish I could become like her someday in the kitchen.

Let's come back to the suji upma recipe, which makes a sumptuous, filling, and healthy breakfast. This recipe is unique since it combines semolina with vermicelli. I doubt if anyone else does the same. The first time I got to taste this suji vermicelli upma, I found it to be the best breakfast in the world.

In this recipe, I have combined OPOS method of Rama Krishnan - the point where we add in everything to the pressure cooker. I am deeply impressed with OPOS - it has made life so much easier.
semolina upma healthy breakfast for diabetics

OPOS is one cooking technique that removes uncertainty, complications of cooking, and makes it a breeze to cook whatever you want. I will continue to post my experiments with OPOS as and when I do them. OPOS is one simple way of cooking food - without frying, without sauteing, without stirring, without fearing lumps.

Here comes my fusion recipe that blends my MIL's secret suji upma tricks with OPOS to give you the tastiest, yummiest, and healthiest breakfast option.

Tip from my MIL: Always add oil to suji while roasting - you will get grainy texture for upma.

upma with semolina for a healthy breakfast

Healthy Breakfast for Diabetics Ingredients
1 cup- suji/rava
1/2 cup- Bambino (vermicelli) (if you are making with suji alone, skip vermicelli and add 1/2 cup of suji instead)
3 cups- water
vegetables of your choice (I used carrot, peas, cauliflower, and beans)
1 onion
1 tsp- Grated ginger
Salt -1/2 tsp or more depending on your taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing
pinch or two of turmeric
1 Green chilly
1 tsp +1 tsp  oil


vermicelli suji upma -breakfast recipe
How To Make Diabetic-Friendly Recipe of Upma

Dry roast suji/semolina and vermicelli. I keep vermicelli roasted in stock. So add it once suji is roasted. My MIL roasts both together, so you can do so as well.


Take a 2- or 3-liter pressure cooker and add ginger, onion, and vegetables of your choice. Also, drop in salt and turmeric along with water.

Cover the lid and cook on high flame for 5 minutes or 2 whistles. And see the magic of OPOS upma unfold.

Release pressure immediately and open the lid. This is how it looks after 2 whistles. 

Add roasted suji to boiled water immediately.

Mix everything well and again cover the lid. Keep it covered for 15-20 minutes.

Your yummy, filling, and tasty suji upma is ready to be relished. Enjoy healthy breakfast -one pot meal in one pot one shot!




feedback on suji upma


  • Add suji and vermicelli to a pan and drop 1 tsp of oil.
  • Mix and start stirring on medium flame.
  • We want to roast both suji and vermicelli. You will soon start to feel the aroma of roasted suji until then keep stirring, for there is always the risk of semolina sticking to the pan or browning too quickly. Just keep an eye on!
  • Meanwhile, keep the vegetables chopped aside.
  • Chop one onion, green chilly as well.
  • When the semolina looks roasted, turn off the flame.
  • Now take a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker, add 1 tsp of oil and 3 cups of water.
  • Drop in the vegetables, chopped onion, ginger, turmeric, and salt. 
  • Cover the pressure cooker. Put on the whistle/weight.
  • Cook on high heat for 5 minutes or 1 whistle.
  • Immediately, turn off the flame after 1 whistle and release pressure.
  • Open the lid and throw in the roasted suji and vermicelli.
  • Mix and cover the cooker lid with weight on it. No need to turn on the flame now. 
  • Let the suji sit in the cooker for 15-20 mts.
  • Open the pressure cooker, mix suji upma and then garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Enjoy with buttermilk stirred in with onion and coriander leaves. The suji upma-curd/buttermilk combo tastes yummy.
feedback from Satinder Wadhwa on suji upma




Whole Wheat Ragi Cookies: Baking With Whole Grains

ragi cookies
I am a big fan of oatmeal digestives. This was the time to experiment with finger millet. This batch of ragi digestives gets inspiration from Padhu's Kitchen. I have always wanted to try out healthy cookies with whole grains. This recipe is exactly what I have always dreamed of - sweet, subtle flavors that are almost certain to make you nostalgic.

Tea and cookies are a match made in haven. Undoubtedly, this is a delectable combination. If you are a tea lover like me, you have got to be in love with cookies. When you can bake healthy whole grain cookies at home, you already know you have got a perfect accompaniment with your hot cup of tea.

Biscuits are usually made with white flour,  fats, and white sugar, besides a long list of additives and preservatives. Perhaps you know that these do no good to you body. Indeed these are harmful.

ragi digestives
Additives and flavoring agents ensure a longer shelf life, while the latter add flavors to the biscuit recipe. Since cookies are baked on high heat, this could inhibit their crispiness. Bakeries add raising agents and dough conditioners to maintain crispness. This isn't still the end. To mask the taste of  additives, flavoring agents are used.

This homemade ragi cookie recipe tells you all about how easy baking with whole grains is.

Ingredients
1/2 Cup ragi or finger millet Flour or nachini
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar or jaggery powder (please add sugar as per your taste preferences)
1/2 Cup Ghee/ clarified butter (cold/refrigerated)
1 tsp Baking powder
1-2 tbsp Milk
baking with whole grains

Procedure

  1. Ragi gives a raw taste so it should be dry roasted first. I love it in raw form as well - reminds me of that unforgettable natural scent of sand. Dry roast ragi. I tasted ragi while dry roasting it. OMG! I am simply in love with the aroma and taste. 
  2. Let it cook down.
  3. Mix ragi with whole wheat flour and baking powder.
  4. Even mixing is important here.
  5. Throw in sugar powder. You may use jaggery powder as well.
  6. Add cold ghee. Cut it into pieces or grate it using a grater. I usually refrigerate ghee for cookies. This gives me flaky, crispy cookies.
  7. Now it's time to bind the dough. So we will need some amount of milk. Make sure you add 1 tbsp at a time. Of course, we do not want to end up with a sticky dough. Cookie dough has to be just perfect.
  8. No need to knead the dough.
  9. Cover the cookie dough in a cling film or aluminum foil, whatever you have at your counter.
  10. Refrigerate the log for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven or microwave convection at 180 degrees for 10mts.
  12. Meanwhile, remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it into desired shapes.
  13. I rolled it out like a thick chapati and then used a bangle to give shapes.
  14. Place on a baking tray at an even distance so cookies have some space for expansion.
  15. Bake at 180 degrees for 18 minutes or until done.
  16. Congratulations, you have successfully baked a delicious, healthy batch of ragi digestives. 


Suji Fruit Cake: My First Baking Experiment With Air Fryer


suji cake in airfryer
It's Christmas today and time to bake Christmas cake. Yes, this is not a typical X-mas cake, but I am extremely happy with the result. Perhaps it is the simplest yet yummiest fruit cake on earth using suji or semolina. The suji cake is baked in an airfryer - my latest investment.

I have recently bought Prestige airfryer after getting inspiration from our very sweet aunt Anita Chahal's innovative airfried recipes.

Yes, my first experiment with airfryer was a failure - tried making pakodas or fritters in my airfryer, I was disappointed since I wanted to make something special for my family in Patiala. Nevertheless I did not lose hope, and the next day, it was time to bake an airfryer cake.

Yes, I was little apprehensive, but the fire within me to experiment kept me on!
Then came my suji cake out of the airfryer.
eggless semolina cake recipe

Voila! It was such a hit with my family - with every single member loving every single bite of it.
Was I happy?

Is there any doubt? Go try this airfryer cake now! Of course, you can bake this cake in oven or microwave convection and even on stovetop.

The suji cake is flavored with citrusy lemon and uses carrot. The sweet savory nutty cake is all you need to enjoy everyday on any special day.

Here's my simple cake recipe with semolina.

Semolina Cake Ingredients
2 cups- Suji (semolina)
3/4-1 cup- sugar
3/4 cup- curd
3/4 cup- milk
1/4 cup- water
1/2cup- oil
cardamom
Ginger- 1 tsp
Carrot- 1
lime juice-1 tsp
1 tsp- Baking powder
1/2 tsp- Baking soda
salt- 1 pinch
2 pinches of lime zest
Nuts of your choice or tutti fruity
airfryer cake with suji

Procedure

  1. Mix semolina with sugar, oil, curd, and milk.
  2. Keep aside for 2 hours. Or for 20 mts minimum.
  3. Next add cardamom, grated ginger and carrot.
  4. Stir in lime juice and lime zest. Or you may add orange juice instead.
  5. Preheat airfryer at 200 degrees for 10 mts.
  6. Add baking powder to the cake batter.
  7. Mix everything well. We need the batter to have idli batter-like consistency. 
  8. If the batter looks thicker, add water. I added.
  9. Add nuts.
  10. Air fry the batter for 35-40 mts at 200 degrees. It took me 40 mts to bake it perfectly.
  11. I have a Prestige Air fryer. Time depends on the type of your airfryer. Please keep an eye on your cake after25 mts. I air fryed for 20 mts first. But the cake wasn't done. Then I set it for 10 mts more. Still it did not have a brownish top, so I kept it for another 10 mts.
  12. Allow the suji cake to rest in the airfryer for 30 mts.
  13. Let it cool down completely before slicing the airfryer cake.
  14. If you wish to bake in microwave or oven, preheat it at 180 degrees for 10 mts. Then bake it for 35 mts at the same temperature or until done. 
  15. The post gets inspiration from this eggless suji cake recipe post.

Why Is Procrastination Not the Best Strategy for Your Career


In the words of Napoleon Hill, “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

Procrastination is a self-sabotaging behavior. It is one such behavioral blind spot that can limit or sabotage your career. You could be at the risk of career stagnation with such self-limiting attitude.
But what exactly is procrastination?

To understand, close your eyes and think of an action you have been trying to avoid. Now ask yourself the reasons for the delaying tactics.

Do you not want to step out of your comfort zone? Are you trying to avoid it because you aren’t too confident to go ahead with it? Or are you looking for perfection? Or perhaps you have been overcome by lethargy and self-indulging behavior.


The reasons why you have been putting off things are aplenty. Let’s see how such behavior can affect your career.

Procrastination and Career: Do They Go Together?
If you are a chronic procrastinator, who delays challenging chores for the last minute, you are making tasks even more complicated for yourself. Rushing with the piled-up tasks at the last minute, missing out on deadlines, and making wrong work submissions are just a few consequences.
Additionally, a rushed-up job isn’t the quality of work a client would want to receive from you. It could upset clients and superiors, affect your work performance and promotions, and make your career stagnant.

If you’ve got into the habit of delaying action, deferring projects, and disrespecting timelines, achieving your career goals will be an uphill task.  

Don’t you think it’s time to change your habits and become little more self-disciplined?
You could do well by setting self-imposed deadlines. When you are self disciplined, you are more likely to stick to your deadlines religiously.

Procrastination is Equal to Poor Work Habits
When you start deferring projects because you don’t want to do them now or find them too boring to work on, you may find yourself caught in a maze of delaying tactics. Such mindless form of escape poses a grave threat to your on-job continuation and growth.
As a result, you tend to become more and more inclined toward unplanned execution, dilly dallying, and slack performance, which could easily upset superiors.
An unhappy employer could see your procrastinating behavior as a grave threat to their business productivity and reputation.
So how do you deal with it?
Do everything you can to scare yourself into action and overcome self-destroying habits.

Procrastination Affects Decision Making
Frequent procrastination may put you in a tight corner and force you to compromise on time management. As a result of recurring delay, you may often have to make a decision without giving it proper consideration or spending time analyzing the outcome. Such a hasty decision may prove to be a gross mistake, which could affect your reputation.
In the words of Mason Cooley, “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.”

Bottom Line
We have all indulged in delaying tactics sometime in our lives despite knowing that it steals precious time and causes immense stress buildup.

Overcoming procrastination starts with recognizing that you are indulging in delaying tactics. Ask yourself, “Who am I hurting by not doing it now and what is such attitude costing me?” Trust yourself and come out of your comfort zone before the habit starts affecting your career growth and potential.
After all, the time to do it is now!

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