Procrastination is a real killer when it comes to productivity and profit in business. I should know because up until about 8 years ago I was a serial procrastinator ( I still have occasional lapses, that’s normal right?) I waited until the very last minute to get anything done, not just in my business but in life as general.
After the birth of my second child, I quickly realized that running by the seat of my pants would no longer be an option. Juggling multiple children, a business, and all other pieces of my life forced me into structure, and routine really quick. This was difficult for me because I am a free spirit ( think Jenny from Forrest Gump…ok, maybe not that free.) routine, structure, checklists, and excel spreadsheets literally make my head hurt.
Overcoming procrastination doesn’t have to be difficult, but the first step is being totally honest with ourselves about where we are and what we need to do to make changes. In order to make this shift, we have to get to the heart of the matter.
I found that for myself I honestly enjoyed the rush of waiting until the last minute. I was addicted to the adrenaline of pulling things off at the eleventh hour. It was my way of controlling the situation and remaining in complete rebellion to routine.
Instead of controlling the situation, the situation controlled me causing me to lose time, income, and integrity.
Not all procrastinators are the same however, some of us simply avoid anything that will force us into action. We evade because we are afraid of success or failure. Avoiders simply hope things will go away, but they won’t. Decisional procrastinators well they simply can’t make a decision, causing them to lose out on opportunities and the freedoms of choice.
If you are a procrastinator of any sort you can probably find yourself in these descriptions. Once you have identified who you are, then you are finally ready to make some serious changes.
Over the years, I’ve had to implement many different strategies to overcome procrastination. Some worked, others not so much, but in the process I realized that success/failure of my business was directly tied to my ability to be efficient and productive. There was very little room for or the inability to be decisive and resolute. I am 100% responsible and obligated to the outcomes good or bad.
Here are 3 Key Tips I’ve personally used to Overcome Procrastination.
- Batch Tasks : Do as much of your tasks together and at one time as possible. If you have to run errands do it together, write content all at once, work on financials all at one time. This way your brain is not shifting focus to different tasks while you are in the middle of your current task and you get in a zone
- Focus in shortened periods of time- Focus is huge!!! You won’t get anywhere if you can’t focus, yet distractions are everywhere. I tend to create a 50 minute time period where I focus vehemently to complete a task. After the 50 minutes I take a 10-15 minute break and then on the to the next task. I started doing this in my business first but found it was amazing for my life as well.
- List your distractions – Remember you can’t make change unless you are honest with yourself. What keeps you distracted and forces everything you do to take 10 times longer than it should. Is it social media, avoidance, work environment, lack of vision. What is it? Figure it out write it on a list and be intentional about NOT doing those things. Seems easy enough right, trust me it takes practice but its so worth it.
In the last 2 years I have hosted an amazing Masterclass at the start of the New Year called Vision to Action Masterclass. We tackle a host of subjects one of which is procrastination. The goal of the live training is to get you moving from procrastination to productivity very quickly! I will be launching our upcoming registration page soon and a freebie to get you excited about the training and allow you to be one of the first on the list. This training fills up really fast!!!
In the meantime, try to implement those strategies and feel free to let me know how it’s going!!
Blessings and Nothing Less,
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