So, you entrepreneur extraordinaire, are faced with the daily task of getting to work and doing what needs to be done to make your business work and as you consider your tasks for the day – the content creation, the technical aspects of putting a list together, the thought of putting your face on a video so that you can be considered an expert in your niche and so on.
You pretend to make a start but you get to the end of the day and realise that nothing has changed except that you have been procrastinating!
And this goes on day after day after day and your business is just not getting anywhere.
Yes, you recognise that some of it is fear but how do you handle it? How do you stop procrastinating? Here are a few solid ideas which will show you how to stop procrastinating…
Take one, take all, just implement!
1. Face down Your Fears
Take a moment right now to really ask yourself what is going on in your head?
What is it that you are trying to avoid? What is it that you think will happen if you take action right now? Spend a little time, (note I say, A LITTLE time :-D)
Whip out a journal and write your fears down. Sometimes, just the seeing it on paper helps you realise that it is nowhere near as scary as it appears in your head. Sometimes, you realise that you are fearful because it is a task that you just do not know how to do – You can then consider outsourcing it
Ultimately, you make it more real and more practical to deal with, when you write things down.
2. Get Clear On What You Want
Whilst you are figuring out why you are not doing something, also spend some time figuring out exactly what the end goal looks like. Again, write it down, make it concrete and start moving.
Sometimes a lack of clarity surrounding the end goal keeps you spinning your wheels, thinking and over thinking your next step. Write out those goals instead. Do not judge them. Do not diminish them, let them be what they are.
3. What will you gain as a result of meeting your goal?
This is the point where you get pretty excited about what you want and how you are going to get there.
Visualise the end result, feel how you will feel, imagine the person you will be when you reach your end goal. Create a pretty compelling picture in your head of all the great things that will happen as a result of you reaching your goal. Figure out your big reason why! This will be one of the huge steps in figuring out how to stop procrastinating.
4. Use This Law To Your Advantage As You Learn How To Stop Procrastinating
Have you heard of the Parkinson’s law? The one that says your work will expand to fill the time you have given it? Yes? No? Whatever your response, it is the truth. You remember those college days, when you had all term to hand in an assignment, you just could not get it done until the night before and suddenly, you only had 8 hours to get it done and it GOT DONE!
You had a term and it took all that time and still did not get done
You had 8 hours, and it got done because there was a sense of urgency behind it.
Same with growing your business, if you allow your daily work tasks to take all day, they will! If, however, you place a demand on yourself to get it done in half the time, you will surprisingly find that you can. Try it out and see. The difficulty will be ensuring you do have a sense of urgency. Can you find an accountability partner to hold you to account?
5. Start somewhere
Maybe you are uncertain about where exactly to start but why not start anywhere at all? Who said you have to start at the beginning and go all the way sequentially to the end? Break free of those shackles and begin wherever takes your fancy and then you may discover that the fun returns to the work.
6. Start easy
Some say you should eat that frog and usually, I would agree but what if you just started moving forward by doing the easy stuff and then working your way to the hard stuff.
There is a possibility that you will get stuck looking for more easy stuff to do so keep breaking down the hard stuff into easy chunks and charge full speed into a world of easy.
7. Stop overthinking everything
Some people will think themselves out of a great idea.
Why not become one of those super efficient and accomplished people who get an idea and immediately implement? Going back to tip 1, you may fear failure but if you stopped thinking so much and took considerably more action, you might find that success starts to come so easily to you.
8. Forgiveness works too.
You may be one of those people that gets trapped in a spiral of guilt over all the things you have not done yet. And then that guilt keeps you trapped not doing anything still and then you start again to feel even more guilty.
Exit the guilt – inaction – guilt cycle by forgiving yourself. There is absolutely no need to feel guilty. Brush off your last bout of inaction and flow right into the next part of your life instead of dwelling and dwelling on the past.
9. Take a break
I know, I know it seems counterintuitive but the fact is, if you are sitting in front of your computer trying to make something happen and nothing is flowing out of you, then you are probably better off taking a break and coming back to it later.
When I was a pharmacist, we had to take mental breaks to ensure we looked at the drugs with new eyes and caught any mistakes before it reached the customer. This applies to you as well. Sometimes, while you are desperately trying to make yourself do something, it becomes incredibly difficult to feel anything but hopeless.
So, take a quick break, have a drink, go for a 20 minute walk, let ideas meander in your head and then come on back and get stuck right in to the first thing on your mind.
10 Do you actually need to do it?
Now this is not an invitation to lie to your self and pretend you no longer want what you said you wanted. You are a warrior, right? You do not just delude yourself into not doing something just because you have decided the effort is not worth it.
No, this is for when you really have taken time to get clear on what you want and you realize there are more than one ways to skin a cat so this particular way is not absolutely essential.
Then delegate or discard.
11. Reward Yourself
What would you really like after you commit and get the work done? Well, plan in a reward for sitting there (or standing) and getting the work done.
Make it something you really want so that you incentivize yourself to keep moving forward.
12. Are you lonely?
Procrastination can sometimes be the result of being lonely. You are on your own and you find it hard to do the things you know you should be doing. Why not link up with other people who are trying to make things happen so that they can hold you accountable to doing what you say you want to do? This is one HUGE key as you learn how to stop procrastinating.
- Your vision is your permission.
- You are capable of your calling.
- You are much more powerful than you realise.
- Yes you can get everything you want.
- You are loved. You are enough. You are worthy. You deserve the very best of everything.
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