3 Tips to Help You Beat Procrastination
Procrastination nation — where you guys at?
Pure and simple – true procrastination is a failure of self-regulation. It is a voluntary delay of important tasks that we intend to do, despite knowing that we’ll suffer down the line, as a result of not completing them.
Let’s talk about some solutions:
- If you don’t know where to start – it's common to feel overwhelmed in today's fast-paced world. Seemingly endless to-do lists can make it feel as if there's no good place to start. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you also may be wearing a lot of hats or juggling a packed schedule. It’s normal to feel uncertain — particularly when starting something new. Remind yourself it’s OK not to have all the answers from the get-go. Give yourself permission to start where you can with what you have.
- Don’t be afraid to fail – If we’re talking about bigger projects, this point will be very relatable to you guys. Many live in fear of making bad decisions/moves. This is what leads to delayed launch dates, missed deadlines, constant pushing back of the task in question, or obsessing over small details instead of actually making tangible progress on the task.
Piece of advice on this, repeat after me: “Fail fast, fail often.” You have to break through that fear quickly & understand that no matter how prepared you come, the chance of failing will always be there. But you cannot let that be the reason you never progress within your business.
- Don’t wait for the “mood to strike” – Instead of waiting for motivational lightning to strike, apply a clear strategy and identify the steps required to complete a task. Next, and most important — determine where & when you’ll act. Your tasks MUST be penciled into your schedule just like your client bookings are and you also have to commit to them just as you do to those bookings, no excuses.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to having a system in place & sticking to it. Systems help squash procrastination and then the process doesn’t require willpower. And that’s important, because a lack of willpower, in the traditional sense, is what leads to that procrastination.