How to jump over the procrastination hurdle and finally move forward.
Procrastination leads nowhere.
Yet, it’s a road we have all been on. And it’s a depressing and dusty road, simply because at the end of the road, you look back at how far you have come and realise you haven’t made any progress.
We have all had days where we have “worked” hard, but in reality, we produced nothing.
And that’s not how you grow a business, people – it is not the #NewNormal way. Let’s commit now to rid ourselves of procrastination and move towards motivation and inspiration.
All the articles I have read on procrastination over the years haven’t really helped me. Most of them tell me that I need to write a to-do list and cross off my tasks as I go, starting with the biggest, scariest task first. Now, if all I needed to do what write a to-do list, I wouldn’t be struggling with getting things done.
You feel me?
Thinking long and hard, I realised that the first step to crushing procrastination is understanding why you are procrastinating.
Being the expert in procrastination (ask anyone who has worked with me), I have realised that there are four main reasons, which are:
- Chasing the thrill
And the good news, my lovelies, is that when you know why you are putting things off, you are able to finally put procrastination behind you.
Give me a whoop whoop!
Right, let’s get cracking and uncover our reasons so we can crush them.
This is a biggie, especially as we start our businesses. Getting a business off the ground is not only stressful, but it can be unbelievably overwhelming in this day and age simply because the internet offers so much information. As a new business owner, you are eager and you want to get your business off the ground the right way. So, you read and learn and read some more.
There are so many different options, tools and solutions for you to consider that it can be overwhelming. When you are faced with a task that is overwhelming, procrastination creeps in quickly.
As Mason Cooley says, “Procrastination makes everything hard, and hard things harder.”
Break your overwhelming task down into small chunks. If you look at your to-do list and you are still feeling overwhelmed, break it up again into even smaller tasks. When your tasks are small and easy to do, the feeling of overwhelm will dissipate and you will be able to move forward.
Now, look at your to-do list and ask yourself if any of your tasks are linked to overwhelm. Now, take each task and break it down.
Well done! Have a look at your list and check in on how you are feeling.
Fear of failure
The second popular reason for procrastination is because you are sitting with the fear that you are not going to be able to complete the task successfully.
Fear of failure can be debilitating!
Now, there are many reasons behind the fear – and you need to work out where you fear comes from if you want to move beyond it.
And more often than not, the lack of confidence is unfounded.
Very rarely is fear founded in a true lack of knowledge. Now, if you have an inkling that your procrastination stems from fear, ask yourself why you are afraid. This isn’t easy.
You need to dig deep.
Find a quiet space and breathe deeply. Think about what you have been putting off. Ask yourself if it is based in fear. If you have tasks based in fear, write these tasks down here:
- The reason I am afraid is because:
- If I started believing in myself again, I’d be much more likely to:
- On a scale of 1 to 10, my skill-set for this task sits at a:
- On a scale of 1 to 10, my experience for this tasks sits at a:
- If I move forward, the absolute worst thing that can happen is:
- If I had more confidence in myself, the very first thing I would go out and do is :
Most often, our fear holds us hostage unfairly. The fear, although real, is unfounded. Understanding that your procrastination lies in fear is the first step in pushing your fear to the curb.
Chasing the Thrill
As much as I hate procrastination, sometimes my best work comes from being under pressure. Waking up at 4 in the morning to work on a big proposal when I have had all week is not uncommon in my world.
And my proposals rock.
If I am really honest though, I would still be able to deliver the goods even if I wasn’t under pressure. For many years, I used to say to myself that it was OK to leave things to the last minute because that’s when I do my best work.
But, in truth, it is simply an excuse.
The guilt of putting something off outweighs the thrill of completing tasks at the last minute. Do you think that your procrastination is linked to thrill-seeking?
If you answered yes, here’s what you need to do. Give yourself a deadline ahead of the deadline. Put it in your diary. Tell someone else about the deadline. Give yourself a reward if you complete it by this date. Put the reward in your diary. Simply giving yourself a new mental deadline rarely works. You need to create a whole new story around it.
- A task I have been putting off is:
- My new deadline date and time is:
- If I reach this deadline, I am going to reward myself by:
This one is a biggie, peeps. Get your mind-set right, and you will be crushing way more than just procrastination.
Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
I have struggled with mind-set over the years, and have finally settled on a system for overcoming my mind-set woes. It takes discipline. And consistency. But, it doesn’t take a huge amount of time.
And, the minute you implement it – what happens.
Bye-bye procrastination. Hello inspired action!
So, what is my little system? It’s simple. It involves: Taking time out to be grateful for what you have in your life.
Remembering your why.
Using daily affirmations or mantras every day (thoughts become things). Meditating or flow dreaming or journaling. Planning your day before your day begins
I found such amazing results using this little system, that I created a daily planner based on these areas. You can find it under the files tab on our free Facebook group called The Abundance Circle. Join our group here! I urge you to print it out and use it every day. Morning or night. Many people find it easier taking time out in the evening and setting the intention for the following day. Whatever works for you.
Remember, it takes discipline and consistency. I would love to dig into each area of the planner – each section could be an entire course on its own.
I hope that just for today, you print the planner and fill it out. Do this daily and you will literally feel your life transforming.
Onwards and Upwards!
Yours in #bizlove