Let’s talk about procrastination. A lot of clients come to see me for this exact problem, but interestingly enough, some aren’t even entirely aware they struggle with it.
Are you able to juggle the many tasks you have on a daily basis? How many times have you said to yourself: “I just wish there were more hours in a day?” When you take a look at your agenda, even when it seems manageable, you just can’t get around to finishing everything that’s on the list. It may be caused by procrastination.
Does this sound like you?
You tend to put off resolving a few things until the last second. Or, you spend a lot of time focusing on other issues, perhaps less pressing, never getting around to finishing the work that really matters.
Procrastination isn’t just something college students struggle with. It can come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, but its effect is often the same: you’re not on top of things. In this blog, I will discuss how to stop procrastinating and get more motivated.
1. Make a “No” list
Every organized manager or business owner has a list of the things they need to do, but do you have one for the things you should avoid? I’m guessing not.
It’s time to take a close look at an average day in your life and see what are the things you need to stop doing, cut down, or avoid like the plague.
2. Acknowledge the cost of procrastinating
Putting off work may have some nasty consequences on not only you, but your staff, and on your business. This is something you need to be completely aware of. Think of a task you need to get done, and what would happen if you postponed it or even worse, didn’t get around to it at all.
Becoming aware of the consequences can keep you from making these mistakes. It’s the same principle our parents used to prevent us from playing with fire – you do it, you get burned, and it will hurt like hell!
3. Adjust your objectives
Are you just shooting too high? It can be rather easy to fall into the procrastination trap when you take in a lot of responsibilities. Somewhere deep down you know there’s no way to finish every single thing you planned, so your mind prefers to think of something else.
4. Create a reward system for not procrastinating
Maybe you’re more motivated by the things you can do after you’ve completed your work. In this case, give yourself a small treat for finishing certain tasks. This could be as simple as watching 15 minutes of YouTube videos or checking your Twitter feed.
Give it time, you’ll get there
It’s not easy, but over time you can get over having a procrastination problem. Hiring an outside consultant such as myself can help make sure you do. Once you have gotten over this hurdle, you’ll see that your business can greatly improve; you may even get around to those dreams you never had time for in the past.