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.
Let me ask you this: 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?” You take a look at your agenda, and 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.
What Is It?
It goes like this: 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, and never get around to finishing the work that really matters. Or you spend way too much time talking about other topics during the meeting, and when it comes down to shop talk, the meeting’s almost over.
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. Here are some ways to stop it and get motivated!
- Make a “No” List
So you have a list of the things you 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.
- Acknowledge the Cost of Procrastinating
Putting off work may have some nasty consequences on you, your staff, or your business, and you need to be completely aware of them. Think of a task you really need to get done, and what would happen if you postpone it or, even worse, don’t get around addressing it.
Sometimes, 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.
- 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.
- Create a Reward System
Maybe you’re more motivated by the things you can do after you’ve completed your work. In that case, give yourself a small treat for finishing certain tasks.
Give It Time, And You’ll Get There
It’s not easy, but you can get over this procrastination problem. I will make sure that you do. Once you do, you’ll start seeing results in your business, and you may even get around to the things that are truly important that you never took time for in the past.