In this blog post, I will share 8 ways that you stop procrastinating and get things done in your biz
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Procrastinating can be fun. Until it’s not! It can dent your confidence, where you keep putting things off and not achieving what you want to achieve.
I do think there are positives to procrastination too though. What I mean by that is sometimes you’ll be procrastinating because you don’t have all of the information you need, or the timing isn’t right etc. This blog isn’t about that! This is about not doing the things you’re meant to be doing. I’m going to share a few ways to beat your procrastination.
This is a little list intentionally. If you’re a procrastinator giving you yet more to read or learn isn’t going to help you crack the habit of procrastinating!
- Clear Your Energy Drainers
There are things in life that we tolerate, we let them build up. It might be a blown light bulb, a shredding bin that needs emptying, some paperwork etc. Each time we see this pile or list of jobs to do it can drain our energy. It also has quite a powerful impact on how we feel about ourselves. If we can’t achieve the simplest of things then why would we even bother trying the bigger stuff?
Write a list of the top things you are putting off and work through them one by one. Your confidence will grow as you achieve them.
- Don’t Over-Think It (Less Time Thinking, More Time Doing)
This is pretty straightforward – don’t over-think it. I’ve just finished the book, ‘The 5 Second Rule’ by Mel Robbins. She has a fabulously simple little strategy of counting down from 5 to 1 and on 1 doing that thing you’re putting off. It helps you get loads done! (Read her book for more info)
We spend so much time thinking about tasks that need doing and yet put them off. Less thinking, more doing = more time doing the things you love.
- Eat Your Frog
As Brian Tracy says in his book of the same name. Get the big jobs (that one you know you’re totally going to put off) out of the way – it makes the day way more fun.
- Most Important Tasks
Set yourself up for success.
Set your top Most Important Tasks for the Day or MIT’s (I first learned this from Leonie Dawson, I think it might be from Stephen Covey originally, I’m not sure)
- Use the Pomodoro Technique (Check Out This Link For More Info)
Set a timer for 25 minutes to see what you can achieve. Break down the task (Pomodoro) (set a 15/25-minute timer, put in 100% effort on that task. When the timer goes off, put it away – just take one step at a time).
- Don’t Wait For Perfect (I know, this one is tough if you’re a perfectionist)
Sometimes you just need to take a risk and put it out there. Remember mistakes are ok. There will also be mistakes that you make but it’s how you learn from those mistakes and what you do differently next time that will make all the difference.
Often the fear of it not being perfect can result in procrastination. There is debate about this but I know certainly for me I put off things because by not putting them out there means I can’t get it wrong. I’m a work in progress.
Choose a ‘have a go’ attitude.
- Give Yourself Permission
You need to give yourself permission to make mistakes. If someone else made that mistake we would encourage them to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and try again – we ‘give them permission’. Not so easy when it’s you, I know.
- Give yourself permission to be you
- Give yourself permission to change your mind and go in a completely different direction
- Give yourself permission to be happy
If you have learnt something from the mistake and want to keep going that’s great – but conversely if it’s really making you unhappy then it’s ok to give yourself permission to change your mind!
- Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously
- Lighten up!
- Take responsibility for your own life
- How can you bring more fun into your life?
Call To Action: I’ve shared lots of different ways to stop procrastinating. Now go and eat that frog!
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