Procrastination can get out of hand when it comes to running our own businesses or even when it comes to personal tasks, like doing our laundry (guilty;). When we don't have a big boss telling us what to do and breathing down our necks to get it done, we tend to put off tasks we aren't exactly excited about, that aren't absolutely necessary or ones that scare us a bit. Here are a few tips to help lessen or eliminate procrastination from your life.
BREAK IT DOWN
Chances are you're putting it off because you think it's bigger, harder or scarier than it actually is. Take the task at hand and break it down into mini tasks. If cold calling 5 businesses has been on your to-do list for the past month, write it down on a piece of paper and list each step you'll need to take to get it done (ie: make a list of 5 businesses, gather their phone numbers, decide on what you want to say, call the businesses).
If you need to, cross just 1 of these tasks off your to-do list per day. If you're feeling motivated, work your way through more than 1 item. Usually once you get started on the task, it's not as bad as you were making it out to be and you actually want to work on it.
GET IT OVER WITH
Make the task you're dreading the most, the first thing you do that day. When we push it to the back, it's like a dark cloud that shadows the rest of our day and that feeling of dread just builds and builds. Usually we run out of time or make an excuse as to why we can't do it in the afternoon and it gets pushed aside once again.
Decide that after you finish the task you've been procrastinating, you can have your cup of morning coffee or go out for a walk. You'll have something to look forward to and the sense of accomplishment will set you up for a great day.
Put yourself in a room where the usual culprits that lead to procrastination won’t distract you. Facebook, Twitter, email, cell phone, television, etc. Make a pact with yourself to set these things aside or not check them for at least the first hour of the day.
If they're not crucial to your business during the day, then set aside time on your lunch hour or after dinner to use them. If they are things you use throughout your work day, then set aside time slots for each one and stick to it. Turn off the notifications you get to your phone as they make it hard to stay away when you know there's a message waiting for you.
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