Procrastination, there’s a big ugly word for you. It plagues a large number of people. It’s often easier to put something off instead of just doing it. However, the longer you put it off, the longer you have to dread the task when you finally do tackle it. It’s wiser to just do the task and get it over with. You know you will feel better about yourself if you do it, but it’s not always that simple, is it?
Here are some tips to help you bust through procrastination.
1. Decide what’s really important to you. Why do you want something done? If it relates to your business, remember why you started your business, your purpose behind it. If it’s a personal matter, then decide what the advantages of it are.
Maybe you hate pulling weeds out of your flower bed, so you put it off. You know the flowers will grow bigger and strive if the weeds are gone, and it will also be more beautiful. Think about the end result instead of the task at hand. Yes, pulling weeds can be a mundane task. If you think about how pretty the flower bed will be when you’re done, you can let that motivate you to get the job done. Also, try to do the job regularly so the weeds don’t pile up, so to speak. It’s one of those jobs you need to stay on top of so it only takes a few minutes to accomplish instead of a few hours.
The flower bed analogy can be used for other things you need to tackle too. Maybe you’ve let customer emails pile up and need to take care of those, but you keep putting it off. The longer you put it off the more you’ll have to deal with later on. Weed those things out too and then stay on top of it on a regular basis.
Believe it or not, procrastination is a habit just like anything else and if left unchecked it will only get worse. Start taking steps each day to overcome procrastination and get things done.
2. Get focused. Focusing on a task is a good way to help you get it done and stop putting it off. Like mentioned earlier, don’t focus on the mundane tasks it takes to get it done, but instead focus on the end result. Focus on what you’ll have accomplished once it’s done.
Having focus is a major key to success. Maybe you aren’t trying to build a large business or an empire, but you do want to successfully master your procrastination habits. Being focused will help you achieve this.
3. Determine that you are going to change your procrastination habit. Once you determine that you can do this, it becomes easier to start tackling the things you put off. You also need to start creating new, better habits, like the habit of getting things done quickly.
Just like anything else you want to improve life, changing bad habits will take time and effort. Procrastination doesn’t need to plague you unless you allow it. There’s an old saying that if you want to get something done, give the job to a busy person. These are people who have mastered procrastination and get things done. You can be one of those people if you choose to.
Where does procrastination show up in your life? Leave a comment, I read them all.