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Every small business owner I know is looking for ways to avoid procrastination.

Procrastination is something that every small business owner I know experiences, and it makes them feel stuck, frustrated and trapped.

They all want to learn the secrets on how to not procrastinate so they can move their business forward and feel positive about what they’ve achieved each day.

Procrastination has many faces.

Sometimes it’s simply choosing pleasure over discipline. Sometimes it’s an attempt to avoid something negative. And sometimes it’s getting paralysed by overwhelming goals that we’ve set for ourselves.

Therefore, here are six powerful ways to avoid procrastination and get more motivated and take action on what’s most important to you:

 1. Get clear on your goals

You can’t get focused on your most productive work if you’re not clear on the outcomes you want to achieve.

It’s easier to avoid procrastination if you feel energised and excited about the work you’re doing.

Start by laying out five specific, measurable goals you want to achieve in the next 90 days.

Then come back to today, and lay out the first action step you want to take for each of the five goals.

2. Set specific deadlines

It’s easy to get trapped in a cycle of should do or I’ll do it someday.

To avoid procrastination, you need to set specific dates to complete goals, projects or tasks.

If there is no deadline attached to the work you’re doing, you will procrastinate and put it off.

If there is no excitement or energy to the work you’re doing, then it will be put off in favour of activities that you enjoy far more.

Get in the habit of setting deadlines, be that daily, weekly, monthly or having 90 day goals

3. Remove distractions

It’s important to rid yourself of all potential disruptions before you begin working so your most important projects.

Otherwise it’s very easy to get distracted, whether that’s people, social media notifications or other stimuli.

If you find your environment is not conducive to getting things done, avoid procrastination by changing things up.

Work in a coffee shops, in a park or anywhere else where you the space and time to be distraction-free.  

4. Work in time blocks

 If you want a fantastic habit that will show you how to not procrastinate, learn to work in time blocks.

You can use a Pomodoro or some other platform or app that allows you to track time.

I use the 60-60-30 method to help me avoid procrastination.

Decide on an important project or task to work one.

Set your timer for fifty minutes and work until the timer goes off.

Then take a ten-minute break.

Work for a further fifty minutes and then take a further ten-minute break.

Then take a thirty-minute break to recuperate.  Go for a walk, have some lunch, talk to a friend, whatever works.

Then start the process again with the same task or new task.

This simple productivity habit will reduce procrastination and help you stay focused.

5. Take more breaks

A key part of time blocking is taking lots of breaks.

Whatever you’re doing it’s essential to take lots of breaks from the work you’re doing.

Taking breaks keeps you energised and focused, and ensures you don’t procrastinate because you have no energy or are fatigued..

6. Avoid procrastination: find an accountability partner

For many people working alone, true accountability is hard to achieve.

You have so many things you think you should do, or people have suggested you should do, which makes it easy to go down rabbit holes that take you further away from your goals.

To avoid procrastination, find someone to hold you accountable, cheer you on, motivate you and inspire you.

They will also help you stop procrastinating.

It’s beneficial to have someone as an accountability partner, whether it be a coach, mentor or close friend, who will hold you accountable without succumbing to your excuses.

Their purpose is to give you clarity and focus on the road you’re travelling on.  And ensure you don’t procrastinate.

They can help you stop procrastinating, keep you energised and ensure you get over the finish line.

Related:

5 Simple Ways to Overcome Procrastination

How to Stop Procrastinating in 7 Steps

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About the Author Mark Pettit is a leading 1:1 business coach to ambitious entrepreneurs who want to free themselves up to jump to the next level of time freedom and business growth. He is the founder of Lucemi Consulting, a coaching and consulting company. Visionary, creative, and generous, he is a hero to entrepreneurs seeking to work less, do more of what they love and multiply their revenue and profits. www.lucemiconsulting.co.uk
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