Many entrepreneurs I speak to are looking at how to stop procrastinating.
In your business, do you sometime feel stuck and can’t stay engaged, focused and excited with what you’re working on?
Are you looking for ways to overcome procrastination and get clarity on the best use of your time?
You try to move forward but you can’t seem to motivate yourself to take action. Does this sound familiar?
It happens to most entrepreneurs at some point. It is a paralysing trap that can affect us both mentally and physically.
Having coached many entrepreneurs and leaders I’ve found the quickest method to stop procrastinating and into action is to go under the bonnet.
To understand the reasons you’re there in the first place.
There are many reasons you want to stop procrastinating.
In this article I share 7 ways to get unstuck and overcome procrastination so you can take action on building and growing your business.
Stop Chasing an Impossible Ideal
When we set goals for ourselves and our business we build a picture of what our ideal future looks like and then set goals and actions to help get us there.
Two things then come into play.
Firstly, we set up ideals that are often so far ahead from where they are right now that feel impossible to achieve.
This future ideal has been set up without really thinking about them, without really being engaged and inspired by getting to this ideal.
There is no preparation, no thinking about what might need to happen to reach this ideal so we start avoiding even trying.
The second thing that comes into play, if you’re not careful, is that your ideal gets further and further away.
Let me explain. If you are always measuring your progress against achieving your ideal you’ll never be happy.
Your ideal will always be in front of you – which will cause you to stop and not make any forward progress.
But, this can be rectified to help you overcome procrastination . Start measuring your progress from the present day back to where you started from you’ll see how much progress you’ve actually made.
This will increase your confidence and your capability to reach for bigger and bigger goals.
Rather than being self-critical, you’ll feel happier with the progress you’ve made.
You’ll feel more energised to set new goals to reach towards rather than constantly chasing some ideal in the future.
Stop Thinking That Nothing is Ever Good Enough
Perfectionism and Always Comparing can create instant paralysis in your business.
I’ll start with what I call comparison syndrome.
If you spend a lot of time across social media you are bound to be inundated with stories and images of how peers and friends are ‘succeeding’
They may have more friends, connection, followers than you.
They may be reporting making more money or doing this or that, which can naturally cause you to compare their circumstances with yours.
The thing is, you have no idea what’s happening ‘back stage’.
You don’t know about their life or the real performance of their business.
To overcome procrastination don’t compare. Stay on your own path.
Celebrate every success you have and step back and express gratitude for what you’ve achieved once in a while.
Set Specific Measurable Goals
If you don’t have clarity around your future direction and have specific, measurable goals to work towards you are far more liable to procrastinate.
Not knowing what to do next, what path to follow, can leave you feeling confused, stuck and powerless which creates procrastination.
Instead set out ambitious but realistic goals that include your objectives and some concrete ways to reach them.
I work with my clients on 3 Year and 90 Days Goals.
This gives them something specific to work towards, creates focus, builds confidence and increases capability.
If you have no clear destination, don’t be surprised if you can’t seem to build any momentum.
To get started, set 5 specific, measurable goals you want to achieve in the next 90 Days.
Identify Your Bigger Purpose
Motivation and confidence matter. There are plenty of ways to increase your productivity. Here are a few examples of how you can do it:
If you’re not clear why you’re doing what you’re doing – what your purpose is, than it can be very easy to get stuck.
When you know what you’re trying to achieve and understand the difference it will make in your life, and the reason for doing it.
That way, it is far easier to be emotionally engaged.
This emotional engagement will motivate you to take the next step towards achieving your goals.
When you get stuck, step back and ask yourself, “Why do I want to reach this goal again?” and write down your reasons.
Is it about more freedom, to make more money, to feel a sense of accomplishment, to take more time off etc
Whatever your key motivations, when you find yourself dragging your feet, stop to remind yourself why you wanted to do this in the first place.
Reconnecting with your purpose will always help.
Get Clarity on Your Action Steps
Goals can be big things that are going to take a lot of time and effort over time to accomplish.
People can get stuck focusing on the enormity of it. To get to your goals, focus instead on the steps that you’ll need to take to get there.
That’s why I always suggest setting only 5 goals to achieve in the next 90 Days.
To get more clarity explore the dangers that will stop you reaching your goals.
Look at the opportunities that are in front of you and the strengths you currently have that can be maximised.
The trick is to cut the bigger goals into enough projects and action steps that feel achievable to eliminate the fear you may feel just getting started.
Cut Back Your Task List
If you only have a small number of goals to work towards, this will automatically reduce the number of tasks you have to work on.
If left unchecked, the whirlwind of activity in your mind and life will constantly distract you from reaching your goals.
It creates more and more complexity which means it harder to get clarity on your next steps.
The key is to simplify, and then simplify some more.
I coach clients to focus on their 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) each day.
Focus on three and only three, you have to filter your tasks and eliminate, automate, or delegate everything that is outside your most important tasks.
You can have a small list of non-essential tasks that can be handled at the beginning or the end of the workday or worked on together.
Build In More Accountability
When you feel confused, isolated or powerless it can be difficult to have clarity on where you should spend your time and what you should do next.
Accountability is essential for goal success.
Accountability comes in a number of forms – peer group, fiends, accountability partner, mastermind group, mentor or coach.
The bottom line is you need someone who will hold you accountable without succumbing any excuses.
Their purpose can be as a sounding board, to push you and motivate you, to remind you of the road you set out on, and why getting over the finish line will be worth it.
What’s one area in which you’ve been procrastinating lately?
About The Author
Mark Pettit helps successful entrepreneurs free up their time so they can achieve bigger goals faster, do more of what they love and expand their freedom.
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