Procrastination the art of doing something other than the something you were supposed to be doing. Why just in preparation for this blog I’ve mopped the floor, cut the lawn and contemplated hanging some pictures that have been hiding behind the couch for the last year. But has this helped me write this blog, no it hasn’t. Instead I have wasted time doing things that are unimportant forcing myself into a corner to meet a deadline. Am I a professional procrastinator, most probably?
Take entrepreneurs, busy people with lots to do, little or no staff and severe lack of time. They should have zero tolerance for procrastination as the implications could impede success, cause unnecessary unhappiness and potential loss of business. But how can it be avoided. I have compiled a list of quotes and provided ways to avoid them becoming your reality.
Simple advice for this give your tasks an end time or date, organise them into priorities and don’t put off jobs that need doing today until tomorrow. Putting off tasks, decisions and actions will only produce more stress. Take your VAT or end of year accounts these must be done. Therefore, you can’t escape them so the sooner you finish the sooner you can free up your mind to focus on something else.
To do anything other than the task at hand is an art form. To avoid falling into the trap get prepared the day before. Compile a to do list for tomorrow today. Spend time at the end of each working day to outline tomorrows actions so you can plan. Your mind will awaken prepared for the actions at hand and you will be taking procrastination head on before it can unexpectedly creep into your day.
An opportunity missed could be down to procrastination. If you’ve missed an opportunity ask yourself “what can you do about it now”, most probably nothing. Besides what’s meant to be is meant to be right, so let it go. Giving a missed opportunity, your attention could be the doorway for procrastination to come in and make you miss a better opportunity. Instead focus on new opportunities not on the ones that have been missed.
Don’t give procrastination a chance. You will know when you begin to feel unsettled, distracted or are unable to focus on the task at hand. Sitting staring at your computer whilst experiencing a brain freeze will only make you procrastinate further and make you more frustrated. So, go for a walk or do some exercise and come back to the task when your mind is more up for it. Giving your brain and body time out could save it from wasting energy procrastinating.
Task + procrastination = delay. It’s a bit like walking through treacle, you use up a lot of effort and brain power and get nowhere. You’re unlikely to walk through treacle whilst working for yourself but a customer delay could result in you not getting paid. So, if you are prone to being a procrastinator then factor this into your schedule.
Working from home gives opportunity to procrastination as temptation is all around. If you procrastinate too much working from home then change your surroundings or work from somewhere else. The beauty of working for yourself means you can find the hours and the best place to work shutting the door on procrastination.
Simple steps can help you banish procrastination. So, why not try it today or at the very least give it a go tomorrow.