Stop procrastinating!

By May 8, 2014Business, Planning
Stop procrastinating

Procrastination is the thief of time ~ Edward Young

Why do we procrastinate? Have you taken on too much and don’t know where to start?  Is the task too hard or do you just not want to do it? The first step to moving forward is to recognise the reason why you are avoiding the task. By identifying the problem, you can find a solution and less procrastination will happen. Below is a list of common sources of procrastination.

Fear of failure

If you worry about the chance of not doing something right, it can be easier to put off trying. You may lack confidence in your ability to tackle the task. However, failure is a stepping-stone to success.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”   ~ Thomas Edison ~

Feeling overwhelmed

You may feel that the task is too big.  Break the task down into smaller chunks so you feel less overwhelmed. Plan how to manage the task.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started

Too busy with other things

Make sure you are realistic about what you can do in a specified time. Allow yourself enough time and energy to take on the task and see it through.

There is no such thing as too busy If you really want something you’ll make time for it. ~ unknown ~

How important is the task?

Prioritize your tasks and make sure you focus on the tasks that matter most. Create deadlines as well as milestones on tasks to motivate progress.

Timing is everything ~ Dan Millman

Lack of focus

Try to remove all distractions and temptations for procrastination so you can focus on the task. Digital distraction is a major cause for procrastination. Checking your social media, emails, browsing the internet can all consume large chunks of time.

 One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.  ~ Daniel Goleman ~

Remember your motivation

Why are you doing the task? How is it part of your life goals?

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Finally

When you realise a task is getting neglected, tell yourself:

  • This isn’t so hard
  • It won’t take long
  • I am sure that I know how to do it, or that I can learn while I’m doing it
  • No one else really cares because they are all so busy with their own problems

By recognising the cause of the procrastination, you can help find a solution. For example, if you are putting off writing a report because you need uninterrupted time free from distractions, check your schedule, block in the time then ignore emails, and let the phone go to voicemail so you don’t get side tracked with other commitments.

By understanding how procrastination works, you can greatly reduce its influence in your life. This creates a greater sense of freedom and personal satisfaction. Just do it! Or if you can’t, delegate or out source it and use your time on tasks you can do.

Dreams don’t work unless you do ~ John C. Maxwell

What tips do you have to avoid procrastination? 

About Caroline

Caroline is a specialist in business creation, growth and change management. Her aim is to empower start-ups and small businesses to drive growth through the development of business ideas, product and service development, strategy and system planning as well as business branding and promotion.

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