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How to overcome procrastination in order to grow your business?
Most entrepreneurs know that procrastination has no place in business. And most often, we don’t shake the bad habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. Many business owners unintentionally sabotage their own business as a result of procrastinating.
Everyone has experienced procrastination before, but it’s hard to say where it comes from and how to stop it. But since procrastination slows down your productivity and keeps you from reaching your goals, it’s definitely worth fighting. So, why are we procrastinating and how can it be stopped? In this article, we will give you some tips on how to battle procrastination so that you can move your business in the right direction.
1.Break down your project into small manageable tasks.
To stop procrastinating, you need to break down your one big goal into small manageable tasks that take a few hours or days to complete. You can write down your tasks on a piece of paper or use a free visual board like Trello. This is one of the most popular and easy to use tools for getting organized. At MY NU WAYS! Business we will keep on repeating to you: Visualise, Vusualise, Visualise! This is key to success. Visualising, like using the white boards, sticky notes, excel spreadsheets etc. Will help you face the situation and see how bad or good it is.
So, let’s say you’re ready to start breaking down your new project into its component tasks. Start by identifying all your tasks: write down everything important that springs to mind, focusing on the required result, and working backward to figure out everything that’s necessary to get you through a successful project strategy.
Take this list and pass it to someone you’re working with on the project and/or someone who’s familiar with the overall goal. They might be able to point out some steps you’ve missed, or note that you’ve accidentally doubled-up on particular steps. They can also screen the list for big actions that need to be broken down further.
2. Commit to Building Better Habits.
Like smoking, overeating, or biting your fingernails, procrastination is a bad habit. You do it unthinkingly—even though you’d prefer not to. Because it’s habitual, you’ll have to work hard to change it. It’s a big commitment to build new habits. Popular wisdom is that it takes 21 days to build a habit. The truth is a harder pill to swallow. Scientific research shows that it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. Building good habits boils down to lifestyle choices. And one of the best ways to change your lifestyle is by improving your daily routine. Map out your day and integrate healthy practices where they make sense.
For instance, have a glass of water with lemon (or without!) when you wake up. Take a restorative nap on your lunch break. And take a quiet walk in the evenings. Make sure that the practices you choose are realistic and healthy.
3. Treat yourself…after you meet a goal.
Connecting activities you don’t like with ones you enjoy is a great way to stop procrastinating and get things done. You can reward yourself with your favorite music, game, TV show or video. However, don’t push yourself to be perfect. If you’re meeting most of your goals, you’re well on your way to building a successful business.
4. Use the “2-Minute Rule”.
Another great tip to help you stop procrastinating is to start using the “2-Minute Rule”. James Clear, the author of the New York Times bestselling book Atomic Habits, has been using the 2-Minute Rule to help himself break the bad habit of procrastination and he claims that not only does it work but it’s also incredibly easy to implement and use.
The 2-Minute Rule states “When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.” Whether you want to stop procrastinating and start organizing your closet, read more books, learn a new skill, etc., you can use the 2-Minute Rule to give you the push you need to start. Any task can be broken down in 2 minutes, for example, if you want to stop procrastinating and fold that pile of laundry, fold one pair of socks. Want to start reading? Read one page. The 2-Minute Rule makes it super easy to start the task you want to accomplish and works as a gateway that naturally leads you down a more productive path.
Before you can overcome procrastination, you actually have to start the action, which the 2-Minute Rule will help you do. Then after making the 2-Minute rule part of your daily ritual, the easier it will become to focus and finish the entire task.
Procrastination can be hard to beat but now that you have these tips in your back pocket, you’ll be able to crush your to-do list and beyond. And don’t forget, you can pass on these tips to a coworker or two and turn your entire office into a productivity powerhouse. Do you need more guidance in building your business and achieving the life you dream of? We help Small Business Owners, Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs, Freelancer & Sole Traders to achieve what they want in their business and personal lives! Click here to learn more about our programs!