Stop Procrastination… Now, Not Tomorrow!

Stop Procrastination… Now, Not Tomorrow!

 

 

This month’s newsletter is about learning how to overcome the urge to procrastinate with all the distractions around us while working from home, running, and scaling a business.

My clients and prospective clients come to me with big ideas or projects they want to tackle practically every day.

Some are overflowing with excitement – others with concern. Some of them jump right in and others seem to find themselves at a standstill. Either way, we’ve all been culpable of a certain thorn in the side every now and then called “Procrastination”.

I think this stems from perceptions that the project may be challenging, expensive, or even confusing, whatever the specifics are… the key word in all of this is perception, not reality.

My specific method of procrastination happens to be… over analyzing, excessive organizing, attention to detail, and let’s not forget binge watching a great TV series while eating toffee peanuts (🤫our little secret).

The question is… How can we get moving when stalled on a new project? 

 

Here are a few tactics that have worked for me

 

Know what you need to know and what you don’t know.

There are some projects where it is essential to understand exactly how some things are set up. There are others where you only need to know enough to keep things going. Take setting up an email newsletter, for example. If setting up Mailchimp, MailerLite or Constant Contact is not an innate process for you or you’re wasting a bunch of hours doing something you do not love, let someone else do the initial set up for you. You can handle it monthly after that, even if you were not the one to build it out initially.

Ask the Question:  What Other Information Do You Need?

Sometimes we need to do our research before getting started with a project and other times we already have all the information we need. When needing more information during the process, decide specifically what that is and map out a plan to get what you need. Once you have everything, look at it all together so you can see the big picture of the project… feel your confidence rise.

Don’t ask for too many opinions.

It is nice to have the support of family and friends – Before asking for their input, ask yourself how much they really know about the decision you’re trying to make. For example, when it comes to logo design, trust a good designer, not a friend because they are good with colors (even though he or she may have strong opinions). When you are researching and trying to choose software to run your business, it is ok to listen to others who have made these same decisions before for their business.

Did you know – Asking for “a bunch” of different opinions and input can be a form of procrastination?

Break the project down into categories.

Re-designing your website can seem like a huge task at the beginning – and it is! But if you break it down, you will see more manageable chunks of your work. Design your website one page at a time, starting with the homepage, then make a list of all the other pages you would like to include along with everything you want to put on each of those pages – things like which social media icons to connect, a head shot of yourself, testimonials from clients, a link to your calendar, etc. The point is to be as specific as you want to be with your website.

If this truly is too much for you at first – start with a Landing Page > 1 page Website.

Don’t try to keep the details all in your head – write them down.

When you don’t have a written plan, you can spend tireless hours turning the wheels in your head, constantly going back and forth trying to remember what you have done and what to do next. “I have been guilty of this myself”! Spend time up front writing a detailed plan out so that you can see the vision in its entirety for projects and ideas, look at the working parts and figure out where the hiccups or barrier may pop up. This will save you a lot of time and unnecessary work as you continue forward.

Leave perfectionism behind.

It’s better to get started and improve the work to have done rather than wait until you have every detail just right to start. This is a common mistake for business owners when they have new ideas. This provides the opportunity to learn as you go, ask questions, and continue making things better over time. Businesses evolve all the time – so develop the improvement muscle and allow yourself to stay current with what your business needs.

It does not have to be perfect to start… you just have to start and see what you get.

Overall, we know the hardest part of any new project is getting started. Apply these 6 simple concepts and put the procrastination away!

 

Additional Procrastination Tips

 

Useful Applications, Items, or Quotes:

Digital Notebook

I found an amazing way to keep it all together, record/manage my projects, organize my tasks, jot down business ideas and notes, and so much more — All in one place

Product Name:  Rocket-book Smart Reusable Notebook

 

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Record and save all things from calendars, assignments, timelines, productivity metrics, quick notes and reminders, organize projects, and testimonials, then erase and start again. Take with you everywhere you go and never forget a thing… write it down and save for later!

Check out the Reusable Rocket-Book Smart Notebook here.

Reply and tell me how you use your Reusable Rocket-Book Smart Notebook.

 

 

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4 Replies to “Stop Procrastination… Now, Not Tomorrow!”

  1. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you ought to publish more about this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but typically people dont speak about such issues. To the next! Many thanks!!

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