Working with entrepreneurs, I often get questions from people about how to stop procrastinating. There are no simple answers because there are several reasons why you might procrastinate, and it is essential to understand the underlying energetic component and limiting beliefs if you want to resolve the issue.
First of all, procrastinating solves a problem:
It protects us from our fears.
We delay completing a project because we are afraid of facing failure.
We delay pursuing that business idea because we are afraid of facing criticism.
We delay working on the assignment because our perfectionism makes us afraid our work is not good enough.
Procrastination protects us from criticism, judgment, possible failure, or even from success. Procrastination keeps us safe from our fears.
So, before you can eliminate procrastination, you need to identify the specific fears that cause you to choose procrastination over your happiness, success, and abundance.
The five tips to kick procrastination:
When we push tasks to the end of the day, it takes a toll on our energy. Stressing for hours about the work we are procrastinating on affects all the other tasks on our list. So next time you are scheduling, make sure to start out with the most undesirable job on your list; it may not necessarily be the largest one, but it should be the one you are dreading the most. If you accomplish this work early in the day, you will feel energized and productive.
We tend to get overwhelmed when a giant project looms ahead of us. We do not know where to start or what to do first. Keep in mind that forests are made up of individual trees. Though you may not be able to take down a whole forest at once, you could indeed start with one tree (or even a branch). Commit to complete a small step each day, and you will find the task becoming less and less daunting with each new task that you accomplish.
There’s an old trick of setting a timer for ten minutes to stimulate productivity. When you race the clock for that short period, you will likely find you become engrossed in your tasks and continue working. Seeing what you can accomplish in ten minutes when you put your mind to it is quite motivating!
Create a detailed timeline with specific deadlines. Having just one deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That is because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back until it is too late. Break down your project then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a particular date
If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that is because you make it easy to procrastinate. Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time, disable the automatic notification option in your email. Get rid of the distractions around you. I know some people will out of the way and delete/deactivate their Facebook accounts. I think it is a little drastic/extreme because addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions, but if you feel that is what’s needed, go for it.
If you would like some help resolving your procrastination, I am here to help you. Just contact me to schedule a complimentary assessment conversation.
Stephenie Farrell, Empowerment Coach and Wellness Expert, offers a unique one-on-one coaching process designed to inspire, empower and support you in becoming your personal and professional best. She lives in Ontario, Canada and serves people worldwide. Visit her on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and Youtube or check out her radio show “Clarity. Power. Results.” on iTunes http://www.stepheniefarrell.com/itunes.