Five ways to be proactive about procrastination

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Getting started can be hard sometimes. Unfortunately, procrastination can be easy. I’m sure you can agree.

The average worker wastes over two hours a day on activities not directly related to their jobs.

How much time does the average entrepreneur like you waste if employees in supervised environments waste that much time? You don’t have a boss except yourself.

Why do people procrastinate?

Some people put things off until the last minute and then depend on the adrenaline rush that 11th-hour heroics kicks in. And, when this happens, the results may not be as good as they could have been if they had more time.

Procrastination can limit your business success.

But what gets people to this point? What causes people to procrastinate?

Some of the reasons for procrastination are:

  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of criticism
  • Avoidance
  • Low self-esteem
  • A tendency to self-defeat
  • Trouble focusing
  • Resisting challenges
  • Decision fatigue
  • Difficulty defining goals

Do you procrastinate? If so, which of the above reasons keeps you from moving forward in an easy gentle way? Imagine overcoming your procrastinating and enjoying your success knowing that you have given your clients your absolute best!

Tips to overcome procrastination

1. Is the task worth more than procrastinating?

What is the personal or monetary value of the activity that you are avoiding? Is putting off updating your website or adding a new blog post costing you money? Probably not, but if you are selling products, not updating your e-commerce site could cost you money.

Not making that sales call or attending that networking meeting could cost you money and hurt your business.

2. Create a schedule and stick to it

Sometimes a project can appear to be overwhelming, and getting started is hard. Project manage it. Chunk it down into manageable tasks, and it will be easier to get started. If there is a lot to do, online project management tools such as Asana can be beneficial.

3. Be realistic when setting your goals. 

Don’t give yourself too much or too little time to get the job done. Giving yourself too much time to get something completed can cause you to put things off until too late because you have so much time. Not giving yourself enough time can cause you to rush, possibly makes mistakes, and not be the best you can be.

4. Reward Yourself When You Reach Your Goals

Did you get that proposal off to that potential client on time? Fabulous – give yourself a treat. Buy that new novel you’ve wanted to read. Get a massage or manicure.

5. Address and resolve the reasons why you procrastinate

Whether it’s perfectionism, fear of failure, or lack of self-esteem, or any of the reasons listed above, or if there is a reason why you procrastinate that you are not even aware of, find a way to overcome it.

As a success accelerator and certified hypnotist, I specialize in helping entrepreneurs move through those reasons at a deeper level. Together we can reprogram those unwanted ways of thinking so that procrastination becomes a thing of the past.

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Are you ready to make procrastination history? Don’t procrastinate. Book your free inquiry call. We can then discuss how hypnosis can help you be the success you want and deserve to be. It could be the call that launches your business forward!

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