We’ve all done it…. Put off a project that we are dreading doing for something that we absolutely don’t have to do. Procrastination… a habit we all seem to make time for every now and again.
So how do we stop it? Is there a way to break the cycle of procrastinating on projects? The great news is yes!! Here’s some great tips to get us all started down this path:
Remember that Done is Better than Perfect
Sometimes we hesitate to do something because we don’t feel we are ready to get it “just right” or perfect. Let’s be honest, we’re never going to get it perfect. In someone eyes, if not our own, there is always going to be something more or better we could do with a project. The most important thing is just to jump in it and do it. There’s no better way to get things done than to already be working on them. Momentum is a wonderful thing. So… just start and let the momentum grab you up!
Notice Where You Stop
Pay close attention to what stops you on a project. Is it the research? The phone calls? The writing? If you can pinpoint precisely where this point is, you can prepare yourself for this roadblock. Or, perhaps it’s something you can delegate to someone else. If it’s distractions that are pulling away your attention, remove them. Or, decide you have to make xx amount of progress before you will set aside some time for that distraction
Hold Yourself Accountable
Don’t just set goals, but tell your friends about them. There’s no better way to hold yourself accountable to your goals than there is to make them widely known. If you want, go one step further and promise someone if you don’t hit that goal that you will do something you really don’t want to do (i.e. wash their car weekly).
We often spread out projects to fit the time we are allotted. Instead, figure out how much time the project really takes and allot that amount of time for it. Use the extra time for fun activities and most of all, not worrying about the project!l Then, when the time comes to fit in the project, own like a boss!
How do you do with Procrastination?
Rock star? Rebel? Somewhere in between?