6 Steps How To Overcome Procrastination
Procrastination is one of those things that we have either learned how to overcome or we have let it rule our lives and stop us from doing the things we know we are meant to do.
So today I want to talk about How to Overcome Procrastination. When it comes down to it there are many ways to overcome procrastination but these 6 are the ones that have helped me.
1. Set precise definitive goals
We are all guilty of setting goals in our heads or just letting people know that we have goals, like make more money, have a nicer house, help my family. The thing we don't do is write them down in a precise manner with precise step on how to get them.
If you don’t know where you're going, how are you going to get there? Set clear, definitive goals. Your goals should be specific, measurable, and time-bound (i.e., have a clear completion date and/or time.) The key is then to stick to what you have laid out. This is the first step to overcoming procrastination.
2. Eliminate any and all distractions
- Turn off all electronic alarms for email, SMS, etc.
- Log off your email account
- If working on your computer, have just one program or browser tab open – unless your work requires research & multiple tabs
- Close the door
- Ditch the iPod, iTunes, and anything else that'll distract you
…and so forth. In short, reduce the number of potential distractions so you can FOCUS.
3. Stop using Excuses
There so many excuses why we shouldn't do something. We may be worried on what others may think if we screw it up. It may be just fear itself. Instead of letting all your excuses cause you to not complete anything, understand that you will be much more disappointed if you don't overcome your procrastination by making excuses.
4. Don't lie to yourself or others
Sometimes we’ll tell ourselves little lies like, “I’ll be much better equipped to jump on this early tomorrow morning,” or “There’s not enough pressure on me to do this now – I'll wait till tomorrow, or the day after.” All we accomplish when we lie to ourselves like this is to waste our best resource – time. This is very much akin to making excuses. The difference here is that we have chosen to lie to ourselves to justify our procrastination and the quilt that comes along with it.
5. Break it down into a daily task
One of the oldest axioms out there, but it’s true: How do you eat an elephant, One Bite At A Time. You may have a goal of recruiting 60 people over the next year. If we break that down it becomes 12 each month and then down to 3 each week.
We can then establish how many people we need to talk to on a daily basis so we can recruit 3 a week. It reduces the larger goal into a number of smaller milestones along the way.
6. Do it NOW!
So now that you seen what the first 5 steps are to overcoming procrastination, now it comes to the final step and the most important. Just Do It! Procrastination will continue to dominate your life until you take ACTION to conquer it.
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I would love to hear how you have conquered procrastination in your life and your business. Let me know in the comments below and tell us what methods you used.
I'm sure your team and others would get great value from hearing others that have gone through this process.
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