How does procrastination affect you?
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Can you relate to Thomas Edison’s quote? I know I sure can. Too often I find myself in a situation where I know what to do, how to do it and why it should be done, yet I don’t take action. Instead I think about it some more, or put it off to another day. Fortunately, for me, I am not satisfied when I have things left undone. I push forward and bite the bullet to get things done. I am motivated by getting a lot accomplished every day.
What’s the Hold Up?
Procrastination is described as putting off until tomorrow what you can do today! The solution sounds easy enough… take action today and it won’t be on the list for tomorrow. If only it were that easy!
Procrastination is a habit that is frequently underpinned by many factors, including fear (of success or failure), avoidance (of the task itself, conflict or reality), anxiety, or a lack of clarity (in what you want to achieve or how to get the job done).
Procrastination is an Obstacle You Can Overcome!
Procrastination is a very common occurrence and affects more people than like to admit it. For most people, delaying the inevitable is more of an annoyance or frustration. A bit of awareness and proactive action prevent it from having detrimental effects on productivity. Your “frog” won’t go away until you take action!
Three easy steps you can take today to put procrastination in your rear view mirror.
1. Think Positive
Irrational fears, feelings of inadequacy or overwhelm will fuel your personal “Gremlin” and fill your mind with doubts, reservations or other negative thoughts. The voice of your “Gremlin” can override logical thinking and leads to delayed decisions and/or inaction. When you focus on the positives – “I can”, “I will”, “it’s doable” you create the right mindset to breaking through the procrastination barrier.
2. Know What You Want
Every entrepreneur needs to have a clear vision and goals which become their guiding force. The same is true when you are procrastinating. Procrastination will rear its ugly head when you are confused, unclear or feeling “lost”. Decision making is difficult when you don’t know what you want to achieve or which direction you want to go.
The underpinning of knowing what you want is setting your goals, selection criteria to make it successful, strategies to get you there, and an action plan with the details included to move you forward.
3. Keep Track
Like any habit, you cannot make changes unless you are aware of what you are (or are not) doing, and you take action to make the change happen. A daily journal, like my Business Leadership Journal, is a valuable tool where you can record items that come up, how you handle them, as well as record any tasks or activities you haven’t included in your original action plan. Your journal also helps you think through options, streamline your decision making, identify your feelings and frustrations and stay focused on your goals.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb