Overcoming Procrastination

Since I can remember I’ve been the queen of procrastination. I pulled all nighters writing papers the night before they were due in high school, crammed the night before exams in college and even screeched in with completed projects right at the deadline at work. I always told myself I worked better under pressure and in some circumstances I do. But, being a busy mompreneur, procrastination is my worst enemy. I can’t afford to wait until the last minute when my business is at stake and neither do you.

Procrastination is crippling to you, your business and your goals. And while many of us know this we continue to do it anyway. Hopefully, once you figure out why you’re procrastinating you’ll be able to resolve the reasoning behind it and put an end to procrastination.

  1. FEAR. Whether it is the fear of failure or of the unknown fear is one of the top reasons for procrastination. We are so overcome by thoughts of not getting the results we desire and or failing all together we psych ourselves out of accomplishing great things. We make excuses about not having enough time  or money when the reality is we’re just afraid to try. My suggestion is simply this, remember, it is very easy to stay in the place you’re in. But if you stay there, you’ll never fulfil your purpose. Everyone, has something to offer that no one else can. Don’t deprive the world of your greatness just because you’re afraid.
  2.  Lack of motivation. Lack of motivation can stem from various things. The task that needs to be completed maybe something undesirable like taxes, data entry…or folding the laundry. Whatever the task, if it is something we don’t enjoy doing it can be difficult to motivate yourself to do it. This is an easy fix. OUTSOURCE it. Hire a virtual assistant to take on those essential tasks that you  find dreadful. You’ll save time and money letting a professional do it. Now, Another reason you may lack motivation could be due to depression. Depression is a serious health condition which can be debilitating and cause procrasitionation. Some people have minor bouts of depression due to life changes, season changes (e.g. You fell sad or depressed in winter because it gets dark earlier and our body lacks vitamin D or when its raining and gloomy outside.) But if you feel this way on a consistent basis talk to your doctor for help.
  3. Lack of energy. I always say success in business is holistic. You have to be healthy mentally, spiritually and physically. If you are low on energy you may need to increase your physical activity. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise daily. Exercise increases your energy levels and helps keep you healthy. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure your getting the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need to help you focus and be productive.
  4. Not knowing how to start. Blogging is fairly new for me. While I enjoy writing and I know I have useful information to share, sometimes it’s hard to articulate what I want to say or I can’t think of good content to provide. I stare at my comuter and then after about 10 minutes I close the laptop and write nothing. I don’t know what to say or how to get started on the topic I want to present. So I say I’ll come back to it later and later is often WAY later. My point is, procrastination can easily sneak in when we don’t know how to do something. Sometimes it helps to walk away and work on something else but if you just don’t know where to start chances are you won’t know later either. Do some research. Take a poll on social media to get ideas. Seek help from a mentor or colleague in the business.
Procrastination is an easy habit to develop but harder one to break. Figure out why you’re procrastinating and it becomes much easier. Don’t get overwhelmed or frustrated. We have all done it and will do it again at some point. The key is not to make procrastination a staple in your life or your business.

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