It’s great to be your own boss. You can work whenever and wherever you want.
The problem is that since often we have an unlimited amount of time to do something, we will not take any action until we really have to.
Jen Sincero said that “if you feel like you have all the time in the world to do something, you will take all the time in the world. If you have twenty minutes, the task will take you twenty minutes.”
Procrastination will end your business. When you are employed by someone, you will still get paid, regardless of your performance. But when you own a business, you will struggle whenever you can not deliver what you are meant to deliver.
But it’s easy to say that you should stop procrastinating. It’s easy to say that you should not wait until tomorrow.
What can you actually do?
Have No Choice
If you have an unlimited amount of time to do something, you will not do it immediately.
If somebody is chasing you and you need to survive, you keep running, regardless of how tired you are.
And that’s a feeling that you need in business. You need to create urgency.
In every business, you need to be in a mindset that you have to succeed. And that’s a common problem when it comes to managing a business. When you are making a steady income, you are comfortable where you are and with what you earn.
You could be achieving more, but that requires extra effort. It also requires you to get out of your comfort zone. Our brain is designed to survive therefore comfort will always seem more appealing.
If you have to take action right now, you will. Without urgency, you will not take any action until you really have to.
Tell someone that you will call them in 15 minutes. Tell your publisher that you will be sending a draft to them today. Tell your supplier that you will send your design tomorrow. That creates urgency. But, this will not always work since you can not always get something done in just a snap of a finger. But it’s a principle that will create urgency, twist it around to your needs.
The best way to make sure that you do not procrastinate is by planning. If you write something down, then you know when you need to do something. Otherwise, it goes back to you having an unlimited amount of time to accomplish something. It means that you will not take action until you urgently need to.
it goes back to you having an unlimited amount of time to accomplish something. It means that you will not take action until you urgently need to.
If you have a plan, you know when you are going to start and what you are going to work on. If you don’t, then you simply know that you need to act, but there won’t be any urgency. Therefore, you will delay.
If it’s not written down, it will not happen.
Write down what you need to do and when to do it you need to. It will Increase the chances of you taking action. Get a planner for that. Design Your Business in 365 Days will help you out When it comes to business. It’s full of tips and motivation that will keep you going. Sometimes you need to be reminded why you should keep going or why you started your business. Quotes and tips included in this planner do that.
“What is the purpose of the organization?” It gets you thinking.
Do you have any other methods that help you with procrastination? Let us know.