Procrastination can be a major roadblock for leaders and entrepreneurs as so much depends on them and they often have many ideas.
It can undermine success and restrict potential.
The good news is that it is possible to beat procrastination and here are some tips which are based on my own experience and from learning from my clients who broke out of the procrastination cycle.
1. It starts with being honest with yourself. Understand why you procrastinate and acknowledge it (instead of punishing yourself). Research has shown that procrastination isn’t only about poor time management or laziness. Instead it often stems from negative emotions such as fear of failure or success, perfectionism, or self-doubt, that we can only address and influence if we understand them.
2. Break up your work into smaller chunks, make a realistic plan to make sure you set yourself up for success.
3. Get started even if you don’t feel like it. Often our mood improves once we get started, because we are feeling good about the fact that we got started.
3. Celebrate your achievement, to stay motivated and focused.
4. Stay focused on the result. How will you feel when you get the project finished, and what will it mean for you/your business?
5. Be aware of challenges and things that could get in the way, and be prepared for it. An accountability partner can help too.
6. Find the right environment/space where you work best, and that is very individual as some of us might prefer to work in public spaces and some of us prefer a quiet space.
7. Forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go according to plan. Instead learn from your failures, otherwise you might go straight back into the procrastination loop.
What do you do to beat procrastination?