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Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or activity with the intention of doing it later. It’s a problem because it can lead to missed deadlines, decreased productivity, and negative emotions such as guilt and shame. Furthermore, chronic procrastination can have negative consequences both physically, professionally, and personally. The goal of this blog post is to provide tips on how to beat procrastination and set yourself up for success by developing productive habits. By addressing the underlying reasons behind procrastination, such as difficulty managing stress or lack of motivation, the hope is to improve one’s mental health and well-being. The ultimate goal is to step away from procrastination and achieve success in all areas of life.
What are the causes of Procrastination?
- Fear of Failure- The fear of failure can be a daunting obstacle for high performers, leading to procrastination, overwhelm, and anxiety when starting a project. However, facing this fear head-on is crucial in overcoming it and pushing past any setbacks.
- Perfectionism- As high achievers, we often strive for perfection, but this desire for perfection can lead to unrealistic expectations, causing discouragement and hindering us from starting a task due to not being able to meet our own standards.
- Lack of Motivation- Getting started on a task can be challenging when you’re feeling discouraged and unmotivated. Whether you lack direction, creativity, or a starting point, taking small, manageable steps can help you regain focus and move forward.
- Lack of Energy- Low energy can often result in procrastination and a lack of engagement. To combat this, focus on activities that give you energy and try to schedule them during times when you have the most energy.
Now that we’ve identified the causes of Procrastination, let’s look at how we can overcome it.
Step One: Identify Triggers & Create An Action Plan
Procrastination can be caused by various triggers, and it’s crucial to identify these triggers and develop a plan of action for when they arise. Some common triggers include perfectionism, fear of failure, lack of motivation, distractions, feeling overwhelmed, and unclear expectations.
Step Two: Set Achievable Goals
Overcoming procrastination requires setting achievable goals with well-defined action steps. To make your goals manageable, break them down into smaller, actionable tasks, establish a timeline, and clarify your priorities and boundaries. If you want more tips for setting better goals check out my academy HERE.
Step Three: Break It Down
To make tasks less daunting, break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. Seeing a large task as an insurmountable challenge can lead to discouragement and procrastination, but dividing it into smaller steps makes it easier to take action and get the job done.
Step Four: Resources
To overcome procrastination and increase productivity, there are numerous resources available, including productivity apps, calendars, timers, and more. You can also access the free “Big Money Making Moves Training” which offers numerous tips on overcoming procrastination.
As a business owner, it’s important to acknowledge that life isn’t all about the hustle and grind culture. Overworking and burnout can be detrimental to our health and well-being, that’s why it’s so important to have these systems and strategies to reach success in business and in life and keep the balance.
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