How To Turn Procrastination Into Action

I don’t really want to complete this task right now; I’ll do it tomorrow. The deadline for this work is so far away – I have plenty of time to do it. I don’t need to start this yet… If you’ve ever thought or said any of these phrases in your professional life, the chances are you’re having trouble with procrastination. Procrastination is the enemy of success – especially if you’re an entrepreneur trying to make your dreams a reality on your own. There’s no one else to complete the tasks on your to-do list, and putting them off until tomorrow, or another arbitrary date in the future, isn’t going to get you any closer to achieving your goals! Luckily, there are ways in which you can transform procrastination into action – it’s all about mind over matter. Here are some top tips.
Victor-Kiefer Gerard
Business & Brand Development

“You may delay, but time will not.”

Remove Distractions

If there are distractions in your working environment, you’ll always find a reason to put off starting a certain project. If you work from home, turn off the TV and the radio – the constant chatter can be distracting. Listening to white noise has been proven to increase focus, so that’s something to try. Turn your phone onto silent, close your email client and shut down anything else which could send you a distracting notification.

Don’t Overthink It

If you overthink a certain project, or give yourself time to talk yourself out of doing it, there’s a chance that procrastination could take over. If you build up to starting something and turn it into a ‘big deal’, it’ll start looming over you and the challenge of starting the task will become even bigger. Once you get into the flow of most projects, you’ll be surprised at how easy you find it – it’s just the starting that’s tough!

Look After Yourself

You’re much less likely to complete all the tasks on your to-do list if you’re feeling sluggish, tired and drained of energy. One of the best ways to fight procrastination is to make sure you’re healthy and fit as much as possible – not only will this boost your mood, it’ll also keep the creative juices flowing and ensure you fall ill less, making you less likely to put off work.

Break Projects Down

If you have a large project looming and you can’t bring yourself to tackle it, break it down into smaller pieces. Perhaps the project starts by sending an email, or maybe you need to read a summary document to start you off. By breaking down the large task into smaller, more manageable tasks, you’re making it much less intimidating. You’ll also feel great once you start ticking things off your to-do list – this can be a real boost!

Worst Tasks First

Commit to getting the tasks you’re least looking forward to out of the way first every day. Got a tricky call scheduled in with a business connection? Make sure it’s the first task you do. Need to finish a highly technical document before a deadline? Get it out of the way first. Once you’ve ticked off the hardest thing on your to-do list each day, everything else will seem like a breeze!

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

If you’re someone who struggles with procrastination, we hope these tips can help you transform it into action and achieve your business goals in the long-term. For all the latest updates on productivity, personal branding and entrepreneurialism, stay tuned to the YOR blog.

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YOR team

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