Time Management Series – I’ll Stop Procrastinating Tomorrow…

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Procrastination is a schedule buster. It’s easy to put things off until later, especially when you dread the task such as making sales calls. But this is a real problem. If you put off your work, you are only hurting yourself. Procrastinating leads to stress and anxiety not to mention poor performance. You CAN stop procrastination from affecting your work.

It can be difficult to start working. Most of the time, however, not starting seems to be related to fear of poor results or negative evaluations than it is to the actual difficulty of the work. Aim to subdivide tasks into small steps and convince yourself that to get started all you need is 10 full minutes working on a task. Often, the 10 minutes will elapse and you’ll be right into the swing of things, prepared to continue on productively.

Sometimes you just don’t feel motivated to do your work. It might help to realize that for many people motivation isn’t a prerequisite to action it is a result of it! Try working for a short time and see if you can “get into it.” If your motivation problem seems more substantial, it might help to realize that when you aren’t motivated to do work, you aren’t actually out of motivation you’re just motivated to do something else.

Make a schedule. Allocate specific times to complete tasks using daily planners. Your planner should always be handy and you should refer to it often. Once you make your schedule, follow it. Work with a accountability partner or friend to motivate each other. Remember always that once the work is done, you will have more time for yourself, so stick with that schedule.

Make two activity lists: “Things I Like To Do and “Things I Have To Do”. Mix up activities from both lists and work on each activity for a short period of time. Alternating between fun and work helps to maintain motivation and interest. All work and no fun is another schedule buster. You don’t have to be working ALL the time, but you do have to complete what needs to be done.


4 Responses

  1. Really like the point that motivation is the result of an activity and not a driver to complete it. Sometimes procrastination is the result of resenting that we HAVE to do the task at hand and to that I say “why do it?” Not everything that needs doing needs to be done by you so I like this guide when assessing what comes next: should I do it, delegate it, delay it, or dump it? Ultimately, the only things I, as the c.e.o. should be doing is driving growth and revenue!

    • Kim Beckers says:

      Absolutely Andrea, great points. I agree It is essential to delegate otherwise you end up working in your business’s instead of on your business and you will only be able to grow so much. In the beginning stages of business it’s sometimes necessary to wear all hats but as you grow and begin to leverage our growth it’s essential to not only delegate but to have automated systems and procedures for getting the right stuff done. 🙂

  2. Lisa Marie says:

    Oh, gosh, I do that at times. I don’t like making phone calls. I also tend to be a workaholic once I get going, since I’m worried I won’t find focus again. Ha ha ha! That doesn’t work well either. I like your list bit at the end. I’ve been doing that lately too and it does work 🙂

    • Kim Beckers says:

      Glad to hear that you are implementing the list and getting great results, woohoo! Keep up the great work. 🙂

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