Posted on / by Danielle / in Success & Business

7 Simple Ways To Stop Procrastinating

I’ve personally struggled with procrastinating and wanted to share 7 simple ways to stop procrastinating.

Do you ever feel like there is so much to do in your business or life? But you have no clue where to start so instead of trying to find and pin down that starting point, you just freeze and everything seems to come to a standstill and nothing gets done?

I know the feeling, I’ve been there and it can be super frustrating. Usually it’s down to having a lack of clarity in terms of organising and being able to plan out the action steps required to get out of that mind freeze so to speak!

When we start to freeze, that’s the point where procrastination slips in and if we allow it, it starts to get the best of us and zaps our energy which results in a loss of focus.

Now I shared that procrastination is usually down to a lack of clarity, but it can also be a result of feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of things we need to get through, where it’s like an ongoing list of things to do.

With that in mind, let’s dive into 7 simple ways to stop procrastinating.

1. Stop thinking and start doing:

Sometimes too much time can be spent thinking about what needs to be done when in reality, the best thing we can actually do is just start by doing something. I always advise taking things in steps and stages because not everything needs to be done at once.

Think of it like this. When you settle down to have a three course meal, you can’t eat it all in one go. You start with the starter, that may be followed by a mini break before you move onto the main, and break before the dessert.

We work through what we have to eat with bite sized mouthfuls right? So if there is an area of your business or life that you’re procrastinating with right now, that’s what I want you to do. Identify what you’re going to have for your starter, decide on the main and the dessert you’re going to end with.

The key is not to overthink this process. Simply look at the tasks and activities you have to do as your menu.

2. Focus on what will have the biggest impact:

Get clear on the things that will have the biggest impact on your business or life. These are the things that will give you the highest return on investment. Such as generating leads that lead to sales. Whatever it is you need to get done, figure out what your return on investment will be for each thing. This will help you to gain clarity on where to start first.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it would be best to do the easy stuff, the things that are nice to do
(what I call fluffy). Sometimes too much energy and focus can be given on those areas with no tangible return. Outsource the fluff so you can work on your business instead of in it.

3. Take advantage of when you’re at your peak performance:

When we are at our peak performance which differs for all of us, it means our energy levels are high. Use those hours to your advantage to get the time consuming task done which is also known as eating the frog, helps us to perform in a more effective way.

Block out time and write down exactly what needs to be done. This way there are no excuses! If you struggle with staying on track check out Toggl which is a an excellent time tracking tool.

4. Become self aware:

Take a note and acknowledge when procrastination starts to slip into your day. Take a breath and identify what might be getting in the way. For example, is it due to a missing piece of information or feeling stuck on how to do something?

If this is the case do a Google search or ask for help in a Facebook group. There is always a way to get around things and find the solution.

5. Change your environment:

If you work from home and you find that there are too many distractions that lead to you not getting on with what you set out to do, change your environment. There are tons of super cool co-working spaces you can work from or coffee shops where everyone is focused on achieving what they set out to do. Changing your environment can also present excellent networking opportunities.

Another idea could be to change your workspace through Feng Shui that can support with jumpstarting your productivity.

6. Create a timeline of events for your day:

Now this links to blocking out time and writing down exactly what needs to be done. So this is looking at a block of time for your day which could be 8am to 1pm and outlining what you will get done within that time. Now you can make this fun and I’ll share an example with you.

I set myself tasks each day that includes rewards once I’ve reached certain goals. So this means I get super excited about hitting each goal because I want my reward and that reward could be absolutely anything.

7. Get yourself an accountability partner:

This could be a friend, business buddy, someone you trust in your network who you meet or speak with on a regular basis, someone who you can exchange ideas and discuss your goals with. What’s essential to this relationship is you both hold each other accountable to achieve your desired goals within a set timeframe.

So there you have it. Seven simple ways to stop procrastinating that are practical enough for you to implement and start trying out without delay.

Like with everything we have to be dedicated to actually experiencing the change we want. This means practicing and trialling out things for a period of time as there are rarely things that result in overnight fixes.

What way are you going to implement to stop procrastinating? Share with a comment and I’ll be sure to reply back to you.

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