Procrastination – Stop the Madness

Procrastination – the biggest killer of productivity.  many things get put off in life, like difficult conversations, goal setting, not going to the doctors/dentist, changing jobs.

What are the reasons we do this?

1.A fear of failure

2.Not knowing where to start

3.Allowing distractions that interfere with focus

4.Avoidance of unpleasant tasks

A fear of failure

The surest way to achieve success and not failure is to model someone who is already successful. If you don’t have good models, find someone who is the best in your chosen field and emulate them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel – simply learn from the best. Someone has already discovered how to get it — and you want to figure out what they are doing right. Saving you the time and pain with their knowledge they have gained.  Success leaves clues.  Follow their strategy and you sow the same seeds, then you’ll reap the same rewards.   Failure is about learning,

Not knowing where to start

Schedule milestones, chunk out the information.  Simply begin with the deadline, then work backwards to block off time periods on your calendar to work on the project pieces.  Set deadlines on every milestone.  How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…dipped in chocolate. What does this mean? It means splitting big projects into small parts and making them more enjoyable. Perhaps playing lively music will help motivate you to tackle the project. Or, promise yourself some other treat after each small part of the task is complete.

Allowing distractions that interfere with focus

We are factually our biggest distractor…….Let me make a case for this with just this one question…..Do you randomly check email/social media/Pinterest/Instagram/your bank etc.?  You are simply creating a stop start stop start pattern, what I mean by that is for every distraction you lose a few minutes of focus time.  We re-focus then we allow ourselves to be interrupted with that feeling of ‘I must check’.

Schedule specific times for checking or making a drink for you.  Remember if you want to have that laser vision focus, you have to own it and protect that time.

Don’t invite interruption:  Silence cell phone, Create custom voicemail, Unplug from the internet.  Protect your time.  Tell others that you are in ‘the zone’ in focus time, whatever you want to call it.  Don’t stay in an area of distraction.  You don’t have to work where you have always worked.

Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. “Distractions signal that something has changed,”

Avoidance of unpleasant tasks

Why are you spending your time doing tasks you hate?  Is it something you can delegate?

Ill give you an example, I LOVE cleaning, now have a cleaner!  I don’t feel the guilt of not having a clean house anymore and I certainly dont feel guilty about the time that I have saved and can now provide more time to my clients.

Secondly, you need to ask yourself why it is so unpleasant!  What is it you don’t like about it, why do you do it?  Do you understand the value it brings?  If you are doing a task that isn’t of high impact or value to you or your work or your business, then DITCH IT!

Ella Bates – MASTER TRAINER.  I’m a believer in taking massive action to master a topic, dream or goal. 

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