Can you relate to this?
Do you know someone like this...
...they knock off work early because they've gotten everything done on time
...they're never late with holiday or birthday gifts
...and they seem to have the best planned vacations.
Effective time management is their solution to avoid the trap of procrastination.
What is procrastination and how is it affecting your efforts to create the life you actually want - not just something you have to settle for?
A Google search for the phrase "stop procrastination" will return over 19 million search results.
But do we as business owners (and up and coming business owners) really understand what it is?
Intentionally avoiding something is defined as procrastination.
Most social scientists believe procrastination is a problem with something called "emotional self-regulation".
When we are faced with something we perceive as "negative" - like not knowing what to do next, quitting smoking or paying bills - we avoid it rather than tackling it head-on.
The problem is, putting off those tasks that seem awful at the moment only causes stress and more than a little self-loathing when we are faced with the consequences.
You can beat procrastination by learning why you keep putting off your efforts to take your life to the next level.
Do you want to know exactly how to make this whole Instagram thing work for you, but you keep putting it off? Maybe it's because you haven't had a success in a while to light your fire.
Here are some reasons that we procrastinate:
Disorganization - Keep your workspace and home free of clutter.
Fear of failure - Beat this by realizing that even if you don't achieve your desired goal, you have still gained knowledge.
Perfectionism - Once you realize that nothing is ever perfect, it will be easier for you to move forward.
Once you can pinpoint your reason for procrastination, it's a lot easier to recognize your behavior and call your bluff when you find yourself slipping into old habits.
Now it's time to kick procrastination to the curb with strategies to beat it. Use any and/or all of the strategies below to overcome your procrastination:
• Don't blame yourself for things you've procrastinated about in the past.
• Accountability. Have someone hold you accountable to keep you on track with your online goals.
• Take care of tasks you're avoiding first thing in the day. This will make the rest of the day more enjoyable.
The power to change your habits is always controlled by you and not any outside forces.