If you’re not careful, procrastination can zap all of your available energy, which, as you know isn’t great if you’re an entrepreneur. Putting off important tasks can cause you to lose sleep, impact your health, and cause personal and business relationships to suffer. Luckily, there are ways to limit your tendency to procrastinate so you can get things done.
Stop Procrastinating & Make a To-Do ListOne of the simplest ways to get stuff done is to just do it. One of the best ways you can do this is by creating a daily to-do list. After creating this list, see if you can delegate as many of these tasks as possible to your virtual assistant. Not only will this save you valuable time, but delegating also ensures these tasks will get done and not back-burnered by you – again. Take a look at the remaining items on your list and then complete the easiest ones first – this will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to move on to your next task.
Start Work First Thing in the MorningFor most entrepreneurs, morning is the best time to focus on your to-do list. Use this time before your home or your office becomes too busy or distracting to get anything done. To keep your momentum going, close your office door to deter people from walking in. If possible, avoid checking email until the afternoon or let your VA check your email for you. People who procrastinate often focus on less important tasks to avoid having to complete the important ones. By delegating less important tasks to your virtual assistant, you will have no choice but to focus on the important tasks at hand.
Take Frequent BreaksSitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your health. Take a walk or meet a friend for lunch to take your mind off of what you need to accomplish. Taking a break also allows your brain to become less cluttered. During the day, take several five-minute breaks to stand, stretch and move away from your computer. If you forget to take breaks, have your VA add these break times to your calendar. Highlight break times so you see them easily.
Determine Why You ProcrastinateI think it’s important to learn the reasons why you feel compelled to put off completing high-level tasks. If you feel overloaded with work, have difficulty making decisions, or you enjoy the challenge of meeting tight deadlines a little too much, you should make some changes to avoid those destructive behaviors before they negatively affect your business. Delegating tasks to your VA is an excellent way to lighten your workload. Making decisions quickly without mulling over them for extended periods of time helps you feel more in control of your business which can help prevent future procrastination. Creating unhealthy challenges for yourself like racing around last minute to meet a deadline is a sign that you’re bored with the task. Consider delegating it so you can focus on tasks that have more meaning for you. Over time, you’ll notice the benefits and rewards of meeting deadlines and business goals. With the help of a great VA, you will finally have that extra time to work on passion projects, to explore new hobbies or new business opportunities that may have escaped your attention if you were still stuck in that dreaded procrastination cycle.
Why do you procrastinate?
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