One of the fundamental problems with procrastination is, you generally don’t have anyone alongside of you grinding their spur in your side; you have to get yourownself going.
Most procrastinators I know of are people who don’t govern themselves well, and resent others trying to.
But not all unmotivated people are procrastinators. If you generally DO complete your tasks on time, but are having trouble in one certain area, here are some tips to get you “unstuck”
Write down your overall vision. What is the end goal here? What is the mission statement for this series of tasks or goal. Clearly define what the end result is for all of your “to do” lists. Polish, edit, clarify and refine until you have a glowing mission statement for your company, family, or whatever project this task falls in. Then, after looking at the bigger picture, ask yourself:
“Do I really have to do this”?
A whole lot of very organized people I have known will beat themselves up over something like (gasp!) dust bunnies under the guest room bed. Seriously? That’s it?
Yes, there are ultra-organized people who get depressed if every single thing is not done, even if it’s not critical. Something in their organized mind knows, they may never have enough time to get around to that non-essential, thus, their depression. If you think that same perfectionism mindset describes you, try reminding yourself that leaving non-critical tasks undone, hurts no one. Then burn that chore card—tell youself it’s really okay if you never get around to that for the rest of your life, because it really is.
“I hate this task”.
Is this a truly necessary task? Again, if you hate it, but it’s not critical or even quite important, would it make more sense just to not do it?
Okay. Obviously, the quality of our businesses depend upon us tending to details. But if this detail truly makes your business shine ask yourself question number one again…does it have to be you? Are you the only one who can do this task? Will the company turn to dust if your hands aren’t on every part of this project? If so, go to question three.
But if you have to do it, say, you need to work with an unpleasant client, or address an unpleasant situation, can you have someone share part of the burden with you? Maybe you can enlist the support of a team member to go with you to that termination meeting. That gnarly employee turns your stomache to knots and you hate confrontation. If so, maybe you can ask your feisty assistant to accompany you.
“Can I delegate this task”?
So much of internet marketing involves details and duldrum duties. Marketer, don’t lose your mind doing it all. Make a list today of every unpleasant marketing task and then hire or trade services if at all possible. Even if you can’t delegate all of it, farm out what you can, and oversee the team’s progress.
“Can I do this project in stages”?
When you break a project down into miniature goals, you have a much better chance of completing it. After your project becomes five miniature projects, do the next step:
Give your project a deadline.
And don’t just give the end result a deadline, but rather, give every stage of your project a deadline. This is where almost everyone misses it. Sit down and write out every single project and sub-project from buying the paint to measuring the windows. Give yourself a time limit for how long you will spend looking for office furniture; how much time you will spend looking for an employee. Maybe you know you can’t set aside enough interview time to do it well, so you’ll have to use an agency. My point is, when you set a deadline for a flow chart of tasks, you force yourself to come up with solutions to dead ends.
I do this every single day with my business and it really gets the checklists done.
Try it and see.