Have you ever procrastinated on something? Let’s be honest, everyone has; we all do it at one point or another, and some of us suffer from the procrastination “syndrome” more than others. If you’re a business owner, procrastination can have some serious effects on both you and your business. So today we are going to go through simple strategies to manage procrastination.
How Procrastination Affects You
People procrastinate for a number of reasons:
- Fear – you may be afraid that the task is going to be too difficult or you’re going to fail at doing or trying it.
- Disinterest – it’s very easy to put off doing something you just don’t want to do. However if everyone did that, nothing would ever get done.
- Expectations – this parallels fear. When you feel like someone is expecting something great from you, it can cause anxiety which leads to procrastination.
Regardless of the reasons we procrastinate, the end result is the same; you end up in crunch time. Now, instead of having a relaxing week or a month to get a task accomplished, you now have one day or (worse) an hour! This creates tremendous amounts of stress (which, although this is off topic, leads to fat gain and who wants that!?) The stress that procrastination creates is bad for both your physical and mental health. You can become fatigued, not care for yourself, dive into depression, and even can start overeating (If you’re like me.)
Did you know that procrastination also creates burnout? This can actually be a vicious circle; you procrastinate because you’re burned out, then try to rest which leads to you getting behind on another task, which leads to burn out. And so on and so forth…. The end result is stress, loss of enjoyment in your work, and just doing tasks because you have to and not because you like to.
Procrastination also inhibits productivity. When you procrastinate about doing something and then have to force through it, the end result is that the task takes much longer to accomplish than it would have if you’d been able to focus on it with energy and enthusiasm.
How Procrastination Affects Your Business
Procrastination, as we’ve already mentioned, can cause a lack of productivity, burnout and stress. It can also lead to an inferior product or service being given to your customer. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, are worried about the outcome, or have to rush through it, the end result can be something you’re just not proud of. It can also be something that the customer will not be happy with.
Procrastination can lead you to lose enthusiasm for a business you once loved.
How to End Procrastination
Procrastination can be eliminated or reduced by determining the reason behind it. If it’s because of fear, then you’ll want to assess the fear and determine if it’s a legitimate fear and what you’re going to do about it.
If you’re procrastinating because you dislike the task, find a way around that dislike. Consider outsourcing the it, create a system that eliminates the task, or if neither one of those options is a possibility, find a way to put on your big boy/ girl pants and and just get it done!
If you’re procrastinating because of expectations, realize you’re going to be able to deliver a much better product if you give yourself the time and room to do it. And remember that ultimately you can only do your best.
Procrastination is something that everyone has to deal with from time to time. Learn to understand and manage your tendencies to procrastinate and it will have no effect on you or your business.
Write Your Goals Down To Keep You Motivated
Setting a goal for yourself can keep you accountable and help prevent procrastination. However, just saying your goals to yourself doesn’t always give you the motivation you need when procrastination is blocking an affliction. You need to write them down and put an effort into creating milestones with quality check points. Make sure your goals are achievable and that you are able to stay consistent with meeting them. Envision how your project will turn out and work toward it with unrivaled devotion. Continue making progress with your goals daily. This free Goal Setting Brainstorming Worksheet can help you eliminate distractions.