Do you have a problem with procrastination? If you do, you are not alone. Everyone struggles with the tendency to put off responsibilities and delay tasks from time to time, but when left unchecked, it can become a serious problem. Without management, procrastination can actually negatively impact your business and erode away at your efficiency and profitability. Getting ahold of your problem with procrastination is not only good for your time management; it’s good for the overall success of your business.
Beating procrastination takes dedication and self-discipline. If it’s become a deeply rooted habit, it can be quite difficult to shake, but it’s worth the effort. Start with the following tips to get rid of it once and for all:
- Find out why you tend to procrastinate—get to the root of the problem.
- Get rid of the obstacles that keep you from getting stuff done.
- Attack tasks before you have time to think about delaying them.
- Put yourself in the right environment to succeed.
- Be realistic about what you can accomplish.
- Divide larger tasks into smaller ones.
- Let go of perfection.
- Focus on results.
When you change your perspective and how you think about the tasks you have to do, you may find it easier to stop putting it off and just get it done. For you, beating procrastination could be as easy as taking the first step…and then the next one and the next one after that, one at a time. Time management is a skill that all successful people must grasp, and that certainly means slaying this particular demon.
Procrastination is often rooted in how you feel about the task at hand. Instead, focus on how you will feel when it’s over and you have accomplished a goal or knocked something off of your to-do list. Breaking this bad habit is possible, and once you’ve stopped the procrastination habit, you will enjoy greater productivity than ever before.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC