We all do it. We all procrastinate even when we know we shouldn’t. But how much growth can you expect in your biz or blog, when you keep on postponing tasks? Being able to overcome procrastination and be more productive is key to running a profitable small biz online.
When you work from home, the temptation of finding something else to do instead is always there! Binging on Netflix, opening the fridge every half-hour (you know, in case something new and tasty showed up since you last checked), heck, even packing away the laundry (it
We watch cat videos on Youtube when we should be finishing that client proposal. We sanitize the whole bathroom instead of writing that blog post. We end up looking at the 2008 holiday photo’s of a friend’s cousin’s sister’s mate on Facebook.
There are a few reasons why we procrastinate, either because we want to avoid negative emotions, or because we want to avoid (perceived) negative tasks.
Whatever your reason, if you don’t do something about it, and learn how to stop procrastination, your blog or small biz will never grow as profitable as you want.
Even worse than that, you are living way below your own potential.
The causes of procrastination
A big reason why we procrastinate is because of fear.
It is fear that holds us
We are afraid that we will fail. We are afraid that others will judge us.
We suffer from imposter syndrome – fearing that people will find out we are frauds. And ultimately we are afraid that we are not good enough.
We are afraid that we will be successful. Ridiculous statement? Nope. Why else do we sabotage ourselves?
Mostly we don’t walk around with this fear thing on a big sign board.
Instead, it shows up in the little things we don’t do, and the choices we make when we procrastinate on doing the things that can make a difference in our business, our relationships, our health and ultimately in our lives.
Speaking as a recovering perfectionist here, this totally sucks. A perfectionist is one of the BIGGEST procrastinators ever. Because perfectionists will rather avoid doing a task, than to do it imperfectly.
Also, perfectionism is a huge time waster.
Think about how long you spend crafting that “perfect” email, or the time you take to make your spreadsheets “pretty”. Or how you delay publishing that blog post because you still need to get it “just right”.
Done is better than perfect.
I once read something which changed the way I looked at my tendency to do things perfectly. I can’t remember the exact words, but the idea made a huge impression on me.
When you procrastinate completing something because you want it to be perfect, you are trying to perfect something that doesn’t exist yet.
3. A lack of structure or planning
When we don’t know what to do next, we tend to waste time and procrastinate.
So really, it’s not necessarily because we are lazy that we procrastinate, but because we lack process.
This might even have led us to develop a habit of choosing pleasure over discipline, because of the perceived pain of the unknown. However, we pay the price of feeling constantly overwhelmed and under pressure.
Signs that you are procrastinating
- Starting with a task and then stopping to check email or getting up to make coffee
- Being busy the whole day with filler tasks that don’t help grow your business
- Finding all kinds of excuses why not to start on your
task Waitingto be “in the mood” before you start
4 surefire ways to overcome procrastination and be more productive in your small biz
You can download my free procrastination tracker worksheet to help document your behavior for a few days.
Make a note everytime you realize that you are procrastinating. Once you have some awareness around your behavior, it gives you a starting point to create change within yourself.
Use that awareness and the points I have below, to help you overcome procrastination in your small biz or blog.
1. Find your most productive time of day
Are you an early bird? Night owl? Middle-of-the-dayer? (That is a type!).
We all have times when we are at our most productive and creative. Use that time to do your work that requires the most brainpower.
It takes me a long time to write blog posts. English is not my first language (you don’t say), and I’m a speaker rather than a writer. I am also very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when I wake up in the mornings, which means I wilt rather early at night too.
So I write when I get up in the morning, as soon as I’ve done my yoga Everyone is still sleeping and I can get a good hour of writing in on most days.
2. Just get started
Often it is the fear of getting started that keeps us back.
You might have experienced it for yourself. Say you have this mammoth task that you keep on pushing out. Then once you finally start, you realize it is not such a big deal after all. We make it bigger in our heads than what it should be.
Say this: It’s easier to do what you must do, when you know what you must do.
Remember how I spoke about procrastination as a result of
By planning your day, or simply by planning out the next steps, you now have a road map to follow. This road map will help you overcome procrastination and grow your biz.
It can be overwhelming to think about completing some tasks as a whole. Where do you start? What comes first?
However, when you break it down into smaller parts, it becomes more manageable.
Give yourself small goals or milestones.
Instead of writing out a whole proposal/blog post/email, aim to do only the outline. You might find once you have finished the outline, you are on fire!
4. Stop multitasking
You might think that multitasking helps you be more productive, but the opposite is true.
This split in attention and ensuing lapse, cause your productivity to decrease. It’s no biggie if you are texting and watching Youtube at the same time. But, when you are working on something which requires more brainpower, you become less effective.
That is why reading your
If you want to increase productivity, pay full attention to one task at a time.
Are you ready to overcome procrastination so you can grow your biz?
Well, there you have it. If you have been struggling with procrastinating on those tasks which will make the difference in helping you grow your biz, I hope this post helped you.
If you have not done so yet, grab my free procrastination tracker to help you.