Do you think you have to do everything in your business? Perhaps you think no one can do tasks/projects like you can. Or you think by the time I teach someone else how to do it I could have done it myself.
I like to be in control so this is hard for me, too but as wonderful as we are none of us are Superwoman. What can you outsource today so you have time to do what you are really good at and brings income into your business?
Something that I’m really good at outsourcing is dinner! That is a good place to start.
When you look around your home or office are there things unfinished?
I’m going to assume the answer is yes! You are not alone.
Procrastination is a huge issue for many. When you live with procrastination you live life with the brakes on. Not a great way to live.
The things that are unfinished in your life weigh you down wherever you go.
If you find yourself often thinking “I wish I had completed that project before leaving work.” Or, “I wish I had planned what to have for supper today a lot earlier.” Or, “I wish I had finished ________ before I started __________.” These thoughts stay with you day and night.
The good news is there is a solution. And, it is amazingly simple.
Set time in your calendar for a ‘things I’m putting off’ brain dump
Find yourself procrastinating? Take index cards and on one write down the end result. On the others write down one step on each card. After you have all the steps to accomplish the project on cards put them in a logical order. You can now take action and tackle the project, card by card.
“A task left undone remains left undone in two places – at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience. They siphon off a little more of your personal power every time you delay. No need to be a perfectionist, that’s dehabilitating in an imperfect world, but it’s good to be a ‘completionist’. If you start it, finish it – or forget it.” Brahma Kumaris
When you procrastinate, you are living life by constantly stepping on your brakes. Common reasons heard from procrastinators are: This will take too long, I don’t know how to do this, I’m overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
Visualize how you will feel when you accomplish this task that you are putting off.
Break the task down into steps.
Make an appointment with yourself to do this task and KEEP the appointment!
Is there anything that you can think of that you wish you had gotten done already? Is it bugging you? I’m assuming the answer is ‘yes’!
You may think when you leave your office you leave the unfinished tasks in the office but you are wrong. Everything that is uncompleted comes home with you in your mind and can weigh heavy on your shoulders. As you’re playing catch with your daughter that ‘little’ voice in your head is saying “You shouldn’t be out here. You should be back at the office finishing _____.” When you’re out on your date night with your spouse you may be thinking about the report sitting on your desk and not fully ‘be’ on your date. This does not feel good and can cause real problems.
What’s happening is procrastination and it is very common – you are not alone.
Procrastination is living life with the brakes on as you tell yourself “I don’t have time for this,” or “I don’t know how to do this so I’ll put it here for now.” You constantly stop yourself. But whenever you put ‘something here for now’ you are simply postponing and when you do that your ‘little’ voice will go into overtime reminding you of what you haven’t gotten done. It’s interesting that it rarely reminds you of all the great things you’ve done!
There are a lot of great books about procrastination but I’ve discovered as a ‘recovering procrastinator’ a simple cure if you do it!
The next time you pick up a piece of paper that is a reminder of an action you need to do and you are SO tempted to put it back on your desk for later – STOP – put it back up to your face where you can see it and ask yourself “What is the next one thing I can do?” Just one thing. Figure that out and do it. Yes, right away! When that is done ask yourself “What is the next one thing I can do?” Do that and keep going. Sound simple? Yes, but it works. You will be amazed at how quickly the task gets done (much faster than you think) and how wonderful you will feel about yourself. No more little voice!
Another tip that helps me is to set a timer for 30 minutes. You can do anything for 30 minutes! If you focus on just one task there’s a great chance that when the timer goes off the task is done or very close to being done.
Pick one thing right now that you’ve been putting off. Figure out what is one thing that you can do toward this task and do it. Then keep going by doing the next and then the next. Let me know how great you feel!
I love working out, just love it. I don’t like going or taking the time to go but once I’m there I’m a very happy camper. I think it’s because deep down inside I know that if I don’t take time to take care of myself I won’t be able to do all that I do.
My favorite machine is the elliptical. I feel like dying halfway through but then I get to the point where I feel like I could go on forever. l love when I get to that point! This is true with tasks we need to do in our work. We don’t feel like doing it, we start the task but want to quit, but the longer we work on the task and as we start making progress it starts to get easier and we can see the end in sight. This is a really good feeling and then, and only then, are we glad we started the project.
What have you been putting off that if you’d just start you’d feel a whole lot better?!
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. Ralph Waldo Emerson