Eliminate Procrastination and Accomplish Your Goals
I intended on writing this article sooner, but I put it off. That is my lame attempt at making the idea of how to eliminate procrastination a funny one. The truth is that putting off, delaying, or postponing anything you deem to be important in your life is not one bit funny. So, what can you do to eliminate procrastination from your world once and for all?
The first method that worked well for me was to write down my goal and give myself a deadline. A goal without a deadline can be put off indefinitely, so by adding it to my to-do list I had no choice but to tackle it by the next working day. I learned much about myself in the process, such that I would much prefer to write than to speak with someone I do not know on the telephone, and that the longer I put something off the more difficult it seemed to become.
You will also want to break down the tasks and activities you write down into smaller pieces, or chunks. For instance, when I am creating a new online course or writing a short report, it’s much better for me to do that over a period of two or three days instead of trying to make it happen all in one day at a single sitting. That’s when I can become overwhelmed and then I accomplish very little that day. Instead, I make a list of what will be included in my project and then work on it one section at a time.
Visualizing the future is also helping in the effort to eliminate procrastination. This means that I step back to look at and visualize the bigger picture of what it will be like to accomplish my project. Basking in the joy of having another course to add to my inventory of products makes me feel like I am headed in the proper direction for my business.
In the interest of honesty, I will admit that fear used to be the driving force behind my tendency to procrastinate on certain issues. But as I have progressed as an entrepreneur those days are long gone. If I ever feel fearful, I push through the situation and keep moving forward. Having the ability to harness your fear will make everything in life easier and more joyous.
These days I am accountable first and foremost to myself. That means I must accomplish my goals in a timely manner and stay on schedule at all time. Yes, occasionally there are times when I get behind or change course at a crucial point in a project, but for the most part my days of postponing my work are not an issue in any area of my life. And when I do exactly what I said I would do I reward my progress with a pat on the back and a favorite film. I certainly hope you will use my experiences and examples to eliminate procrastination and get the job done.
I’m Connie Ragen Green, online marketing strategist, bestselling author, and international speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and inner game mind shifts. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future. And be sure to check out my Really Simple Online Courses training course.