How To Overcome Procrastination
How many times have we said it –
Time is Your Greatest Commodity!
If you are struggling to manage your time and just wish you could press pause for an hour to let you catch up with yourself then you are not alone. We’ve previously blogged about prioritizing your tasks and avoiding things that are stealing your time but another major factor facing many people is procrastination.
According to Psychology Today, 20% of people are chronic procrastinators. If you want to build an online business that is going to provide you with financial freedom then you cannot afford to be a procrastinator. You can’t allow time to fritter away and days, weeks, months pass without you making the progress you need to. You will have enough to overcome as an entrepreneur without self-sabotaging behavior and self-imposed barriers harming your performance.
Five Lies Procrastinators Tell Themselves:
1. I still have loads of time to do that (when they don’t)
2. That won’t take me long to do (when it will)
3. I’m not motivated today but I will be tomorrow, I’ll do it then (no you won’t)
4. I don’t feel like doing it now (you won’t feel like doing it later either)
5. I’ll do it better when I feel in the mood to (you don’t have to wait for a feeling to do work that is good enough)
Procrastination is paralyzing. Procrastinators suffer from feelings of being overwhelmed and the stress from procrastination often is greater than the stress of the actual task. They feel a lack of control and succumb to the many distractions that are only too happy to take them away from what they really should be doing. This leads to feelings of disappointment and guilt about not fulfilling their potential. Others may perceive them as lazy or lacking self-control and this has an obvious negative effect on how they perceive themselves. They get filled with self-doubt and are unable to produce results as they feel what they are doing isn’t good enough, even when it is.
Procrastination is not about a failure to manage time or plan your life. You were not born a procrastinator rather it is a learned behavior from your childhood which affects your ability to self-regulate. The good news is that you can unlearn it.
There are many techniques for getting over procrastination and essentially they all boil down to finding a new way to do things so that when you are faced with a task your brain doesn’t fire out all these stress hormones and you revert to your past habits of avoidance. Instead you feel engaged, even excited to be working on something that is going to bring you a great reward and your brain responds by firing off happy hormones.
Tony Robbins talks about not giving yourself a list of tasks to do but goals to accomplish each day. Re-framing your to-do list like this could be all you need to get on track. I for one find it less stressful to view things in this way rather than a mountain of stuff that I have to conquer. I start each day thinking what do I want to achieve today rather than what do I need to do.
Another technique that I find really interesting is the burn or burn technique. It was geared towards people who put off going to the gym so they stuck a $100 bill to their calendar on the day they were supposed to go to the gym and on that day they could either go to the gym and burn calories or literally burn the $100 note! It found that most people would rather go to the gym than burn a $100 bill and were able to use this technique to form new routines that served them much better than their old ones.
Now I’m not recommending you go and burn money but if you are suffering from procrastination and need to break the cycle then here are some training programs you can try:
Note: Make use of moneyback guarantees so if a program doesn’t work for you there is an opportunity to get your money back and try something else.