Whether in our personal or professional lives, we’ve all experienced some sort of procrastination. In fact, 95% of people admit to procrastinating. Maybe the task is tedious or monotonous, or maybe you just feel generally unmotivated. Procrastination can negatively affect your productivity and, in turn, your business. Here are some simple steps you can take to help you overcome procrastination and get your motivation (and time) back.
Just do something (anything, really) to get started
Open up that document, start drafting that email or invoice, do anything to get started. Once you’ve made a conscious effort to get started, it’s hard to stop and totally forget about it. In fact, we remember uncompleted tasks better than completed ones. That’s because that unfinished project is nagging in the back of your mind-- constantly reminding you that you’ve yet to finish a task. And, in turn, you’re more likely to come back to that task and finish it.
Turn off your distractions
Living in a digital-centric society comes with pros and cons. Unfortunately, distraction is one of the biggest cons. Between social media, texts, emails, and more, we’re constantly getting push notifications that pull our focus from our work. And we all know where that one email leads...soon enough, we find ourselves in a deep, dark rabbit hole watching kitten videos on YouTube or scrolling aimlessly through Facebook.
Try turning on the Do Not Disturb feature on your computer/phone. Or if you’re working on some writing, try taking pen and paper to a quiet place. Zapier put together a great list of apps to help you focus and turn on distractions.
Make smaller, manageable tasks
If we find ourselves procrastinating, it could be because the task at hand is large and overwhelming. Then, we keep putting the task off until we have one big chunk of time to try to knock it out. But unfortunately, for busy business owners, that large chunk of uninterrupted time may never come.
So, what can we do?
Break up the task into smaller, more manageable tasks. Create a separate to-do list for that particular task. Then, start knocking out those small tasks one by one. Soon enough, you’ll be done.
Find your why - give yourself a reason
This one is huge. If you find yourself procrastinating or putting off work because a task is tedious or boring, you need to find a reason why you should do that task. As humans, we have the natural instinct to want to get something out of doing something. Maybe it’s monetary, or maybe it’s a learning opportunity. Whatever the task is, it’s important to find the motivation for doing something that will result in a positive outcome or feeling.
With so many things on the plates of business owners, it can be easy to put off tasks indefinitely. But if you find your why, turn off distractions, and just get started, you can put yourself into a productive momentum and mindset that can positively impact your mental state and your business.