4 Steps To Stop Procrastinating And Start Acting
How often do you find yourself contemplating a task, only to avoid getting started on it and move on to something else?
Procrastination is a major problem for everyone, but especially dangerous for entrepreneurs. After all, when you work for yourself, YOU set the pace. If that pace is slow, profits will be slow as well. Beating procrastination, however, can be accomplished with a few simple tips.
1. Baby Steps
If you find yourself struggling to get started on a project, consider breaking it down into the smallest tasks possible. Then complete one (or a few) of these tiny tasks. You’ll gain momentum with each micro-task that you complete, allowing you to knock out procrastination quickly and painlessly.
2. Stop Planning and Take Action
You can research and plan for days, weeks, or months without ever beginning on a project. Instead, set a clear goal for when you’ll begin to ACT, and stick to it. If you need more information, you can always gather it as you go. Money likes speed, so take action today.
3. Don’t Be Afraid
Procrastination is often motivated by fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of the project falling flat on its face. Even fear of overwhelming success. Look fear in the face. Stare it down, and act anyway. Without taking action, nothing will ever happen – and THAT’s something to be afraid of.
4. Track Progress
After you have taken the first actions, be sure to track your progress. There is no greater motivation to get out there and do something than seeing where you have been in the past and what you have accomplished.
By putting these four tips into action, you can begin to knock out procrastination before it starts. Success is all about focused, determined action, so take your first baby step towards that goal today!