Does this sound familiar??
You sit down to work in the morning, open your laptop, take one look at your to-do list and suddenly your phone is in your hand and you’re scrolling through Instagram. 🙈
Don’t feel bad if that’s you too, because it’s EXACTLY how I used to start my day.
But over the past couple of years I’ve gotten really good and sitting down to work, feeling EXCITED to jump into the most important task, and staying focused until it’s done.
The procrastination bug gets us all, but the thing is…it’s not just an issue with avoiding daily tasks, it’s about putting off something important for weeks or months. Knowing you want to do it, that it would benefit your business, and pushing back the deadline over and over anyway.
So let’s talk about how you can go from wasting tons of time by procrastinating, to feeling focused and excited to start your task list every day.
1 ➞ Plan ahead to set yourself up for success
It’s the obvious fix, but so many people still skip it. Everything you do should work toward a specific project – not just more clients, more money, leaving your job.
You need little wins along the way to stay motivated and taking action. Things like: creating a video series that will attract more clients, running a webinar that will sell more products, finishing a blog post to boost your authority.
Creating a 90-day plan will help with this (I have a full training in both my Dare to Grow 12 week coaching program and in The Productive Solopreneur). It will ensure that you don’t put too much into your day and end up paralyzed by procrastination because you can’t decide where to start.
2 ➞ Understand what you’re contributing to – is there a greater purpose?
Take a minute to look at the tasks and projects for the next month and identify the specific person you’ll be helping or the cause you’re contributing to.
For me it’s actual business owners who have taken my courses or joined my coaching program and what they’re working toward: leaving their job, more free time with their family, turning their passion into a business.
Making videos might not be that thrilling until you consider who’s going to be watching. Take the time to write down your WHY or who you’re helping next to each task to give yourself a little incentive to start.
3 ➞ Dig into why you’re avoiding certain tasks – what do you have an easy time starting + what do you regularly put off?
Homework time! Grab a sheet of paper or open a new doc and create two columns. On one side write all the tasks that come easy to you, the tasks you have no problem checking off. On the other side write all the tasks that cause major procrastination.
✘ Under each of the difficult tasks, write down what happens when you think about starting. For example: when you go to create graphics you end up researching on Pinterest or tweaking your design.
✘ Next, dig into the REAL reason you’re putting it off. Get quiet and notice if an image, a voice, or an idea pops up.
Maybe the issue is actually that you don’t feel great about your design skills. You’re worried it makes you look unprofessional. You’re comparing yourself to someone who has been at it for years or is an actual graphic designer.
✘ Then note the outcome: What happens if you just go with the graphics you have? What happens if you publish the post? Launch your podcast? Show up on video?
Sometimes we hold ourselves back from the exact thing we’re working toward: trying to post more consistently, but feeling afraid of what will happen when we do.
✘ Finally…you’ve gotta DITCH IT or DO IT.
Instead of wasting time knowing you should post on Instagram stories, but feeling afraid to talk on video. Ditch that and start posting text stories instead.
Or maybe you need to deal with the underlying issue (fear of what people might say), put on your CEO pants, and force yourself to jump on video anyway!
Procrastination isn’t just wasting time, it’s wasting brain space that could be used doing something creative and worthwhile.
So – make your two column list of tasks that are easy and not so easy. Dig into each of those challenging tasks and get honest about why you hold back, avoid, or put them off. Decide if it’s worthwhile or not, and ditch it or do it!
If you need someone to keep you accountable and encourage you along the way – that is exactly what I offer in my coaching program. Because skipping over procrastination is something you need to PRACTICE.
Over 12 weeks we cover…
✓ Refining your message
✓ Boosting your email list
✓ Showing up more on Instagram
✓ And launching a digital product (or stepping up sales from one you already have!)
One of the women in my program recently said that she got more done in the past 10 weeks than she had in a long time. It was all stuff she KNEW she needed to address, but she put it off because she just didn’t want to do it.
We discovered she was procrastinating because she nervous about what would happen if a whole bunch of people bought her course. (They did – she totally survived!) 😆😆😆
If you want help figuring out your procrastination habit, lots of accountability and a profitable digital product – jump on my waitlist because group coaching enrollment opens next month and my waitlist peeps get first dibs!
P.S. Send me a message on Instagram @xosarahmorgan if that two-column method works for you!