Why put off ’til tomorrow what you can get done today? Procrastination. There certainly are days in my life when I think I should have a PhD in procrastination. I’ve got lots of ways to keep myself busy when faced with what I label a ‘daunting’ task. I check and re-check my email. I get something to drink. I straighten up my office. I pet the dog. I play a video game. I ‘chat’ with friends, either by phone or electronically. I grab a snack. I do internet ‘research’. I update my to-do list. I take a little walk…..and on and on and on.
Two important questions related to procrastination are 1) why procrastinate and
2) what outcome are you looking for?Procrastination certainly is one way to put off or delay dealing with a difficult, challenging, frightening, new or frustrating task. Unfortunately, most of the time, it also results in additional stress (either immediately or eventually), more frustration, confusion, stopping you in your tracks — you get the picture. So why do you procrastinate? Fear? Overwhelm? Confusion? Not knowing what to do?
And then there is that pesky “what outcome do I want” question, isn’t there? If the difficult, challenging, frightening, new or frustrating task is one that will move you closer to your goal of building a successful business, you’ll have to tackle it anyway. So why not try something more efficient and less stressful? The next time you’re tempted to procrastinate, take stock of what’s going on, why you are procrastinating, and what you want to accomplish by completing the task you’re trying to avoid. Then decide if it’s going to move you forward or not. If not, delete it from your to-do list and move on. If it will move you forward, do whatever it takes and get it done. You’ll be glad you did.