How do you know if you’re prioritizing or procrastinating?
How many times have you uttered the words “I’ll do that later?” Probably too many times to count. And with tasks and responsibilities constantly bombarding you from all directions, it’s no wonder why. We’re constantly being pulled in multiple directions. As an entrepreneur, your list of responsibilities is endless. You’re every department head and all eyes are looking to you for direction. You can’t do everything at once, so some things have to be put off…
Prioritizing or Procrastinating – What’s the difference?
When we get things done, just not as many as we’d like, we’re busy and we’re prioritizing. But when we avoid getting things done and actively look for distractions, we’re procrastinating.
Sings you’re procrastinating
- You get up late – because you were up all night trying to complete a project or task you put off.
- You keep starting new things – to distract yourself from the tasks you’re avoiding.
- Hurry up – you’re late!. You’re late or you’re always in a hurry.
- Your home and/or workplace are a mess. You’ll get around to organizing…
- Social. Media.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King
Procrastination will slowly eat your time away if you let it. Below are some effective strategies to help you take back your day.
- Make a practical list of everything you have to do. Be honest! Eliminate tasks you never plan to do.
- Don’t mistakenly assume that completing a task requires that you feel like doing it. Not true. The same goes for not being “in the mood” to work.
- Set realistic goals and prioritize – write them down. This list will help you focus when distractions pop up.
- Break down each task into specific steps: We’re most likely to procrastinate on tasks that lack structure.
- Reality Check: How much time do you think it will take you to complete a task? Double it.
- Use your calendar: Treat a task like you would a meeting and block out that time. Set your timer so you don’t lose focus.
- Remember your “Why”: Keep your larger goal firmly in mind. The less meaningful the goal, the less likely we’ll want to do the task.
Scratching your head and wondering where your day went won’t help you accomplish your business goals. Beating procrastination will. Until next time