I never thought of myself as a “procrastinator”. Towards the end of my career as a grant writer, I found I worked better under pressure – does it make me a procrastinator? Probably.
Working at home in my direct sales business, I find I am procrastinating. I put off things, mostly the things which are out of my comfort zone. I know there are times when we need to delay things – life happens, right? But the truth is, procrastination is one of the biggest causes of stress in our lives. I don’t know about you BUT stress makes me re-think my goals and my action steps which makes me stay in my comfort zone which keeps me STUCK! Do you see where I am going here?
Think about the things you hold off doing….
As busy women, there are things in your life you know need to get done. They are usually not even difficult tasks but in our minds we have made them more difficult and as a result we never get started. Instead, we do everything we can think of – wash dishes, organize files, surf the Internet, or check e-mail—rather than the things we actually need to do IN our business. I’m always in my office yet I find myself working on my business and not in it. Being busy but not with things which will make me money or get me more business. More procrastination which ultimately drains my energy and wastes precious time.
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday,” ~ Napoleon Hill
There are actually two solutions to procrastination. Sounds so simple, right? I was just listening to the AMAZING Desiree Wolfe who talked about this same thing!
#1. Drop the goal or project, and don’t do it.
Is this really what you want to do? Are you willing to admit defeat before you even make a serious attempt at trying. My newest HUGE goal is to earn a FREE trip to Maui courtesy of Thirty One. Yup, it is the Leadership Incentive Trip for 2019! Believe it or not, it is the sales goal which has me stumped more than the number o qualify recruits. Weird, right? Yes, I squirreled. One month down with 11 more to go and the inner gremlins are already having a field day. I have set my goal and I am not giving up… So this is not an option for me
2. Exercise some discipline, and just go ahead and do it.
Since procrastination is sometimes a sign you don’t want or need to do the thing you’re dreading, then Option #1 is a good choice for you. Now this doesn’t apply to paying filing taxes (you have until April 17th), paying bills, or picking kids up from school. Then there are times when procrastination is a sign of perfectionism, stubbornness, or lack of self-discipline. In these cases, you have the power to change. Are you in this category? If so, Option 2 is your best choice. The bottom line is not to make the task or project a big deal. Break it into smaller pieces and just get started. Sometimes easier said then done, right?
So what is it you need to do? Don’t wait for inspiration to hit you — just start! I always want to wait for the “right time”. Is there ever a perfect time to step out of your comfort zone? You don’t have to feel like doing something to do it. Once you are int the process of starting, your mood develops and the inspiration comes. And even if it doesn’t, the feeling of relief after completing a project you’ve been dreading is well worth it.
My challenge to you:
Stop procrastinating. Get it done!
Share with us what you been putting off? What step will you take today to move forward?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!