Procrastination is when you put something off until you have no choice but to do it (which also means that some of those online business building activities you know would make your life easier, never get done) When we are in the throes of it, we will do A N Y T H I N G to avoid the task.
It is how housework gets done! Unless of course the thing you are procrastinating IS the housework, then you will knit that scarf you plan to take with you skiing a year from now.
Most of the time, when you finally sit down to do the task, you find that it was way easier than you expected and you feel exhilarated once it is done. Yet, the next time something comes up that you need time and conscious focus to attend to, you will probably procrastinate again.
Procrastination is a slippery slope because all the activities one does whilst procrastinating are usually clouded with guilt, self-depreciation and angst AND the task you are avoiding, still has to be done!
Now I could take you on a whole longwinded journey about how energy works and how you are pulling up the handbrake in your business every time you procrastinate, however, lets just look at this practically…
The reason we procrastinate is because we don’t know what to do and we think we SHOULD know what to do.
It is that simple!
So simple, that we overlook it. Procrastination sits in our blind spot of behavior and it is the same for everyone the world over.
We all have a build in self-doubt mechanism: For women, it is “ Am I worthy?” and for men “Do I have what it takes?” and we avoid these questions in fear of the answer. Most of us compare ourselves to others and think everyone else has it figured out, except us.
Now, imagine a world where we didn’t think we SHOULD automatically be able to do everything in our businesses. Imagine becoming interested when a challenge arose and setting some time aside to give it our fullest attention with curiosity about what we will learn, because the truth is – they more uncomfortable the task is, the greater the learning will be! Imagine taking the task in our stride and focusing on the benefits we will get once we have fully integrated the task.
We would grow our businesses much faster! That is for sure!
We would experience fewer struggles. Our mood would improve and without the resistance we put against a task by avoiding it, we would experience much more ease and flow (and have very cool online structures in place)
It is how successful entrepreneurs consciously manifest the results they desire!
So next time you find yourself procrastinating, change your approach. After all, you are a bright and capable entrepreneur. If you weren’t, you would have stayed in your cushy corporate job.
Here is my anti-procrastination process:
1. I notice the avoidance warning light switching on as soon as possible (I find that feeling of dread in my gut is as good a sign as any)
2. I set some time aside to do the task (I usually block out time for first thing the next morning and at the end of the day, I spend 15 mins planning my approach & I decide on my self care reward once the task is done) I switch off to the task for the night, trusting that my inner wisdom will tell me what to do.
3. The next morning, I avoid all distractions, including social media & my inbox and I sit down and figure it out!
4. Most of the time, its no biggie (and certainly NOT the huge hurdle I feared). Sometimes, I realize that I need more information or help before I can complete it and I diarize all the steps I must take (usually easy baby steps)
5. If I am learning a new program or app, I document the steps I took so I have an easy reference guide for next time.
6. I remember that Done is better than perfect and I can always course correct if necessary.
As a previous Queen of Procrastination, I can tell you that its all in the mindset and it gets easier and easier.
Remember that every successful entrepreneur was once where you are now!
You already have all the potential you will ever need within you! Tap into your Mojo, get focused and just do it!
The dream of creating time, lifestyle and financial freedom whilst fulfilling your purpose, lives in you for a reason – give it some Champagne for your Soul and trust yourself – You have got this!
Peta Panos is a Transformation Expert who specializes in helping ex corporate High Achievers who are not getting their desired results in their passion based biz: Get the clarity & healing they need to align to their authentic desires; manage their business & energy better AND embody their natural gifts to shine at their fullest potential so they can live the life they KNOW they are meant for.
Peta has gained a wealth of experience through a highly successful 21-year corporate background and 6 years as an entrepreneur.
As a Reiki Master Healer & Certified Intuitive Coach, Peta shares her insight into the subconscious mind and energetic realm in a grounded, practical way so that her clients receive the maximum benefit in the present and the tools & techniques needed for future transformation.
Born and raised in South Africa, this former burnt out CEO changed every aspect of her life at 41. Having made every mistake in the book as she transformed her own life, Peta has cracked the code on what holds us back; how to navigate the subconscious mind and how to access your fullest potential so you can live the life you know you were meant for.