4 simple steps to stop wasting your time with procrastination and start getting more from your business. If you want to run a successful business it’s time to get on with it, stop procrastinating and start producing!
- Always have a deadline: To stop the cycle of wasting time you need to have a clear picture of the finish line. Just like a well honed athlete, when starting a race you need to have a destination for your business, you need to have a deadline for your projects or tasks. Reaching milestones or deadlines gives you a feeling of accomplishment, so just like the world class athlete who crosses the finish line you need to reward yourself when you reach your deadline with a gift, a reward or even a medal.
- Focus your work using the 10-2-5 rule: This simple calculation can be applied to make your work day more productive. Do 10 minutes of focused on point work: phone calls, emails, or messages then take a 2 minute break. Practice this 5 times in a row each day and see how amazing the results can be. Passive work is not focused work, you actually have to connect with people to sell your products and services. Reach out and truly interact with people.
- Do the hard stuff first: The key to not getting stuck in your workday is to do the hard tasks first and reward yourself with the fun or easier tasks later in the day. This gets the pressure off of you and alleviates your mind from the worries of tackling the tough tasks. Jump in and start your day with a fierce, can do, attitude and slay those bigger dragons right out of the gate.
- Hold yourself accountable: I read somewhere that the best way to hold yourself accountable to your workday hours is to donate to charity a set amount of money for each hour wasted in your day. That means if your workday is 4 hours a day and you waste 1 of those hours with procrastination then you keep a running tally and pick a dollar amount, say $5, for each hour wasted. At the end of each month donate that dollar amount to your favorite charity. The hope is that each month you donate less money and achieve more of your business goals.
Following your own written guideline will help you get the most from your workday and the ultimate goal of a successful and thriving business.