Lots of people struggle with procrastination. It can get you into a lot of trouble on a personal basis, but when it comes to keeping your business in line procrastinating can lead to absolute disaster. When you have goals that have to be met as an employer you can’t afford to keep putting things off. In fact, procrastinating can literally kill your business. If you ever find yourself struggling to get the motivation up to get through your day you can turn to these helpful tips to keep going and get your business back on the productive track.
Do the Most Difficult Thing First Every Day
The start of the day is when you have the most energy. You have a long list of to-dos, and you know that you probably won’t get to them all. It’s easy to want to “warm up” in the mornings. You want to handle the easy tasks. You check your email, write a simple business letter, and make the easy phone calls. You have a pretty good hour or two, and you feel like you’re already knocking the day out of the park. You’ve gotten so much accomplished! And then you look at your to-do list and all of a sudden it’s full of hard things. You’ve been doing things all morning, and now you have to do these tough things? That’s probably not going to happen.
That’s why you should always put off the easy things and get those big things out of the way right away. You’re never going to be more ready to handle it than you are early in the day. Once you’ve gotten that out of the way you can reward yourself with those easy things that you can take care of in a couple of hours. Do it this way and you’ll have more energy and get things taken care of much quicker.
Put Yourself on the Clock like Any Employee
Sometimes you can get so caught up being your own boss that you forget that you’re also your own employee. If you’re having a hard time focusing on work when there are so many Facebook games to be played, maybe you need to put yourself on the clock. Give yourself a fair amount of time to get your work done, but not enough that you can slack off. You only have two hours to get through a stack of phone calls and settle all the bills for the past month. Better get cracking, right? By limiting your time like you would any employee’s you’re introducing motivation back into your life. You might need a penalty if that alone doesn’t get you cracking.
Review Missed Opportunities
This isn’t about beating yourself up for past mistakes. Just because you procrastinated once and it lost you a big client (or something of the sort) doesn’t mean that you have to punish yourself forever. If you find yourself lacking for inspiration and motivation, simply pull out a past mistake. Think of all the extra work you had to do once that bad thing happened. That could have been avoided if you’d just done something up front. If you’re easy on yourself you’ll take this memory as a reminder, not a punishment.
Try to Work a Little Ahead of Schedule so a Slow Day Doesn’t Doom You
The best thing that you can do is do more on days when you have more motivation. You don’t want to run yourself ragged, but if you could put in an extra hour cheerfully one day, do it. That way when you get an attack of procrastination you have a little bit of cushion.