Hi, I’m Deanna and I am the poster child for procrastination. LOL! Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. Anything really. And I am an expert.
There’s been many times where I totally meant to apply for that coaching program but missed the deadline. Or I was definitely going to send a proposal to a potential new client, but waited too long. And here’s the one that get’s me every time… I simply waited too long to take advantage of a sale price on a hot new piece of tech.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still get a lot of stuff done. I just don’t ever feel spacious in my schedule because of my tendancy to be so last minute. The bigger issue with procrastination, in my opinion, is the missed opportunities that result from it.
Procrastination is what keeps us working late at night to make a deadline, costs us money in late fees, and even costs us big in business.
If you’re like me and are prone to procrastination, here are some techniques that have worked to help me overcome procrastination and I hope they can work for you too.
Recognizing that fear is a cause of procrastination.
Believe it or not the thing that keeps us most stuck is fear. We’re afraid that even with that amazing coach we might not reach our goals, so we put off applying. We’re afraid that we’ll look bad when compared to other proposals, so we just don’t send one. But if you want to be successful in business (and life for that matter), you must learn to recognize and face your fears, then do the work anyway.
Whenever I am working on something and I feel fear start to set in, I grab my journal. Then I write about my fear. About where it shows up in my body, I write freely and judgment free. I learned this in a creative journaling course I took a while back. Here is a great article with some journaling prompts to help you overcome fear.
Visualize the life and business you desire.
Imagine what it will be like to have that amazing business you’ve been dreaming about. Picture your ideal workday, daydream about that fabulous vacation you’ll take with your friends or family, and imagine VIP days with your ideal client.
It’s okay to give yourself a little incentive for getting $h!t done. Take yourself out to lunch; buy those new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing; take an afternoon off.
The most important part of overcoming procrastination is for you to do what’s most likely to motivate you to power through your fears and take the next step.
Have you ever missed out on an opportunity because of procrastination? What did you do to keep it from preventing future ones? I’d love to hear any tips you have and also, make sure to let me know if any of these tips worked for you!
Lots of love,