Stop Putting it Off Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 283

From Merriam-Webster: To procrastinate is to go against the old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Appropriately, the word procrastinate has the Latin word cras, meaning “tomorrow,” tucked inside it, because when you procrastinate you often are putting something off until the next day……

Consider this scenario:

“This is a perfect time to get some work done.”

(Your brain)…”Nope. Let’s watch a bunch of YouTube videos and then a Ted Talk, think about calling a client, and end up having pizza and watching interviews with Justin Bieber’s mom!”

By then it’s 2:00 and you have an appointment at 4:30, so it’s really too late to start any work at this point.

Does this sound at all like you? If yes, it’s time to push that procrastination thinking aside and begin to look at ways to jumpstart your business thinking and get back on track.

Here are a few ways to get going:

  • Make a written schedule and commit to stick to it.
  • Keep your calendar in front of you, in full view, and don’t avoid looking at it and the upcoming day’s work.
  • Cross off each task upon completion.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Any work not completed for that day should be moved to the next day.
  • Have a regular start and end time and stick to it!
  • Clean off your desk, computer, paperwork and mail at the end of each work day and detach.
  • Start the next day renewed, reinvigorated and ready to take on the tasks at hand.
  • Don’t over schedule your calendar. Work in small units that are attainable. No one can eat a whole elephant in one sitting!

Even the most disciplined entrepreneurs can fall prey to occasional procrastination, even myself. I’ve learned to go into the skid, but when I come out of it, I re-navigate and to stay on course, and accomplish much more than I did. I don’t beat myself up but use it as a springboard to move on ahead with greater fortitude and vigor.

Whatever you do, stop putting it off!

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