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|Ten Easy Pointers to Help
You Put an End to Procrastination
By Victoria Munro
If you find yourself putting off difficult projects that you don’t enjoy, and if these unfinished tasks tend to move forward on your calendar from one day to the next, then procrastination could be costing you money and increasing your stress. There is a solution!
Procrastination carries a high potential for painful consequences. It often produces feelings of guilt, anxiety and discouragement that decrease our productivity and result in missed opportunities, unmet goals and failure to move a business ahead on schedule. Addressing this issue will prove a good investment of your time and energy.
If you suffer from procrastination, you’re not alone. The majority of small business owners face challenges in this area. Being your own boss can make it more difficult to get things done. Because we have no one to answer to for how we spend our time, it’s easy to get sidetracked with “busywork” instead of tackling those unpleasant but important projects in a timely manner.
We have faced challenges ourselves in this area, have worked with scores of other business owners, and have found practical solutions. Below we’ve listed some suggestions that have helped others to beat procrastination and enjoy more peace of mind as they build their businesses.
10 Easy Pointers to Put an End to Procrastination:
A Note to Perfectionists
Perfectionism often goes hand-in-hand with procrastination. As perfectionists, we sometimes avoid tackling a project because we feel it must be 100% perfect. Because we simply don’t have the time that would take, or we fear that the result may be less than perfect, we have difficulty getting started. We want to do it right or not at all, and we don’t want to face the possibility of making a mistake. It can become a no-win situation.
Acknowledging that you’re human and will inevitably make mistakes, then recognizing mistakes as valuable opportunities to learn really helps. Also, remember that allowing others to see your “humanness” makes you much more appealing and approachable.
Look over the above pointers and make note of changes that would be helpful for you to implement. Don’t allow procrastination to continue stealing your time. Be proactive, put your plans for change in place, and get started now I guarantee you’ll feel terrific about it!
About the Author: Victoria Munro is co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly, a company dedicated to creating success for small-business owners through creatively designed programs and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different businesses. To receive FREE business success articles with tips to help you with your business, sign up for their award-winning ezine, “In-Flight Refueling,” at: LLCwww.Make-it-Fly.com, and receive a free copy of the eBook, Get More Done in Less Time: 101 Quick and Easy Time Tactics & Tips.
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