How to release your blocks and overcome Procrastination
To overcome Procrastination, you must identify and understand it
In this post, I want to share something with you that almost ruined my business, I was ready to give it up, let it go and I this is the reason why this topic is very significant to me, today.
I want to talk about Procrastination.
We all would have faced procrastination at some time in our lives. Everyone of us. We delay, hesitate, avoid things which will ultimately cause us some form of pain. It’s a safety mechanism to keep us from the pain. I remember even at school I procrastinated, putting off assignments or coursework until the night before it was due to be handed in, gosh, I even remember seeing others in the class rushing to do their work on the morning bus!
For me, procrastination became a snowball effect and I realised that I desperately needed to do something to overcome it and get my behaviour changed because I did not put so much effort into my business to just give it up and the whole reason I started it was to create freedom for myself and my Family, in time, money and location.
What is procrastination?
Cambridge Dictionary Definition: the act of delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring.
What does this all mean in simple language. Well, you have a task to do, a project to start, course to create, book to write and publish. You have every intention in doing it but you sit down to start and you freeze. You hit a block. You’re stuck. You choose to browse emails, look at YouTube videos, read articles online or do something else which distracts you from the actual task in hand or getting started. Before you know it, hours have gone past and you haven’t accomplished anything meaningful or that you need to do and you still have a bunch of tasks to complete and worse, some of those tasks have imminent deadlines. You tell yourself you can do this tomorrow, the next day or someday.
To overcome procrastination, you need to understand it
The very first step in overcoming procrastination, is understanding the cause for you doing it. Procrastinators think of what’s going on right now and if they feel pain they need to relieve it instantly. They neither learn from the past nor look further into the future.
There could be many reasons why you are procrastinating;
- You need instant gratification. You need to complete a task to feel a sense of accomplishment, you’ve sought an immediate result when you do the smaller tasks but lack motivation to continue when starting the longer and more time consuming projects.
- You don’t have a clear vision or a purpose
- You are stressed about something, it’s on your mind and you can’t concentrate
- You may feel or actually may not have the experience or knowledge in how to prioritise your work / tasks
- You might be holding fear. Fear of failing, being inadequate, fearing success.
- You’re bored, you find the task you’re given or need to undertake, boring. You dislike it or find it difficult
What are the steps? How do I begin to overcome procrastination?
I want to share with you the proven methods, in my own experience, in overcoming procrastination. I can tell you, these are the absolute key steps which allowed me to release the blocks which were holding me back and saw me procrastinate day after day, hour after hour.
1. Gain absolute clarity
If you don’t have a true purpose or know why you’re doing what you’re doing, have a true vision for your life and adopt the right positive mindsets, chances are higher than not that you will never get to grips and overcome your procrastination. Reason being: you won’t be motivated. Having clarity on your purpose, knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing, will always relight the motivation when you feel low. You’ll reflect on your WHY and be able to take immediate and massive action.
2. Break your overall project down into manageable tasks
You will need to break large tasks down into manageable bite size chunks. This will alleviate the stress you feel about the whole task. Why? It will make the project manageable. Mark Twain said…
this is totally, 100% true.
3. Planning in advance, with the right plan, is absolutely essential
Planning in advance really is essential. If you plan the afternoon/night before, you wake up the very next Morning knowing EXACTLY what you need to accomplish on that day. You’re not floundering on the Morning of your new day (this is a huge time waster in itself) and distractions will start coming through BEFORE you have scheduled the work you’re going to do. You will need to plan what you need to do and the order in which you need to do it, you need to set your daily priorities, what you need to prepare and where you will complete the task. I recommend using 10-20 minutes the afternoon/evening before for planning your next day. Write it down on paper and add it to your diary. Commit.
I have a daily plan, weekly plan and monthly plan, prioritised and in order.
Top Tip: Visualise the entire process of the task/project your working on. Get super specific and ensure you get it in the diary.
If you do not plan, you do not have a clear commitment to getting the task done. Plan. Schedule it in. Commit. Accomplish.
4. Get a success partner
My Husband and my lovely friend Emily are 2 people who I consider my immediate success partners. I tell them my plans, they listen and they feed back to me. I trust them both implicitly and have a huge amount of respect for them both. I look to them both to offload my ideas, plans, wins and losses. They listen to my plans and progress and they both provide me with encouragement and ideas where and if they can. I find having my Husband and Emily as my success partners, they keep me aligned to my goals and plans. They are 2 people I would not like to disappoint and just speaking to them about my plans and ideas, in person, allows me to mentally log accountability for myself.
5. [One of my personal favourites!] Get up and be active!
Shake those arms, do star jumps, dance, exercise. Just get moving. Put on a blaster of a playlist (I just love music for my mood boosting method) Then, get to work on your action plan. It’s amazing how this helps with my motivation and energy. I do it daily – thank goodness my walls don’t have eyes or ears 😀
I really do hope you found this post helpful, procrastination isn’t nice, like I said before, my procrastination beliefs and habits almost ruined my business, I was ready to give it up. I spent so much time researching and experimenting with various methods because I needed to break out of it.
Take the info above and apply it. Information is useless unless you apply it, take massive action and make a change – today.
You don't need to do this alone - I am here as your support mechanism
I want to truly be a support mechanism for you to overcome procrastination, so much so, I have created an in depth course filled with the methods I used to help me overcome procrastination. I still use these very methods every day in my business.