We all know what it feels like to get stuck, to procrastinate, to feel mired in our work and totally unmotivated to keep on with it. When we procrastinate, we start to get caught up in thinking that we’re not going to make it through to the end of our to-do lists. But there is hope: Breaking through a procrastination phase can be as simple as remembering these 5 tips:
1) Ask yourself if fear is holding you back.
You might be afraid of success because you can’t imagine your life being better than it is now. You might be afraid of failure because you want everything to go according to plan and you don’t like the idea of things here and there going wrong. You might be afraid of what other people will say about you, whether you succeed or fail. Whatever the case may be, identify your fear and take action anyway, before you let it hold you back a second longer.
2) Waiting won’t help you.
We have the tendency to wait, as though everything will fix itself if we just sit back and don’t do anything. In business, a better strategy is to take massive action in spite of how scared or unprepared you feel. Don’t stress over the details. The only way to learn/get results/move forward is to forget about waiting and take massive action in whatever you’re working on. Waiting usually only brings regret.
3) Small does not equal unimportant.
Sometimes, we put off small tasks because they don’t seem important. However, small tasks are what bar us from completing large ones—and that’s what makes them important. And if you find that you simply don’t have the time to complete all the small tasks you have before you, you might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant to get them out of the way for you. Maintaining your Facebook account is a small but important task, for example, but you wouldn’t want that to get in the way of the time you need to take to design your next e-course.
4) Scheduled focus.
Trying to work for long periods of time can be exhausting and overwhelming. An easy habit to develop, which could help you work faster with more concentration, would be to work in 60-minute increments, spaced out by 15-minute breaks. This should help you to create a better workflow.
5) Keep your dream in front of you.
You won’t feel motivated to get anything done if you don’t remind yourself of your dream. What is your dream? Why are you up at 3AM preparing for a launch? Why did you leave your corporate job or quit college to start a business? Why are you allowing yourself to be seen as different and unpredictable compared to everyone else in your social circle? Because you have a dream! There’s something inside of you that you just can’t live without, and you have to constantly remind yourself of it so that everyone moment you pour into your business feels like it has a purpose.
I hope these tips will help you get more done faster, and with more concentration!