I remember driving along on a beautiful day in Illinois when a thought hit me out of the blue. Even though I was at peace in the moment, there were a pile of things needing my attention that made my chest tighten and feel like speeding up my driving as if to get things done faster. That’s when it hit me: There were many “Have To’s” nagging at me and many “Want To’s” not getting done. How was a to turn the “Have To’s” into “Want To’s?” Let me teach you some tricks I employ to overcome that deadly word to success: Procrastination!
5 Ways to Overcome Procrastination
1. Tell An Accountability “Partner (or broadcast to your Face Book friends) “When and What” you are Going to Accomplish. That way the social pressure of not losing face will push you into action.
2. Set Yourself up for Success the Night Before.
This could be as simple as clearing your desk and laying out a file to begin first thing the next day.
3. Plan a Reward You Really Will Work For.
Recently I had an opportunity to shop with a friend leaving at 9 a.m. but my Blog was due to be written at that time. Solution? I got up at 6 a.m. and used the leverage to write it from 7-8:30. I was motivated to leave my office to see friends with my work done. It worked!
4. Recognize Your Perfectionism and Go For “Good Enough!”
Sometimes my “messiest” clients are Perfectionists. I can spot them right away because their clothes, finances, goals are all in order, but their desk is a tornado. Why? Because perfectionists don’t want to start until they know the perfect way. Just do the next thing to start!
5. Do You Best and Release the Rest!
Seriously, most successful people just show up doing their best in the available time. Finishing a task is the important goal.
Last weekend I polled several dozen women at a Conference and asked what is the biggest need they have to organize:
Time, Paper, or Home? The answer? Paper.
Good news! This month will be “Organize Your Paper” month in order to get ready for taxes and to just get caught up in the winter. Look for next week’s announcement about our upcoming Paper classes including “How to Get Your papers Ready for Taxes.”
For our Premier Course on “Organize ALL your Paperwork,” go HERE.