Procrastination is deadly. It keeps you from being a productive entrepreneur, which can easily doom your startup. If you can’t get things done in a timely fashion, your endeavor will fall behind, and that might be all it takes for everything to fall apart. Here are 10 things you can do to fight off the weight of procrastination:
1. Keep Your Workspace Professional
Distractions are deadly to your productivity. Anything that draws your attention away from work is something that can cause you to procrastinate. The best way to avoid this is to minimize distractions in the first place. Stay away from televisions, unrelated electronic devices, and random noise. You will also want to limit access to social media, which is a notorious time eater.
2. Chop Down a Large Task
Large tasks can be intimidating; so intimidating that you end up subconsciously putting things off. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make things look easier to do. Cutting up a big task into its component objectives and steps can make it seem more manageable. You’re still doing the same amount of work, but that fact that it seems smaller makes it mentally easier to manage.
3 Sort Out Why You’re Procrastinating
One of the best ways to beat procrastination as an entrepreneur is to find out what’s causing it. Sometimes, it’s because you’re lazy, but often it’s a symptom of something else. You might have half a mind to put off things because you’re tired. Other times, it might be because you’re hungry. In extreme cases, it might be dissatisfaction with the way things are going. Looking inside yourself may give you the answer that pushes you to work.
4. Set Perfection Aside
The urge to make everything perfect might not drive you mad, but it can certainly cause you to procrastinate every now and then. You can easily freeze up just thinking about how else everything could be done better. It’s a strange reason for your productivity to dip, but it happens. The good news is you don’t need to be perfect for your startup to succeed. Plenty of companies were born full of mistakes. You can always improve on what you’ve done in the future, but you can’t make something better if you don’t get anything done. Done is better than perfect.
5. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Work isn’t fun. Most of the time it’s boring, tedious, and difficult. Yet your startup cannot grow if you don’t put in the work. A good way to look past the arduousness of the grind is to simply keep your eye on the prize. Visualizing the benefits and results of a good day at work can give you the energy and drive to power through whatever ennui you may be experiencing