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Stop procrastinating tomorrow

Waiting for the perfect moment could derail necessary actions to move your business forward

A clever and maybe funny pun, but procrastination isn’t a laughing matter.

In fact, procrastination can be severely impacting your business.

It can affect sales, revenue, and employee happiness. But when work is tough and no news sounds good, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll handle the hard stuff on a better day. The problem is there will never be a perfect day to do the hard things.

So, here’s how you can tackle today, what you could put off for tomorrow.

6 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination is an excellent way to miss opportunities, and no one wants that. If you’ve found yourself procrastinating a lot recently, it’s time to get it under control. Take back your tomorrow, and get things done today with these tips and mental shifts.

Get Control

“I just don’t feel like it” is a common nagging feeling for many people these days. Feeling overwhelmed by the level of work, the high cost of living, and a dozen other worries, it’s easy to put things off. But most of those things won’t go away.

You need to shift your mindset from one of passivity to one of action. Tackling the hard stuff will give you a sense of accomplishment and make you feel like you are back in the driver’s seat again.

Figure Out How You Work Best

Decide if you are the type of person who wants to start your day off accomplishing several small tasks quickly or the largest/hardest one first. Learn these things about how you like to work and implement strategies around them.

Recognize Your Self Deception

Why are you putting things off? Do you put off big tasks because you feel overwhelmed, or do you put off small tasks thinking you shouldn’t be wasting your large blocks of time and get to them later?

Determine your most common excuse and address it. Stop giving yourself outs.

Take One Bite at a Time

Since most of us tend to procrastinate the big projects, another way to combat that is by breaking big projects into smaller segments or bites. As you check off each of the smaller segments, you’ll feel more accomplished and build momentum.

Plus, smaller bites provide you with natural stopping points so you can switch gears or take a break and come back refreshed.

Give Yourself a Deadline

It’s easy to table things that don’t have a deadline, especially if most of your work is deadline-driven.

When that happens, the pieces that don’t have deadlines get lost in a pressured environment. Whether you are assigning the task to yourself, or someone is assigning it to you, make sure everything in the pipeline has a deadline. That way, it is less apt to be set aside.

Procrastination can make you miss out on a lot with your business, but it can also make you feel plagued by guilt, anxiety, and a feeling of underperformance or underachievement. Conquer what you are putting off today so that you can feel more empowered and closer to your goals.

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