Three courses of action to defeat procrastination

Do you have a big business idea? Have you done all the necessary research but can’t seem to get anything done? Welcome to the world of procrastination. We all experience it at some point.

Here are three ways to get over it and get your business going.

  • Stop downloading all the freebies and joining all the free courses

I know we want all the available information. Especially as entrepreneurs, we have a constant need to learn. However, there is such a thing as information overload. Every day our minds are taking in tons of information. There are so many strategies, workflows, and tips available to learn. So many different people are teaching various methods of what you want to learn.

 If you continue to ingest all of this information you come across, eventually you will become overwhelmed. The result of this is a zone called analysis paralysis. Analysis paralysis is that stage we get to where we are analyzing all the information we have without moving forward. That is where most of us with an addiction to free courses get stuck in. 

This is when we keep taking in information without being able to take any action. We end up not doing anything because we have know idea of how to start.

I got stuck in the analysis paralysis stage last year. I was signing up for all the freebies and joining as many courses as I could afford. I probably spent over $6000 on different courses. All of this information did nothing for my progress.

What to do is to research the best one-on-one coach or group coaching program for you. Join the one you feel aligns with your goals and stick to that. When you do this, you get feedback on your progress. You get into the process of taking actionable steps. You become accountable for your investment.

The fastest way to reach your goal is to invest in one particular program that works for you.

  • Aim towards a clear accessible vision.

We all know the importance of having clear big goals. However, start setting shorter-term goals and attach a date you’d like to achieve them. Sometimes, we have a big picture of our goals and their magnitude can make them seem far from our reach. Some days, we feel motivated by the size of our goals and just go for it but most days won’t feel this way.

This leads to procrastination.

Your goals become more accessible and relatable when you break them into smaller achievable sizes. Map your goals in a way that makes it easy to get from point A to point B. This is more realistic than stumbling blindly from point A hoping to reach point Z someday.

By putting a date on your goal, you can be more consistent and intentional.

  • Keep the planning simple

I used to stay in the planning stage forever because I am a perfectionist. I wanted my strategies to be perfect and this only delayed my goal. I had many planners, journals, and calendars but I still wasn’t getting anything done.

That kept me in the same stage for a long time.

I decided to implement Erin May Henry’s form of planning. I started planning my goals in a different way. Here is how to do that.

  1. Pick one day to plan your entire month. You do not have to write every single detail. Just your grand idea for the month.
  2. Every week, set two hours aside to plan for that week. In this instance, break down your goal for this week into details. Think about your income goals, launches, content, etc. Plan all the little details. This makes it a lot easier to take action.

There are many reasons why we procrastinate and it is mainly because of our mindset. Do your daily visualization, meditation, journaling, etc. to work on your mindset. Doing these exercises regularly to take us out of our comfort zone helps to increase our confidence.

Itzel Cuch

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