Procrastination Is Killing Your Business: 4 Ways to Stop

Do you need to complete a task but can’t find the motivation to get started?Stop Procrastinating

Merriam-Webster define procrastination as “to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.” To procrastinate is to go against the old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Stop procrastination from holding you back.

 

Here Are Five Ways To Stop Putting Things Off


1. Make a list

Make a list of all the tasks you need to do for the day and how long each task should take. This will help you stay on task. Post it where you can see it and refer back to it throughout the day.

Start with your least favorite tasks so when you get to the ones you like to do, they won’t take as much energy.

 

2. Get a reality check

Quit telling yourself that you can complete the task later. Quit telling yourself you have plenty of time to do it, when you really don’t. Give yourself a deadline and stick to it.

You might think since the task is easy and can do it at any time. But when the deadline arrives, you realize you don’t have enough time to do it. What’s the result? The task doesn’t get done in time, It makes you look bad and your self-esteem goes down the tubes.

 

3. Remove distractions

Making a list and getting a reality check will not work if you can’t concentrate. Keep distractions as far away as possible. If you like watching TV, don’t work in the leaving room and don’t have a TV in your office. Figure out what’s distracting you and stay away from it.

 

4. Reward yourself

When you reach a goal, reward yourself. It could be a bowl of ice cream from your favorite ice cream shop or a nice lunch. Reward yourself for a job well done.

Instead of focusing on the negative, on what you do wrong, focus on the positive, on what you do right. Taking the positive approach will keep you focused and less likely to burn out.

You don’t have to reward yourself all the time, just now and then. All that ice cream is not good for you.

 

There’s An App For That


Technology has made it easier for us to get things done faster and better. If you want to get thing done faster and efficiently, there’s an app for that.

Here are five I like to use.

 

1. Any.Tools To Help You Stop Procrastinationdo

If you make a lot of to-do lists, this is the app for you. Any.do helps you organize personal tasks, work projects, and lists. Tasks and lists can be synced across all of your devices, whether you are online or not.

 

 

 

 

 Tools To Help You Stop Procrastination2. Evernote

Evernote serves as a digital bookmark by collecting all of the online information you want to save. This handy app allows you to save web pages, pictures, PDF files, and more. You can also save notes and reminders. Evernote comes in three levels: basic, plus, and premium.

 

 

 Tools To Help You Stop Procrastination3. LastPass

Do you often lose valuable time looking for (or trying to remember) a laundry list of logins and passwords? Luckily, the LastPass app can help you keep tabs on passwords for all of your accounts. The app can be used for both password storage and password generation.

 

 

4. MailboxTools To Help You Stop Procrastination

If you’re drowning in email, Mailbox will take care of that for you. This app neatly organizes email so that you can read it at a set time. Emails can be archived and then returned to your inbox at a specific time so you can focus on messages that are more urgent. It’s as easy as swiping an email directly into your trash or archive. Some of the available time options include “later today,” “tomorrow,” “next week,” “in a month,” and “someday.”

 

Tools To Help You Stop Procrastination5. Pocket

The Internet is full of interesting articles. However, there’s just not enough time in the day to read them all during your lunch break. That’s where the Pocket app comes in. This tiny helper lets you save articles, pictures, and videos in one place so that you can view them later. You have the option of saving from your web browser or from apps such as Twitter and Pulse.

 

Do you have any tips on how to stop procrastination? Let us know by commenting below.

 

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This article has 8 Comments

  1. Hey Sandel

    I do belive that we are all victims of procrastination because it’s all too easy to fall for the distractions in life or put things off for another day, which never happens!

    When it comes to building a business, people should be disciplined and learn to apply positive habits if they want success.

    I really appreciate the 4 ways you have shared to stop procrastination, and Thanks for the Awesome App recommendations to help my online business.

    Neil

    1. Glad I could help Neil. We’re not perfect, we’re human. It will happen. The key is being able to know when it’s happening and getting back on track

  2. Great post!! I didn’t think I was a procrastinator until I read your post and then I realised I have been procrastinating over the work I do in Wealthy Affiliate. Sure I do the work but until recently I hadn’t set any goals that really fired me up. So now I have and I’m taking them seriously. I have set a date that I intend to have my first Internet sale by.

    The Aps you suggest look good too. I’ve used Evernote before and I liked it.

    Thanks again for a great post.

    Deb

  3. Love your site, and enjoyed reading your content. Think we are all guilty of procrastination sometimes. And think your advice is great, will definitely be using them,
    I like the – get a reality check advice. I used to do that all the time, saying ‘oh i will do it later, I will do it tomorrow,’ but quickly learnt that tomorrow never comes!
    I think it’s so important to stick to a routine and stay on track because once you go off track everything goes to pot! And it’s hard to get back on
    Thanks for the information.

  4. This is a great post on procrastination. It really is the killer of motivation and dreams. We all suffer from it from time to time and I’m no different. It affects me most when I know I have a lot of writing to do.

    I’ll definitely try some of your tips and maybe give one of those tools you recommend a go. Whatever works and whatever it takes to get things done.

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