1. Write it Down
Sometimes the simple of act of writing something down can have a large impact. I have no problem admitting that I don’t get anything done unless I write it down. All of us have busy lives with what feels like a never ending to do list. Actually writing out a daily to do list helps me to stay focused and actually get things done. You can check out some list apps, use the notes section on your phone, or simply use pen and paper to write out your daily goals.
2. Make a Deadline
When you work for yourself, it can be especially hard not to procrastinate. Especially when what you are working on isn’t for a particular client. When I find myself starting to slack off on a task that isn’t for a client but still needs to be done, I immediately set myself a deadline. Having personal deadlines motivates me and writing them on a calendar makes it feel that much more important that I complete the task by a specific time.
3. Remind Yourself Why You Want To Do It
Occasionally, running a business and two blogs can catch up to me. I love what I do for a living but just like any job, even a dream job has it’s not so fun days. During these times, it is important to remind myself why I love what I do and what I am working toward in the future. Doing this will ensure that you can work through the less desirable tasks and get back to the ones you love!
4. Limit Distractions
Procrastination and being distracted seem to go hand in hand. I find it almost impossible not to procrastinate if I am being distracted repeatedly by multiple sources. In order to avoid this, try working in a place where distractions will be at a minimum. If you think that the lure of facebook and twitter will distract you throughout your workday, you can use an app that will block them for a scheduled time period so that you can focus on what is in front of you.
5. Schedule Breaks
Mini breaks throughout the day can do wonders when it comes to staying focused. Rather then spending 45 minutes looking at happy babies and people’s lunches on facebook, give yourself a 10 minute break from work to check all your social media sites. Limiting yourself to 10 minutes will allow you to actually focus on important or helpful social media interactions rather than just wasting time. On your next 10 minute break, take a walk outside to clear your mind, refocus, and get your creative juices flowing.
6. Enlist a Friend
If you are really having trouble staying on task, enlist a motivated friend to keep you from procrastinating. On Monday, let them know what you are working on at work and at the end of each day, update them on your progress. When you are an entrepreneur or when you work from home, you don’t have anyone breathing down your back to make sure you are not procrastinating. The simple act of having to let someone know what you did at the end of the day may be enough to make you actually stay on task.
Do you have any other tips or tricks for avoiding procrastination? I would love to hear them!