I’ve been trying to write a blog post on procrastination for three days now but all I have to show for it is a tidy cupboard and well-manicured nails. I’m joking, of course.
Yet what I’m describing is a common scenario. You write a to do list, then add to it or transfer items to the next day until overwhelm and inertia set in.
What is it that really holds you back? What do you have to do to accomplish what you say you want?
Here is my proven success formula:
1) Make a start. Even if you don’t get it finished right now starting IS the hardest part. Once you’ve got your trainers on you know you’re going for a run. When you’ve got an idea for a business flesh it out. If the cursor is flashing on the screen you can’t help but write something, right? Book the appointment with the business advisor if that’s your next step. Breathe life into your desires however big or small. They’re yours. Nurture them.
2) Share your goals. You don’t have to run out and tell the world what you plan to do but finding a good confidante for the big goals will help in a number of ways. It makes you accountable, it helps you see things from a new perspective, and it gives you a cheerleader to help drown out lingering doubt.
3) Make it a ritual. We become what we do most often. Running once a year does not make you a runner. You need to prepare and train. Just by looking at people you can tell who works out regularly and who visits the gym only for special offers. Whatever your goal make consistent steps towards it and celebrate your achievement. Progress is what makes us happy.
4) Move your body. Keep moving your body so that the energy is pumping. Take a break, go for a walk, do (be) yoga, or put on some funky music and dance. Changing your environment keeps the mind fresh and that’s what you want to inject into your desires. If you feel yourself getting frustrated or bored move away; sitting there isn’t going to make it any easier. Sleeping on it is not procrastination if you really are at war with something. Allow the mind to turn it over in a constructive way. You’ll be wowed by the results.
5) Create the time. Stop convincing yourself that you don’t have time. If George Clooney or Cameron Diaz had a plus one dinner invite with your name on it tonight you would find the time. If something is important to you prioritise it now.
6) Done is better than perfect. As a recovering perfectionist you have no idea how hard that was for me to write. Seriously though, get it started and go back to edit, or tweak it, because then you can really flourish. Just waiting to see if someone invites you to speak at an event, if they invite you for the third time to join a group, or if that job vacancy is still available, makes no sense. Take action and add the finishing touches as you go. Gaining momentum is the key.
PS – I decided to write this blog at 5.15pm. It’s ready to go out there at 6.21pm. Done is better than perfect remember! When the idea strikes, act on it. Committed to accomplishing your dreams? Join me for a complimentary discovery session and find out how.