Procrastination is something we all find ourselves doing. It can quickly become a habit, though, and cause nurse entrepreneurs to let their dreams sail by.
Procrastination will derail your business success faster than a missed business meeting, a hacked website, or a social media blunder. In habit form, it will sabotage even the best business plan. Successful people have learned to circumvent procrastination by implementing a few good strategies.
1. Ditch Perfectionism
Perfectionists will put things off out of fear, until they’re certain they can produce exceptional results. But in reality, they just reduce their efficiency by analysis paralysis.
It’s important to realize that getting the job done is more important than doing it perfectly. No one’s perfect, and no one expects you to be perfect. Instead, focus on meeting the deadline, not letting down team members, and providing what is needed.
If perfectionism is at the heart of your procrastination, give yourself permission to let go a little and get it done.
2. Consider The Impact Your Procrastination Has on Others
Sometimes we’re so busy agonizing over a task, we don’t stop to consider how failing to complete it will affect others. By procrastinating, we could be causing a ripple effect that forces team members to miss deadlines or pull up the slack. It may also damage personal relationships if plans with loved ones suffer at the expense of trying to complete a task that had been put off until the last minute.
Seeing the effect our procrastination has on others may be just what’s needed to end the cycle.
3. Add Only Your Highest Priority Items to Your To-Do List
Do you over-estimate what you can get done in a day? If so, keep your to-do list small, with no more than your top three priorities.
Leaving just ONE task on your to-do list is ok, and in fact, may work even better than having two or three. If you do this every day, your mind will start cueing you to regard that one task as absolutely crucial. Not only will it get done, you’ll probably also find the time to complete a few more.
4. Remove Non-Essential Tasks From Your To-Do List
Over-filling your to-do list can easily lead to exhaustion and overwhelm. And when we feel like there’s way too much to do, we tend to respond by doing nothing at all! Remove non-essential or less critical tasks from your to-do list.
You may be surprised at how lifting that burden from your shoulders can give you the energy to move forward again. Lose the ball and chain and get more done.
5. Connect With The Positive Results of Completing the Task
People sometimes procrastinate because they fail to see the connection between the task they’re facing and the goal they’re working toward. Re-connect with why you need to complete the task, what the possible rewards or payoffs will be, and what its effect will be on your finances, relationships, and self-respect. When you re-connect with your “why,” it becomes much easier to stop putting things off that lead you toward your goal.
Procrastination is no friend to nurse entrepreneurs. It’s not a habit of success. Resolve now, that procrastination will not stand in the way of realizing your dreams. Discover why it’s been a problem in the past, throw away guilt or excuses, and start moving forward today!
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