How to stop procrastinating, in 8 steps

Business Insider | 1/12/2017 | Martin Zwilling, Inc.
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If you are a chronic procrastinator, or your work partner is one, there is never enough advance notice to get things done without a crisis.

You can't get things done on time unless you get started on time. Otherwise, your business and your career suffers, and you may never even see it coming.


Luckily, this is a malady that can be cured if you are willing to make a few adjustments.

As a long-time business advisor and entrepreneur mentor, I see this problem all too often. The reality of running any business or startup is that there are always things you don't enjoy doing, and it's always tempting to focus more on items you have a passion for.

Things - People - Money - Plan

Other things, like hiring and firing people, raising money, and building a strategic plan get pushed off until it's too late.

The solution is to recognize that we all have bad habits, and ask for an honest assessment and recommendations from a business advisor you trust, before the pain is severe.

Outsider - Symptoms - Guide - Series - Techniques

It's easier for an outsider to recognize the symptoms and guide you through a series of techniques, including the following, to get you back on track:

It's more fun to look forward to the reward rather than the work. For example, instead of dreading the necessary business plan creation, plan an afternoon trip to a ball game after finishing to look forward to.

Success - Reward - Later

It's important to reward every small success, rather than delay for a big reward later.

The worst form of procrastination occurs when you pretend the work items don't even exist, or you don't remember the important items. Documenting your work list will help force you to prioritize and schedule it.

People - Satisfaction - Items

Many people find great satisfaction in just checking off completed items.

Tackle your biggest challenges when you have the most energy, rather than starting with the easy things.

If you...
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