As a small-business owner, you always need to be at the top of your game. You’re the person the whole team looks to for inspiration. You’re the one they’re going to emulate.
But let’s be honest. Even though you’re a leader, you’re still human. So like everyone else, there are going to be tasks throughout your day you want to avoid. They’re simply not fun.
Most of us would love to be able to “blink them away” from our list of things to do. Unfortunately, we don’t have that magic power. So instead, we rationalize why we just can’t get these projects done.
But being successful requires that certain things are taken care of in a timely fashion. If not, you’ll found out the hard way that putting things off does not necessarily make them go away. In fact, if you don’t give them proper attention, you’re actually putting your business or team at a disadvantage.
So how do you avoid procrastination? Here are five things to keep in mind.
Understand what’s at stake. What are the benefits of doing or not doing those I-totally-want-to-avoid-them tasks? If you’re still waffling on completing those chores, get the good and bad points down on paper. Seeing them in black and white makes them real. It’ll get you moving.
Set clear priorities. We all love the idea of being the hero, but a lack of focus on what is necessary will cause us to be the goat. Who or what are the areas that are most important to you right now?
Realize growing comes from doing. Everyone wants their business or team to improve. You must attack the necessary to arrive at the desired.
Identify what is holding you back. Oftentimes, fear or nervousness about the outcome prevents certain tasks. Think about reconciling P&Ls and bank statements or calling on past-due accounts. These items are very necessary to the state of your business, and almost every one of us wants to avoid doing them. Left unattended, they can cause unnecessary setbacks.
Get a mentor. Find someone who will call you out and up to your goals. Think of them as a guide to help you identify obstacles and plan to deal with those hurdles. You can collaborate with this person and share your heart.
As you make your to-do list, attack a few of the less desirable tasks early in the day. You will feel better and more accomplished because those want-to-avoid chores are completed and in your rear view.
There are benefits to getting things done. Remember, procrastination extends the travel time to the desired destination.
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