Procrastination: the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority.
Who isn’t guilty of putting off tasks they don’t like every once in awhile? The most organised people procrastinate. Yes, even we do it occasionally.
The real trouble with procrastination however, is that it not only zaps you of your productivity, but also of your energy. When an important task is left undone, it continues to linger in the back of your mind, often creating feelings of guilt or anxiety. Have you ever noticed how, once you completed the dreaded thing, you felt so much better and had this great feeling of accomplishment? So how come this happens every time you have to do it?
Let’s take a look at what can cause people to procrastinate in the first place:
The Brussels Sprout Effect
Let’s face it, there are some tasks that just stink and you hate doing. Be it credit control, tweeting or organising events. When a task falls into this category, you need to ask yourself why you are still forcing yourself to do them (or in this case putting them off), when you could just as easily delegate them to someone else.
The Mount Everest Effect
Projects and tasks that are very complex can seem overwhelming at first and it often becomes challenging to prioritise and keep on track. We use a technique we call Oodles of Doodles, which is basically a more fun description for mind mapping. It helps if you dump all jobs you need to do on a piece of paper first and then group them into categories, then add deadlines, then resources. If you still find yourself struggling, it may be time to enlist the help of an expert.
The Vertigo Effect
Some tasks and jobs come with an emotional charge, making them easy to put off and therefore the harder to change. If, for example, you are fearful of numbers because your maths teacher was a right old git, chances are you are not going to enjoy accounting as much as someone who doesn’t associate unhappy feelings with said job. The good thing is that you don’t have to do it yourself. Make it easier on yourself and outsource such tasks.
The Too Tired to Tango Effect
Sometimes the reason for procrastination is a simple matter of lack of energy. You’ve been working around the clock, you can’t remember your last day off and there is only one of you. It’s a dilemma many business owners, especially solopreneurs, face. The good news is that you don’t have to battle it alone. There are many companies out there dedicated to help businesses and Prima PA is only one of them.
Now what is it that you keep putting off and why? How could you tackle it today and finally put the DO in getting things DOne?