The first step in solving a problem is identifying there is one. Could you be procrastinating and not even know it?
Recognizing The Various Forms Of Procrastination
Procrastination is avoiding doing what needs to be done. As a business owner, that means avoiding the actions that are actually going to grow your business and advance your goals. But beyond that, procrastination can take many forms. Do any of these sound familiar?
Are you a perfectionist?
Striving for an unattainable standard can be a way to ensure that you never have to risk failing or finding out that your work isn’t good enough.
Are you chronically disorganized?
Spending all your time rummaging through notes or driving back and forth between poorly scheduled appointments, for which you are chronically late, can be an effective method for avoiding the tasks that will really grow your business.
Always reacting to emergencies, phone calls, and emails?
There’s a difference between responsive and reactive. Your clients probably expect a you to respond, but they’ll only expect you to react immediately if you’ve trained them to expect that from you. While it feels good, allowing the priorities of others to always take precedence over your priorities almost guarantees you’re priorities will never be gotten to.
Too overwhelmed by busy work?
Like disorganization or living reactively, it’s easy to allow yourself to mistake busyness for business.
Always changing direction?
Starting lots of projects can feel like progress, but if it’s at the cost of ever finishing one your sense of movement is a false one.
So what to do?
Focusing on three things helped me to turn around and sell within 2 years a business that was losing money, consuming 80+ hours a week of my time, and sucking the life out of me.
Confidence – Developing the self-confidence to put my goals and priorities first not only served me, but served my clients.
Clarity – Without a clear vision of what I wanted I – along with the company I was building – was a ship without a rudder. Once I was able to set a direction to steer toward, things started changing almost immediately.
Control – Until I made the commitment to take control of my business, my life, and myself I was at the mercy of my environment.
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