Game of Procrastination

By vklejmont | May 01, 2019 | Uncategorized |

I almost didn’t write this blog post. Why? I didn’t know where to start. I’m far from an expert in psychology and time management. And the task of writing an article on a topic I am unfamiliar with made me uncomfortable. In short: I was procrastinating.

Anyone and everyone can suffer from procrastination. If you are a living, breathing human being, chances are you’ve been gripped by procrastination at some point in your lifetime. But there is one group of the population that is disproportionately affected by procrastination: entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship is an exciting adventure. Yet founders often feel themselves being crippled by procrastination. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re just starting out. You’re a company of one, and the tasks just keep piling up. Even hustling 24/7 won’t scale your company overnight.

Not to mention you’re now your own boss. Hooray for freedom! But what else comes with the freedom to do what you want, whenever you want? Nobody telling you what tasks are most important, and what to do next. Oops.

Entrepreneurs often start their businesses because they are passionate about changing an industry for the better. But all the passion in the world won’t make you an expert on the marketplace until you’ve lived and worked in it. This leads to feeling unqualified, insecure, and super uncomfortable. You have a brand new product or service in your niche, and people have questions for you. So what happens when you don’t have all the answers just yet? You procrastinate!

Unfortunately, all the procrastination in the world won’t make the tasks in front of you get smaller or disappear. But that’s okay. We all procrastinate. The last season of Game of Thrones just came out, and you definitely can’t miss that. So start by taking a break. Let yourself be lazy on a Sunday night. Just sit there and scream at a dragon. You can be Arya in the morning.

Go Big or Go Home

So what’s the first step to stop procrastinating? Start early, and start big. Schedule your biggest, hardest, most dragon-like of tasks for first thing Monday morning. Set aside a solid hour to do nothing but work on this behemoth. Don’t answer your phone, check your email, or scroll through Twitter. Just focus on the task in front of you.

Starting early in the day doesn’t give you time to procrastinate. The rest of your day cannot begin until this task is checked off of your to-do list. You’ve had a good night’s rest. You dreamed of killing the Night King. You’re ready to kick ass like the Khaleesi that you are!

Manage Your Time

Now that you’ve gotten your biggest task out of the way, the rest of your day should be a total breeze. Start by making a list of goals you’d like to accomplish for the day, week, or month. Next, break those goals down into manageable, actionable tasks. Schedule those tasks throughout your calendar. The end of the day, week, or month should coincide with the completion of your goal.

Once your calendar is scheduled, stick to your self-imposed deadlines. When you’re working for yourself, deadlines are crucial to keep your business moving forward smoothly. They also help you avoid procrastinating by making sure your projects are completed in a timely fashion.

Nobody’s Perfect

Unless you really are Emilia Clarke, you’re not a queen. A desire to procrastinate often comes from feeling insecure or unprepared for the task in front of you. Keep in mind that a completed task is far preferable to a perfect task. You can always go back and fix mistakes or edit your work. Unless you’re a medical professional, chances are a small mistake isn’t the difference between life or death.

When you’re hustling 24/7, it’s easy to feel burned out and lack motivation to complete your to-do list. Failing to meet a goal or deadline that you’ve set for yourself can also be disheartening. But one mistake shouldn’t kill your momentum.

Stay positive, and work on shifting your mindset. You wouldn’t be an entrepreneur if you weren’t brave, passionate, and comfortable with being uncomfortable. Confront your fears and shortcomings head-on, kick them to the side, and ride that dragon to victory. Because you’re an entrepreneur; you really are a khaleesi.

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