Admit You Are A Procrastinator

Admit You Are A Procrastinator  

One thing that will ensure the failure of your business, online or offline,  is wasted time by procrastination.

Don’t confuse “wasted” time with the time it takes to renew your physical or mental power.

Exercise is essential for your physical and mental health to keep you energized and motivated to perform the daily task required to make your business a success.

You know what you are doing to waste time during the day. It could be spending too much time in front of the television, surfing the internet, too much time on social sites such as facebook, or playing games online or your smart phone.

If you even think the lack of progress or downturn in your business is related to your actions or failure to act then it is time to reevaluate your time management skills.

Good time management skills can set you on the right track for success.

Without them, you can falter and all of your dreams for the future may wither and die.

If you are ready to turn up the heat the following are good time management tips to make part of your daily routine: 

Some people are exceptional at completing task, but only with the threat of losing their job, approaching deadline, or the risk of procrastinating destroying relationships.

Put some pressure on yourself to get it in gear!

Decide how much time you’re going to spend on thoughts, conversations and actions.

Make it your mission to spend the greatest amount of your time taking action and less time thinking and talking about it.

You may want to monitor yourself for awhile by recording how much time you spend on the three categories of your day during working hours.

At the end of the week, you should know if you are spending too much time thinking and talking and not enough actually completing the task necessary to move you closer to your goals.

You have to be tough on yourself to make progress.

Block distractions- Tricks like blocking email and Facebook alerts, turning off your phone and hanging a “do not disturb” sign on your home office door can work wonders. Many entrepreneurs use programs such as Facebook for business reasons, but when you’re on the site, don’t let yourself be distracted by anything other than business.

Set a time to begin work – and stick to it. After you turn on your computer for work, give yourself a certain amount of time to surf the ‘net and review your email then get to work on what needs to be achieved for the day.

Once you have started working on the days task don’t look back until you are finished. Going back and forth between email, Facebook and work muddles your mind and makes it more difficult to focus.

End your work at a set time-We all have times when our backs are against the wall and we have to spend more time meeting deadlines. But on an ordinary day, set a time to stop work and renew your physical and mental health.

If you have to work longer than the stop time, take frequent breaks, get up and walk around and do something to get your mind off work. You can’t be chained to your business 24/7 – even if you think you want to be – it’s just not beneficial for your success.

Distinguish busy work from working toward goals- Busy work can be a waste of time. You may be procrastinating because you’re not ready to meet the goal or you’re scared of failure if you do complete it.

The best way to beat procrastination is to admit you have a problem then start taking action.

Treat yourself as an employee and don’t tolerate time wasting activities.

If you want your business to be successful then commit yourself to following some time management rules and stick to them.

Living Your Best Year Ever

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Living Your Best Year Ever

We are now halfway through 2016, so are you living your best year ever? At the end of every year someone is telling us to put our goals for the upcoming year down on paper.

These goals may be anything from making more money, losing weight, becoming more fit, taking a vacation to the beach, getting home earlier, spending more time with your kids or a significant other. We all probably have similar type goals as we begin the new year.

The thought of being able to achieve even one of those goals probably occupies your thought process on a daily basis.

Now is the time to reflect on what you have accomplished and the areas of your life that need tweaking to help you meet those goals you set at the beginning of the year.

Do you have New Year’s resolutions that you have not looked at twice.

You may find yourself thinking, if I only had one more hour in the day, I might have been able to get started on those elusive goals that escape me year after year.

Perhaps you are trying to achieve too much.

Asking too much of yourself can result in your just spinning your wheels and never getting started. Ultimately this procrastination just results in wasting more time and failure to move forward.

Make a decision to focus on just one of your goals to help you start living your best year ever.

Accomplishing just one of your goals will boost your self esteem and confidence needed to keep you charging forward to tackle the next goal on your new year resolution list.

The following are some tips you can  implement to help you regain more time and put yourself on the road to achieving those passions you so desire.

1. Work on each task a little faster

Whatever the task you are working on try doing it a little faster. You will find that by moving faster, you will respond faster in completing your task.
Staying organized will help you save time in completing your task and other daily obligations.

2. Become an expert in your field

Make it an obsession to become an expert in what your are doing or working on. Continue to educate yourself on your chosen passion. The more educated you are the more efficient you will be in completing associated task.

Watch one, do one, teach one is a phrase commonly used in many professions. Following the above three strategies will inspire others and motivate you to continue pursuing your passion.

3. Limit unnecessary time online

Try only checking your email twice per day.

Limit your time on facebook and other social sites.

I think we all would be amazed at how much time we spend checking and answering email, reading post on social sites, blogs and forums.

Unless you are doing research or generating an income from your time spent on the internet restrict your surfing until you have completed all your task for the day.

4. Let the phone go to voice mail

Try answering all your non emergent phone calls at one time. Interruptions from phone calls rob us of time.

Not only the time spent on the phone, but the time it takes to regroup and get your focus back on whatever you were working on.

Save the calls for a certain period of the day then make that your primary focus until the job is done.

5. Eliminate Unnecessary Meetings

Try to limit meetings to once or twice per week. This may not be possible for everyone depending upon your profession.

If you have control over scheduling meetings, keep them brief and focused.

Everyone will love you for it.

6. Learn to delegate the small things

Allow your employee or assistant to perform the work that isn’t helping you reach your goals. Make sure you are utilizing your time in the most productive way possible for your knowledge and skill.

7. Take Action Now

Pick a goal you are going to focus on, break it down into pieces, and then give it your full attention until the job is complete.

Stop procrastinating and start taking action. The best way to overcome procrastination when dealing with something you find boring is to break it down then attack it one small piece at a time.

8. Get Healthy Stay Healthy

Staying focused on the task required to achieve your new year resolutions requires a clear mind.

Add some form of exercise to your daily routine. Exercising will increase the blood flow to your brain, relax you, decrease stress, and eliminate brown fog.

Eat a well balanced diet including multiple small meals a day will help boost your metabolism and energy, so that you have the fuel to achieve your daily task.

Starting today, implement some of the above strategies for optimizing your time.

You will soon find that you are able to attack those yearly passions with new found energy and enthusiasm.

Spend the remainder of the year……….. living your best year ever.

CEM