Are you continually missing deadlines and failing to complete necessary tasks, or simply spending too much time on menial tasks like checking email? You are not alone; we all procrastinate from time to time. However, if this is effecting your business growth, then you need to take action.
Why You Procrastinate
People tend to procrastinate for three fundamental reasons –
1) they enjoy the thrill of beating looming deadlines,
2) they want to avoid completing boring or unfulfilling tasks,
3) they can’t decide which tasks to finish first, so they choose to do nothing instead.
Understanding why you put off getting your work done is the first step to correcting this problem.
Once you accept that you procrastinate, it’s time to figure out how to stop this behaviour. In most cases, telling yourself to manage your time better, or to stop wasting time checking your Facebook page every hour isn’t going to solve the problem (or help you complete essential tasks on time).
How To Break Your Tendency To Procrastinate
Getting over your tendency to procrastinate involves changing your behaviours and habits. Procrastination is usually the easy route, the one that initially makes use feel happy. However, it prevents you from accomplishing your goals, so you need to learn to focus on the long-term goals and start to put the hard work in.
Identify Business / Life Goals
One way to fight the urge to put off work and surf the Internet instead is to create a daily to-do list.
Hopefully, some of these tasks will be enjoyable, but, realistically, most probably won’t be. Hence it would help if you accepted – at least so some degree – that some tasks will be boring, unfulfilling and maybe even downright annoying. But once you realise the necessity of these tasks and how they impact your business / life, these tasks will hopefully become a bit more bearable.
Create a list of business or personal goals that correspond to the tasks on your to-do list. This list can sometimes give you the momentum needed to stop procrastinating quite so often.
The Role Of A Virtual Resource
A Virtual Business Manager can take over responsibility for tasks you keep putting off. Ensuring they are completed on time. Relying on an excellent virtual resource allows you to work on more favourable tasks. Additionally, it frees up your time to pursue hobbies and interests, or business opportunities for that matter.
While a Virtual Business Owner can’t stop your tendency to procrastinate. The practical support they provide can keep you on the right path to completing tasks on time, tackling those tedious tasks you loath, and making your task-related decisions easier.
Delegating tasks to a virtual resource does require some level of involvement; you need to take time to help them understand your business and their responsibilities. However, it comes with all the rewards of meeting or exceeding business and life goals too.
Procrastination is a learned behaviour.
Often by pairing your business/life goals alongside the tasks you need to complete to meet these goals, you’ll quickly begin to see the long-term rewards of getting stuff done on time.
But, you don’t need to tackle this problem alone. A virtual business manager may be just what you need to ease the stress and frustration caused by tight deadlines, or the thought of having to work on endless, monotonous tasks.
You may never completely overcome your tendency to procrastinate. However finding a way to compensate for this behaviour by hiring a Virtual Business Manager is one way to ensure procrastination won’t hinder your ability to succeed!
If you found this blog useful you may also want to read 4 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination