#Solopreneurs: Why Are You Procrastinating?
You wake up every morning with a plan in place and you jump right in, coffee in hand, and get it all done, right? You don’t? Why not? While there are myriad reasons you might not get to every item on your to do list, but could it be that you’re just a procrastinator? Perhaps, but there are at least five reasons why I believe that procrastination just might be holding you back and here they are:
- The biggest reason could be that you simply don’t like what you’re doing. If this is the case you may need to step back and evaluate your business goals and mission. If your areas of expertise or your desired niche have changed over time you may not enjoy what your original business premise was any longer. If this is the case, then you need to make changes in the business model and reignite your passions.
- There is no feeling of “purpose” to what you do. If you’re doing the same-old-same-old they are tasks that you’re doing by rote and they are not firing up your passions. Because of that you keep pushing that task to the bottom of your to-do list. Beware, though, when you do this you are giving those tasks for which you don’t feel purposeful extreme power and they will begin to weigh you down.
- Everything is a fire to be extinguished. If you feel that every task before you is urgent, you will likely suffer from an inability to prioritize and you will suffer the “deer in the headlights” syndrome. When everything is overwhelming and feels urgent and important it is easy to be overwhelmed and to struggle to start anything — let alone complete a task.
- You’ve put off a task for so long that it has gone from a molehill to a mountain in your mind and completion seems insurmountable. Take a deep breath, set a timer and nibble away at the task in 15-minute increments. It is easy to jump into a difficult task if you only know you need to work on it until the timer goes off, right? Try it, I think you may find that once you are involved in it for 15 minutes, you may discover it’s not as bad as you’d imagined.
- You’re operating on constant overwhelm. If this is the case you need to learn to say this very short word, “No.” You don’t have to be angry or rude with it, but you need to know when to say when. Don’t say yes to tasks that don’t fulfill a need in your business. Don’t say yes to tasks that are outside of your area of expertise. If you want to continue to build a relationship with a current client who may be asking you to do something outside of the services you offer, you would be wise to work on setting up a network of referral partners.
Are you procrastinating? Take some time to determine why that is and then you just might be able to power through!