One of the biggest challenges to being a home business owner is getting over time management procrastination.
It’s just so easy when you’re the boss to let things slide until it’s an emergency and you must absolutely get the stuff done.
Here are few tips to get over time management procrastination:
Tip #1 – Challenge Yourself
You must challenge yourself to something that is achievable but challenging. Sometimes we procrastinate because the task seems too large to manage.
For example, you have an information product to create and just don’t know where to start.
Rather than putting “create information product” on your to do list, break the project up into several smaller steps. The first could be, “outline information product” or “choose title for information product.”
These smaller, more attainable goals are easier to accomplish and don’t feel as if they’re looming over your head.
Tip #2 – Reward Yourself
Reward yourself with a day off. Work hard, play hard is the cliche, right?
Well take advantage of it.
Make a to-do list at the beginning of the week and promise yourself a day off, where you do something fun, when the list is complete. It’s easier to commit to this reward if you involve other people.
For example, if you make an appointment for a massage on Friday, well you had better have your taks list done by Thursday night or you’re going to have to cancel on your massage and she’ll never book you an appointment again for cancelling at the last second. You’re making yourself accountable.
Tip #3 – Identify Distractions
Find out what your procrastinate with.
Do you watch television?
Surf the net?
Determine what distract you. Spend a day or two working, or procrastinating, like you usually do and simple take note of wht you do other than work.
Tip #4 – Eliminate Distractions
Once you know what you’re using to procrastinate then it’s time to get tough. Eliminate the distractions.
For example, if you find that you often let household chores deters you from being productive, schedule a time for household chores.
Give yourself thirty minutes at lunchtime to get a chore done and then go back to work.
Tip #5 – Use Time Management Tool
Use tools to help you. Time-tracking tools, both online and offline, are great for helping you stay on task.
You can use something as simple as an egg timer. Set it for thirty-five minutes. Work for thirty-five minutes and when the time dings, give yourself ten minutes to stretch, walk around the block or something other than work and then go back and set the timer again.
Get creative with these tools and ideas and use them to help you stay on task and stop procrastinating.