You may not know it, but you are being robbed at this very moment and the culprit is reading this article at this very moment. It’s you.
If you’ve ever heard the saying “procrastination is the thief of time”, you know that on a daily basis we take valuable time that we can spend completing tasks and use it for something else. Through giving into distractions, we waste our time and decrease our productivity. This can be detrimental to the health and progress of your business.
Don’t feel alone. Studies say that up to 75% of us procrastinate. We are all guilty of it on at least one occasion.
“Now while everyone procrastinates, not everyone is a procrastinator,” says APS Fellow Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University. Being a procrastinator is being prone to having regular bouts of procrastination episodes. This affects about 20% of adults.
This is where it can get alarming because being a business owner requires a lot from you and if you are constantly procrastinating your business will suffer greatly.
Unfortunately, overcoming procrastination is not as simple as flipping a switch. You have to uncover the root of your procrastination. This can look different for everyone, but typically the causes of procrastination can be due to the following or a combination of the following.
You may identify with several, or a combination of, these scenarios. Once you identify the root of your procrastination, you can then begin the process of overcoming them.
You May Have Too Much on Your Plate
We can trace a lot of hesitations back to having too many tasks to complete. As an owner, it’s natural to feel you have to do everything for your business, big or small. In reality, an owner should focus on big picture tasks. You should designate all other tasks to employees, if you have them. If you don’t have confidence in your team to complete the tasks, you should take the time to train them so you can have faith in them. You can read more about training employees in this article here.
You may also be responsible for completing tasks that can also be automated. Thankfully, technology has developed to be an assistant to us in many ways, so there are quite a bit of business process automation services. Some examples include database management, operations management, and customer support. Some of these may cost money, but it may be a small fee to pay when compared to the increase in efficiency it could provide.
Ways to Beat Procrastination
Consider Business Coaching
Business coaching can be a valuable tool to keep you stay on track to complete all of your responsibilities. ActionCOACH has helped thousands of businesses across the country to increase efficiency, which in return has increased their profits. Besides making sure you complete your to-do list, they can also provide you with valuable information to get started.
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