We've all been there: sitting at our computers and browsing the internet instead of starting that outreach strategy. It's a familiar struggle as entrepreneurs, specially for digital nomads who also need to deal with a new environment and time zone.
There are several reasons why we procrastinate such as fear of failure, fear of the unknown, a lack of confidence, or by distractions such as social media and internet browsing.
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something that needs to be done. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including fear, insecurity, and a lack of motivation.
Procrastination can lead to negative consequences such as missed deadlines, lower-quality work, and stress (Chen, 2022).
Here are a few tips to overcome procrastination, and be able to focus on the important things in life and make progress toward your goals. You’ll have more energy and enthusiasm for the tasks that need to be done, making it easier to stay motivated. Remember that taking action trumps perfection each time.
If you are struggling with procrastination, try these strategies:
Identify Your Trigger
Find what triggers your procrastination and identify how your habits are affecting your progress. Then, come up with a solution. Remember, you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge/reflect upon.
Studies have shown that concentration is greatly diminished by distractions. Identify your distractions and find ways to eliminate or reduce them. For example, turn off your phone so you can focus on getting things done.
Break It Down and Set Deadlines
Break down your tasks into small parts, and create deadlines for completing each part. It's less overwhelming when you have several short-term goals, compared to one large long-term goal. Every time you complete a short-term goal, reward yourself.
Biohack Your Way
Take a cold shower, or go for a walk. Understand your body’s natural biological clock to help you get tasks done. For example, if you work best in the morning, make sure to schedule your most important tasks for that time.
Use Positive Social Pressure
Having an accountability partner often provides the motivation to start a project, and keep you in action. Make a commitment to your partner, a friend, or co-worker. Tell them your goals and timeline. This gentle social pressure can help push you forward. Another option is to work on the task with another person. The social connection helps keep the project stimulating and engaging.
Here at Nomad Haven, our wonderful community of women entrepreneurs are always ready to help each other be accountable, while allowing each woman to reach her full potential in her own unique way.