Oh yes. Procrastination. The number 1 success killer
Procrastination and delaying a decision or action can be one of the biggest issues when running an online business. When you run an online business, you are going to be your own boss. This takes a great deal of self-discipline. One of the biggest setbacks when it comes to self-discipline is procrastinating.
Procrastinating is a habit that will be very difficult to break.
The sooner you work on your procrastination habits, the sooner you will be able to take your business to a whole new level.
I was so grateful when I was recommended the book: “The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins”
When you think of the 5-second rule, you may think of how long you can leave a piece of food on the floor before you can pick it back up again.
However, this is not what Mel Robbins had in mind when she created the 5-second rule.
Mel Robbins was able to come up with this way of motivating herself to get out of bed when she was watching footage of a NASA rocket launch. Counting down from five to lift off is a great way to make yourself take action right away.
The 5-second rule can become a great habit that will help you even when you are feeling the greatest lack of motivation.
The great thing I found with the 5-second rule was just how quick and immediate the results were. It is a great way of avoiding procrastination and a great tool that will help you take your online business to the next level.
Mel Robbins has created a lucrative career around the 5-second rule that helped her overcome her own period of complete down and out.
By sharing her own experience, Mel has uncovered 1000’s of others who were also struggling to get through their own demons. In fact, many of her readers and admirers around the world have been able to turn their business and personal lives around by using the 5-second rule.
Running an online business can be a very tricky thing to do.
Being your own boss is something that takes a great deal of practice and experience. One way that you can run a more effective online business is by setting goals.
These goals will give you something to shoot for. To take this to the next level, you can give yourself an incentive for reaching certain goals.
Not only will you get the rush of completing your goal but you will also be able to have a great incentive to look forward to.
Public speaker Dr. Jordan Peterson uses video games as an example of an incentive that can help you reach short-term goals.
Once you have worked on and completed a project in for your online business, you can reward yourself for not procrastinating by playing a video game for 15 or 30 minutes.
This will be a fun incentive that will help you stay excited about your goals. You could also set goals for certain revenues met with your online business.
By not procrastinating, you will have better revenues and will be able to reward yourself by purchasing certain items that would help take your hobbies to the next level. For example, if you don’t procrastinate for a whole month, you may be able to finally afford those new golf clubs that you have been looking at all season.
It is much easier to kick your habit of procrastinating if you can remove your distractions. I’ always catching myself checking my phone for updates then find myself scrolling through social media. Checking emails constantly. Calling someone for a catch-up. Getting sidetracked reading automatic pop-ups and notifications on my phone or computer. These constant distractions feed our procrastination.
I have found that creating an effective workspace where I could really focus on my online business has helped me become much more productive and much less likely to fall back into my old bad habit of procrastinating.
A great workspace is somewhere that is hard to slack off.
If you don’t have money to lease office space, find a room in your home or apartment that can be dedicated to working.
If you are trying to get all of your online work done in your bedroom or living room, it will be too easy to just take a nap or watch some TV. This type of procrastinating can be solved by having a home office that is void of distractions.
This doesn’t mean that your home office can’t be fun. If you can work well with a movie on in the background, there is no problem having a TV in your office.
A small fridge can also be a great addition to your home office.
Have an accountability partner
Having an accountability partner that will keep tabs on you can be a great way to stop procrastinating as much.
You need to make sure that you choose a partner that is really going to keep you accountable for the goals you have set. Try to choose a partner that will really make you think about your choices if you fail to meet your quotas.
These partners can help you take your business to a whole new level. Friends and family members can be great accountability partners if you are running your business on your own. If there is someone within your business who you trust, this will be a great idea for an accountability partner.
They will be at your place of work every day and will be able to keep close tabs on you. This is a great way to have a partner who will check up on you daily.
Keep your energy levels high
If you are having a lack of energy, it is going to be very difficult for you to stay on task.
Regular exercise and breaks will help you keep your energy levels high. Making sure you are eating enough is also a great idea for keeping your energy levels high. Coffee and energy drinks can be a good way to boost your productivity. However, you may find that you are crashing after using these types of energy boosters.
Eating Frogs First 🐸
When I first heard about Brian Tracy’s book: Eat that Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating, I was really curious to find out what the heck a frog has to do with taking action.
Mark Twain said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” … Eating the frog means tackling the biggest and ugliest task first thing in the morning. If you have 2 frogs to tackle, eat the biggest one first.
Brian explains delaying the challenge makes it harder to achieve, so take action quickly so you can feel the rewards and benefits of the result sooner.
These are just a few of the many different ways that you can overcome procrastination. This is a bad habit that we all go through at some stage that can greatly affect the future of your business. If you are able to overcome this habit, you will find that your business can soar to new heights.
Make sure that you are patient with yourself. It takes time to overcome bad habits that have been set.
The more you work on new habits of productivity. The results will most definitely follow further sparking your passion for your business.
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