10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Part 1/2
Do you ever let procrastination stop you from moving forward in your holistic health practice? Has it ever stopped you in your marketing tracks? If you’re anything like me, you sometimes have a tendency to avoid certain things. I convince myself that my “reasons” make perfect sense, such as not enough time, not enough skills – the standard lame excuses! But then I wonder – why do I have enough time for 20 games of solitaire, but not enough time to write an article? Hm-m-m…that’s something to consider, isn’t it?
Because I’ve seen this habit in other practitioners, I know that I’m not alone in putting things off. I’ve also noticed that some procrastinators put themselves down as being lazy. Procrastination is not laziness. It is fear – fear of the unknown, fear of criticism, fear of overwhelm, fear of failure. We all experience procrastination at one time or another, But if it is habitual or chronic, and it keeps you from starting or completing important projects, or from moving forward into a prosperous practice, then you need to get it under control. Let’s look at…10 ways to conquer procrastination:
1. Start small if it’s a big project. If you can’t do a lot, do a little. Once you get started, it will often take on a life of its own and you’ll find that you can push through to completion. But if not, do a little bit lots of times until you get the thing finished.
2. Start somewhere. If you have an idea but don’t know where to start, do the part you know and the rest will come to you. That’s what happened to me in writing this article. I had the 10 steps in mind, but not the lead paragraph. It came to me later.
3. Accept imperfection. Let go of the idea that your marketing project has to be perfect. Imperfectly complete is better than perfectly incomplete. You can always go back and tweak it later, but just get it out there working for you to attract clients and grow your business. This has been the hardest thing for me to overcome as a Perfection Paralysis Virgo, but I’m working on it – every day! For example, my website went live before it was finished and I continued working on it after it went online.
4. Be accountable. Tell someone you’re going to do something. Call a friend and say, “I’m gonna spend the next 30 minutes writing my newsletter article. Will you please check up on me in 30 minutes?”
5. Set specific goals. Vague intentions create vague results. “Organize my office” is like saying “Create world peace.” What exactly are you going to do? Organize one shelf. When? Now. For how long? 15 minutes. Define small goals and celebrate their completion. One shelf done = one piece of chocolate!
Don’t let procrastination compromise your success. Your “reasons” for not marketing your holistic health practice are really just excuses for not moving forward into uncharted waters. By following our ten steps to overcome procrastination, you will more quickly attract a full schedule of Ideal Clients and make the income that you want, need and deserve!
Next post: 5 more ways to overcome procrastination.