Set a date and make it public!
This is THE cure for procrastination!
Here are a few more tips
Set a date within the next 60 days
If you need to lose 150 pounds don’t set a date a year from now. Break your goals down. Set a date for a smaller goal and make that public. Then move on to the next goal, set a date and make that one public!
Make a plan
List out what tasks you will need to do to accomplish this goal. Write or enter this in your calendar!
Weekly accountability is key! Report each week to someone who gets things done not your BFF (unless she is hard core, honest and pushes you). Paying a coach really does make a difference in this area!
Ask THE question every day!
Every morning ask the question, “What will I do today to reach my goal of ….” Say this aloud. Then DO IT!
From my own experience, I know that I wouldn’t have various aspects of my business going if it weren’t for fighting procrastination using the above steps. I did all of the above in order to meet my goal with my coaching program:
- I set a date of March 1st and told the world. Whenever I spoke, I mentioned it. In all of my organizing programs, I included it. I put it in my newsletters (get my newsletter AND a copy of my eBook by texting TRACYHOTH to 22828). When I talked about my goals to friends and clients, I mentioned it!
- I made a list of everything I needed to do, put it on my calendar, and referred to it often!
- My own coach inspired me along the way and I reported my progress weekly!
- Everyday (almost) I asked myself, “What will I do today to reach my goal of launching my coaching program on March 1st?” And, I DID IT!
Do NOT adjust a deadline once you have set it.
Work all the way to that deadline. If you haven’t reached your goal, but you have tried your best “good job!!” you shouldn’t be far from it. Set a new deadline…and make it public. When you mess with deadlines, pushing them back whenever you feel you might not make it or feel a little stressed, you will not respect them and deadlines won’t have the urgent impact on your performance that they should.
What have you been procrastinating?
Pick ONE thing. Set a date. Make it public! Why don’t you start making it public by leaving your goal and the date you set in the comments?! 🙂 Then, I can cheer you on!
If you want more information on how I can help you overcome procrastination, be more productive and get better organized, contact me at email@example.com.