I’m a procrastinator. It’s not a fun thing to admit but it’s a part of my life and I’ve come to terms with it. My procrastination hasn’t caused too many problems in my life thus far but I knew once I started working from home full time it could become a major issue.
It’s easy for me to put things off and lay in bed for a little longer when I’m at home. Before I know it I’m furiously trying to complete 10 tasks before deadline when they could have been done days or even weeks before.
It’s been a long time since I’ve procrastinated to the point of ridiculousness and this is how I do it.
I Respect The People I Work For
I’m getting paid whether I’m freelancing or working directly for a company and it’s kind of messed up of me to take people’s money and half ass the job. I’d say this is my biggest motivation to not be a screw up. I think about the times I’ve paid good money for something only to feel like I didn’t get my money’s worth and it isn’t a good feeling. My reputation is also very important to me and I always want to do my best so that I have references. Word of mouth is everything.
I Make A Schedule
I’m a morning person so I still wake up between 5a and 7a every morning. I know this may not be ideal for everyone and that’s fine but it works for me. The first thing I do after waking up is grab a cup of coffee and read. I do this right away so that I can’t use it as an excuse not to work later. Around 7 I start looking over my client’s scheduled posts for the day so that I can make adjustments or add things accordingly. This usually takes an hour. I continue my schedule throughout the day making sure I set aside time to write and create content for all of my personal blogs, Youtube channel, etc. Sometimes I also schedule meetings with my local clients and talk to potential clients over the phone or through Skype. The tasks I have to do vary from day to day so I work anywhere from 5 to 8 hours. Sometimes more but since I do a little work 6-7 days a week I have a good schedule.
I Do The Things I Hate First
Im a big believer of ripping the bandaid off fast. One of the main reasons I procrastinate is because the task is something I don’t want to do. For instance, and this will sound crazy, I hate creating invoices. Why? I’ve always felt uncomfortable discussing or asking for money. I know that I’m not asking for money when I’ve done a job but I always get weirded out when I see the amount of money I’m invoicing my clients for. Whatever it is that you hate doing, whether it’s writing or creating a budget get that out of the way first.
I Give Myself Time Limits
I like to see if I can complete a task within an hour. I don’t rush but I try to focus on whatever I’m doing completely without any distractions for an hour. Most of the time I get it done but even if I don’t I consider it a win if I concentrated for the entire hour without getting distracted.
I Take Breaks
I go to networking events twice a week.
Yes, in person networking.
I know that may sound foreign to people who make money online but you have to put some effort into in person marketing. It has done wonders for me. I’ve landed so many clients just by having a conversation with them first. I also use my breaks to exercise, have lunch with friends, and shop because the best shopping happens when everyone else is at work.
I Work From Other Places
Working from home is awesome. I get to do what I love in a comfortable environment that I’ve created but there is a thing called too comfortable. I like to switch it up and work from coffee shops/restaurants, go over to friends homes (the one’s that don’t distract you from work), and work from co-working spaces. A change of scenery is extremely refreshing and sometimes people watching provides the best inspiration. I’ve also met some amazing people by sharing a table in a crowded work space. Try it and thank me later.
I Turn Off My Devices
Do I really need to say much here? Phones distract and so do pop up emails and other dings & dongs. Put your phone on airplane mode when working and stop your desktop email alerts. This is pretty extreme but procrastinators will use any excuse.
I Don’t Overanalyze
I am so guilty of this! Sometimes I will spend hours overanalyzing my the smallest thing. It’s crazy and I’ve learned to STOP! Seriously, take a moment to stop and breathe. I bet it isn’t as bad as it seems. Instead of overanalyzing just go with the flow and start whatever task is at hand. Clear your brain and start writing, or building, or whatever it is that you do.
What are you doing to stop procrastination?