How to beat procrastination?
As an entrepreneur, I know that sometimes it is difficult to know how to overcome procrastination and laziness. Indeed, when you work from home and have to find a reason to get up every morning and get to work, you quickly find excuses to do as little as possible. However, there are three simple steps to overcome procrastination.
Prepare your day for the next day the night before: start by making unimportant decisions (what to do the next day, meals, schedules, etc.) so as not to use your “quota” of decisions the next day. Indeed, the human brain can only make a certain number of decisions, so save them when making important decisions in your work. Then organize your day for the next day in a clear way so you have a predefined schedule and can refer to it.
Set yourself some important missions to accomplish during the day. Of course, I do not advise here to set 15 important missions per day that you will not be able to complete, but to set 2 to 3 daily important missions on which you will spend some time and that you will respect. They can represent steps towards a more global project: for example, if you want to train yourself in online sales, you can set yourself to take an e-learning course for one hour a day until you have finished it.
Make a complete schedule of your day based on these important missions: I will take my e-learning course from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. then I will update my LinkedIn profile from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. then I will go to my appointment, etc. For this to work, of course, you have to write your schedule in advance so that you have it in front of you and stick to it when the time comes. You can use your phone's calendar to write down everything you are going to do.
Personally, I have been using this method for quite a while and I am very happy with the results. Every evening, I take 15 minutes to settle down and establish the complete schedule for the next day or even the week to come. I write down very precisely what I need to accomplish and how I will organize myself to do it. If some tasks are very long, I spread them out over a whole week to encourage myself to continue each day and see the progress made. If I don't complete an important assignment in my allotted time, I schedule a time slot the next day to complete it.