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If you’re a chronic procrastinator your habit is regularly impacting your business and your life. You may have tried things to stop the habit and some things may have worked for a while, but then you found yourself right back where you started. You’re not by yourself.  What happens to most is that they get used to the impact and used to working the way that their habit has them work and dealing with the consequences. They become a bit resigned and continue to operate in the mayhem that procrastination causes.

That mayhem causes bad fruit to grow on what I call your Procrastination Tree™. Whatever you do plants seeds for something to grow later down the road, whether it’s something you want or not. You may not think of procrastination in these terms, but if you know who I am you know that I don’t look at or see things the way most do and this is no different.  Your procrastination has roots (symptoms), branches and fruit (impact). The fruit shows up in your life as:

  • An ongoing list of undone things
  • Wasted time and energy
  • Lost clients/money
  • Physical symptoms like stress (Which can lead to other things)
  • Missed deadlines and deliveries
  • Lack of efficiency

If your habit of putting things off goes on for long enough, you’ll start to see the fruit turn up in other areas of your life too. If you want to stop growth of the bad fruit, you’ve got to first look at what’s going on. How is procrastination showing up in your life? You have to explore what’s really going on, get the big picture before you can remedy it. When you start looking at it you see its impact and at that point you realize that the fun is over. You’ve got the bill and see your cost for putting things off.

Once you can wrap your head around what it’s costing you, it makes it easier to commit to ridding yourself of it once and for all. Exploring your habit in depth…the symptoms as well as the outcomes that impact you gives you clues as to where to look on a much deeper level. That is where you will find not only the cause for your procrastination, but the solution as well.

If you’re interested in exploring your procrastination, uncovering the real reason you do it, and then annihilating your procrastination, check out this master class series.

 


work-deskTime is our most precious resource and honestly, you cannot afford to waste it. You aren’t going to get any more time during the course of each day, so it’s up to you to maximize what you have and manage yourself well around it.

I’m sure there are a few things that you can think of right now that are wasting your time every day that you would love to be rid of. Things that have been keeping you from getting it done. I’m going to share five ways that entrepreneurs waste time and give you solutions for moving beyond them.

What are your day to day experiences? Every day there are so many things going on that if you’re not careful, your day will have control of you and you won’t have a say in how anything goes. On a daily basis people are caught up in the everyday to-dos of business and family, multiple devices, overloaded inboxes, tools and tasks, friends, followers, fans and other connections. I’m sure you can you relate to at least a couple of things in that list and that you’ve been in the midst of what I just described.

Of course this is what you want to shift away from, so let me dive into the 5 ways that I see entrepreneurs wasting time.

  1. Doing irrelevant things-Focusing on the mail, some social media, the accounting, the marketing, etc., wastes time and takes you away from the important things. Focus on the revenue generating things and delegate the things that don’t require your specific expertise.
  2. Doing the right things inefficiently. Efficiency is doing things the right way and effectiveness is doing the right things. So here the problem is being effective, but not efficient. Once you know what to do, approach things in a way that lets you be productive. A good example is having a process for repetitive tasks instead of reinventing the wheel each time.
  3. Spending time-If you don’t know exactly where your focus should be, then chances are you’re focusing on the wrong things daily. You’re spending time versus investing it. Identify your priorities so you know what’s important to have your tasks be an investment of your time.
  4. No systems-Lack of systems will not only leave gaps, but will have things falling through the cracks. Systems are composed of tools, processes and people, they don’t have to be complicated. Determine what systems you need and then create each component for each system and implement it.
  5. Technology-Email and social media are two of the biggest time wasters so you need rules for both. Use inbox tools to manage email and set designated times to check it. Have a plan for social media and use it. Delegate a portion of it to make it easier to make your time on social media focused, deliberate and intentional.

Start with one time waster, apply the solution, and then move to another. Keep moving until you eliminate your time wasters.

 

 


Now, you’ve heard me say before that you can’t actually get more time, which is true. You have 1,440 minutes every day and you aren’t going to get any more no matter how hard you wish for or dream of having it. Not to mention the fact that time isn’t real, it’s a concept so you can’t get more of something that doesn’t really exist.

What you can do though is make some steps to get back the time that you’re wasting right now and to make better investments of your time. Click the play button and check out this episode of  Time & Space on Own Your Power Radio. I’m giving you seven ways you can find more time.


Woman Writing in PlannerOne of the biggest hindrances to getting things done is not knowing your priorities. You’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t know what theirs are and this is where a lot of people get stuck. Time and time again when working with a client and looking at how they go through their days and what happens in the midst of them, it boils down to not knowing what’s important.

If you’re stuck in this spot, I want you to step back and take a deep breath and exhale. Then look at the things you value most. What things matter the most to you? Your children/family? Your health? Each of your values are direct indicators of what your priorities are. One of my top values is my health, because after all if I don’t have that I can’t have much else that I want, which is unacceptable to me. That value transitions into my days as one of my top priorities which is why my vegan diet, a good daily workout and meditation are part of each of my days. Nothing comes before them so they’re on the top of my agenda every day without fail.

Make a list of the things you value then look to see what priorities are related to them. Some values may have more than one. Once you know your priorities, you can compare them to the things you’re doing daily and determine what stays on your list, what gets delegated and what gets kicked off your list.

Keep a list of what’s important handy so that as you move into this new habit of focusing on the important things you have a reminder in front of you about what gets on your list. Being aware of and in touch with your priorities takes the guess work out of things because you already know what’s allowed to hit your to-do list and calendar and what isn’t. The things that fall under this category are the things that you tackle during your Prime Time.™ This is just one way to stop wasting time, take your power back and get things done.

 


office-620817_1920There are way too many productivity tools out there to mention, making it even more important to choose the one that’s a perfect fit for you. The tool you use to support you on a daily walk through your to-do list should fit you as well as your favorite pair of shoes. After you’ve done your homework to learn exactly what the tools you’re attracted to can do and determine which is the best fit based upon your Productivity Persona™, you can’t stop there. Once you have the perfect tool for you in your hot little capable hands, you’ve got to work it if it’s going to support you. There are three major things you’re going to want to do:

  1. Set Yourself Up For Success-It’s important to use all the features to support you daily. When you get your tool, invest the time in setting it up completely, and no half-stepping! Add your contacts, and for electronic tools, sync it with your calendar, and add your business email so that you have access to it. It’s convenient to have it all in one place, not to mention the time you’ll save.
  2. Develop Habits– Once it’s set up you want to build the muscle of using your tool every day . If you haven’t been using something to support you on a daily basis, you’ve got to allow yourself the time to get into the swing of things. Use reminders to help you build this muscle if you need to. On a regular basis, add new calendar items, contacts and any updates, and use it to plan and to guide you daily.
  3. Back It Up!- Sync and back up your electronic device regularly—at least twice a week. It’s a good practice to set reminders in your calendar so that you don’t forget to sync and back up. There’s nothing worse than losing or having something happen to your electronic device and not having that back up. I’ve helped clients work their way back from that disaster and it’s not pretty. If you’re using a paper tool, maintain it the same way and share your calendar information with your assistant or another trusted party. If you’re a one-woman show, keep a second copy in a safe spot for easy retrieval in the worse case scenario.
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