Many people ask me for tips that I’ve used in my business, especially about building my business and having a structure that works.
When I was starting out I spent most of my time procrastinating. I was one of the best !!
I was stuck more often than I was taking action. I read a lot about creating a positive work space and yes I do understand that some places and spaces are more friendly to work in than others. I was working from home and only had a small space, so I set it up to suit exactly what I required. It was a beautiful space and often I pinched myself as a reminder of what a wonderful work environment I had created. That was not the answer to overcoming my procrastinating though. From there I learnt to create an environment that would not let me off the hook and that would have me keeping my word to my amazing community of contacts.
That was the key – not giving myself the time to procrastinate.
It was a way that supported me in building my business and keeping my timelines. There was no room in my life and business for procrastinating. If I was to meet the goals I had set I just had to get on with the next task. I set stringent timelines. I called them “Rocks” in my diary. They were so large, big and heavy (in my mind) they could not be moved.
I had done this is the past for smaller tasks, but this time I set rocks in my diary for the products and programs I was developing and creating to run during the coming year.
I then advertised to my mailing list and on social media. I let everyone I knew know what I was doing.
I realised there was no need to have the entire program or product completed; it was about advertising and marketing putting the wheels in motion. Once I had emailed my list, the product or program would go ahead. I would not go back on my word.
Often it is the first step to doing the task that is the most difficult. If you take action to get started, the rest will follow.
I made the decision to outsource even more of my workload (one of the best decisions I have ever made in business) and one of the first things I would do with the new programs was to outsource some small part of the program so at the very least it had started. From there I set clear times in my diary for the whole of the coming year to complete tasks to have the products and programs completed. It worked. Suddenly I had more time in each day. I was getting more done and the business grew very quickly.
So, what I have put in place to overcome my procrastination is timeframes, deadlines and rocks in my dairy, and all must be met, mostly because I have let others know and I cannot let them down. Also outsourcing the beginnings of programs so that the task is started.
Still to this day I keep this system and my self imposed deadlines are met easily and effortlessly.
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