Let’s look at an example of a small business owner procrastinating…
At Biznostics, one of our missions is to generate more leads through people that you know. It is a simple mission as it just involves you going to the people that you know and ask them for some referrals or some names of people you can talk to about your business, easy right?
One of our customers was doing this mission, which would typically take a customer 7-9 days, however this particular customer was at it for 9 weeks. He kept avoiding the action he knew he needed to take… he was either procrastinating or self-sabotaging.
Stop putting yourself in the pitfall and avoid the inevitable
Procrastination comes when you say you are going to do something and you don’t, then coming up with ‘reasonable’ excuses. It’s most likely that you have used a some of these ‘reasonable’ excuses for why you have not done something before, I know I have.
But at the end of the day, reasonable excuses are just procrastination disguised. Reasonable excuses which will keep you from doing your tasks that need to be done. Or self-sabotage, where you are actually taking yourself out of the picture and not doing what you should do when it should be done. Again this involves using reasonable excuses, which may sound plausible to you, but lets you off the hook from taking action.
Bottom line is, you are responsible for growing your business. It doesn’t matter what tools are given for you to use but you actually have to do the things that have to be done. Those are the things that needs to happen in your business. Otherwise nothing happens, nothing changes.
The key here is to work out: “Why did I do that?” “Why didn’t I just take some action?”. Another questions to ask yourself is – if I’m not going to take the action, is there someone close to me either inside my business or outside who is able to take the action for me? And if there is a reason why I’m not doing it. Whether it is ‘I don’t have the money’ to take the action or ‘I don’t have the inclination’ or ‘I don’t have the courage’… the list goes on.
Here are some tips that can help you with procrastination:
- Clearly define your goal or outcome you are looking to achieve (and make sure it is something you are passionate about).
- Break down the tasks into small, actionable steps
- Delegate or share the load with others so that it gets done.
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Celebrate your successes, especially the small ones
So if you find yourself not moving or sitting on something, you’re either procrastinating or you’re self-sabotaging. Neither of them are good. You’re not helping your business move forward and it is advisable to reach out for help.
P.S. Whenever you are ready here are 4 ways we can help you build and grow your business:
1) Download your copy of 3 Proven Tactics That Give You 5 Hours Back in Your Week
This totally free guide includes tips, time-savers, and expert advice on how to immediately claim back 5 hours of your time each week. Inside you’ll discover 3 proven tactics to stop time being wasted in your day so you get more done each week. To access the guide click here
2) Watch the Business Freedom Formula Video
In the video you’ll to discover the step by step blueprint we use to help small businesses create their version of business freedom. This could be simply streamlining your business so it runs more efficiently, increasing your profits so you have more choices or setting your business up so you can have time off without worrying that it is all going to fall apart. Click here now to watch
3) Book a 10 Minute Exploration Call
If you would like to explore how Biznostics can help you run and build your business, then book your 10 minute exploration call. On the call we’ll find out a little bit about your business and work out if and how we can help you. Book your call here
4) Join our Business Freedom Program
The Business Freedom Program is designed for business owners who feel stuck in the day to day running of their business and their business is not running as efficiently as they like. It helps you make your business much more profitable, much more efficient and much more enjoyable to work at. We are putting a new group together next month so if you would like to build a strong and successful business email us here with ‘Business Freedom’ in the subject line.