Nothing Is More Important: 4 Steps For Banishing 'Procrastination'“Every minute you spend in planning, saves 10 minutes in execution.” – Brian TracyWhen delivering our courses we recognise at Tri-Coaching Partnership that it is not what happens on the training day but what happens when you go away and put it into action this applies to so many things in life.
Whether it’s a training you just went through, an event you attended, or a webinar or a Google video you watched, if you are like most people, you feel motivated immediately afterwards to put the new ideas you have gained into action.
But far too often people get distracted. You forget, get “too busy” or opt for a different strategy because the freshness and the excitement subside as the days go by. So you continue running around—stressed out, wondering where your next customer will come from, working a ton of hours, and responding to stuff as it comes up.
Amazingly, that idea or strategy you put off and you continue doing business the same way you always have that one thing could be the thing that could completely changes your business and life.
So to help you change this, here is what you need to do. ACTION PLAN
Step 1: Take 5 to 10 minutes to write down the top ideas or strategies you want to put in place. Don’t spend hours thinking about this. Just write down what comes to the top of your mind. It is also helpful to include a quick thought about how this one thing will change your business and/or life. In some cases this may only take you a minute to do. The point is to do it quickly and not drag the process out.
Step 2: Pick 1 or 2 things you will execute in the next week (or month depending on complexity.) Make a plan for when and how you will get these done. If you need to, get out of your office and away from distractions to make your plan.
Once you have implemented these one or two strategies, you can move on to the next items on your list, but until then make these one or two items your sole focus. When other things come up, simply add them to your list to do later so you won’t forget.
Step 3: Have a set, fixed schedule when you will spend time completing these strategies. Write it on your calendar. Take this scheduled time seriously. Think of this appointment with yourself to be as important (if not more so) as if you were meeting with your number one, most valuable, most influential client, customer, or patient.
It’s easy to put it off and push this to the back seat priority-wise. However, you should neverwaiver on this. Should a true emergency arise, reschedule your time to work on your business IMMEDIATELY.
Step 4: Move swiftly by using a proven model for success. You need to move swiftly and implement things fast. Preferably without spending a ton of money trying to figure out how to make things work. It may be tempting to try and figure things out on your own, but it is almost always much faster and cheaper in the long run to use a proven system or tool or find help so you can virtually guarantee success. You can always get creative and test your ideas to tweak a system later.
Nothing is more important than making time to work on your business. Rather than getting overwhelmed and doing nothing. Pick just one thing to focus on and see it through. Keep on schedule and don’t let anything derail you. Then let me know how great your business is going as a result –and repeat the process again.
If you have trouble carrying things through to completion, then a good option is to consider is a coach or mentor to help you get things done and give you that spark and motivation to keep going. A coach can not only help you with a plan and the right steps, but hold you accountable so that you can work things through to completion. Call Tri-Coaching Partnership now and we could help you put your words into action.
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Adapted from an email written by Dave Dee an american entrepeneur