How often do you set a new scary goal and get ready to start working on it, only to put it off? Procrastion is TOUGH to get through! But you don’t have to give into it. My guest for this episode, Tiffany Jones shares her simple tips for overcoming procrastination (and so much more).
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Strategies for overcoming procrastination
Procrastination and fear are like two peas in a pod. They go together so well it’s hard to be able to tell the difference. Like, when you’re thinking about starting a new project, but you’re nervous about taking the first step so you hesitate.
You do what sounds logical, you research. What happens, though, is sometimes you put off taking action because you need “more info“.
It sounds logical. I mean, you do need to know how to do something before you actually do it, right?
Yes, you do. But when it comes to the point of avoiding action because you’re scared then it’s a subtle form of procrastination.
The annoying part?
Procrastination comes in TONS of varieties, but Tiffany has 4 tips for overcoming procrastination that are simple. They just take some time and work.
1. Look at the big picture of what you have to do
Tiffany reminds us that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture. I mean it IS the big picture, so it should be scary when you first look at it. This is an important first step, though. This big picture is here to be a motivator. It’s a vision that you can use to keep going when the times are tough.
2. to break it down into chunks
Now it’s time to find your first step. Even if you only have ONE step written down towards the big picture, it makes that picture slightly smaller. The only way you get to completing your goals is to take action.
And the easiest way to take action? Have clear and small steps you can continuously take towards your ultimate vision. Breaking your big picture into smaller chunks is going to make it wayyyy less overwhelming to think about, but this will help you make sure you stay on track down the line.
3. track what’s going on
Create a system to track all the steps you have done, and how many more you have to do. There are two important reasons to track your progress:
- so you know you’re on the right path
- because this is a way to show how far you’ve come!
Motivation is a tricky thing to keep up day-to-day, so keeping track is a great way to remind yourself what you’re capable of.
Pro-Tip: Add your progress to your gratitude journal!
4. Create daily/weekly/monthly action plans to keep you organized
Have you done the high impact things today that are going to actually make a difference? Did you avoid focusing on the small stuff? If the answer is no, then you know you’ve got to get back into it.
It’s easy for us to get off course with oh shiny syndrome, so find ways to keep your monthly goals organized! Take some time to create priority lists for each time period.
don’t let perfectionism stop you from overcoming procrastination
Perfectionism is a sneaky form of procrastination. It’s easy to let it get in the way because it’s so good at sounding appealing.
Go back to your shortlist of action items that will have high impact. Don’t get lost in the small stuff (and yes, perfectionism is keeping your eye on the small stuff).
Find and focus on areas that are actually important. Look at your list of priorities and values and make sure they’re aligned with what project you want to start.
Go back to your why. It’s an important step to staying motivated. When things get rough, remind yourself why you wanted to start. Are you making an impact on your life or someone else’s life?
Are you scared? That’s Good!
She suggests starting with ONE thing that scares you and just do it. The more you do the scary stuff, the easier it becomes.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind: 1) You’re going to be terrified and 2) You’re going to suck at your first attempt. I know that sounds unmotivating! — Who wants to be terrified and suck, right? — But I promise, the more you do it, the better you get and the less scared you are.
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Tiffany Jones is the creator of Work With A Purpose, an 8-week program dedicated to helping people build a foundation of mental strength and intentional strategy to pursue their passions and create a life they love. She spent the early part of her career in Atlanta, Georgia working in Apparel Product Development.
In 2015, she founded 726SQFT, a lifestyle blog, and creative services studio, helping entrepreneurs build their businesses through brand and web design. A true creative at heart, she took a leap of faith and left the corporate world to build her business, travel and spend time with family. Through this journey, she realized what she loves most about her work is helping people pursue their dreams in a more meaningful way. She believes that true happiness comes from living a life of fulfilling life work that gives the freedom to live life on your own terms.
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How are you going to cut procrastination from your life? Have you ever disguised your procrastination as perfectionism? Or, do you have other tips for overcoming procrastination? Let me know in the comments below or come on over to Instagram (I’m @MonicaChats) and send me a DM and I’ll make sure to share your tips in my stories.
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