Many of us are the kings and queens of procrastination, including yours truly. So when working to achieve your goals, nothing will happen if you don’t take action. It is so easy to get into our heads and talk ourselves out of it. You start thinking well first I need to get my finances in order, or this or that needs to happen. Forget all of that! You ‘ll always have an excuse to not start and delay taking action. The truth is that things don’t get easier when you put them off, they will actually get harder. Our fears and doubts grow, and we start getting more and more used to not achieving what we aim for. Plus who knows what life will throw at us in the future to further complicate things. So here are some helpful tips to get you into action:
-Accountability: I have noticed that if I am held accountable, I will get the work done. The best way for me is to be held accountable by a coach. In the beginning, I’ve tried to have friends hold me accountable, but it hasn’t worked well for me. My friends are too nice and easy going and will let me get out of doing the work. If you however have a friend that will not take any BS, it’s worth a try.
-The second step is to make a plan. It is best to write down your plan for the next day on the night before. This way you already know what to do when you wake up. Get yourself a planner and give yourself a reasonable time span for each action step. For example from 1-2 p.m. I will organize my paperwork and write my emails to my project contacts etc. Just get started, and don’t overthink what has to be in place to get started. Just start with the task and the rest will fall into place, trust me!
-Avoid getting overwhelmed when you’re thinking about all the things you have to do to, as it can get too much. Instead focus on one thing at a time and keep your focus on that. This way it is doable and you start feeling productive and are getting closer to your goal.
-Lastly reward yourself for getting your work done. While you’re doing the work or before starting the task, have that reward in mind. Your reward can be anything that celebrates your success of getting your work done. Maybe it’s something you buy yourself, getting a professional massage, or hanging out with someone you really love. This way you have something to look forward to, and there is an additional pay off for being in action.
Try these simple steps, and if you really follow them, you should see improvement with taking action. If you think you need a specific customized plan that focuses on your needs, I can help you with that. Please schedule a free intake session by clicking the link on the website home page for one.