Do you want to become more productive?
Do you want to go 10X on your daily goals?
Do you want to be the winner at the finish line?
Look, I’m going to go ahead and be upfront with you, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to continue reading this article because I guarantee that it will help you improve your life even more. Yes, there are plenty of people who procrastinate meaning they hold off on completing the task rather than getting shit done right away but successful entrepreneurs are different- they always push through to finish the task even if there is “a lot going on” in their life. These kind of people don’t bullshit because they know hard work pays off. While others are “busy” going out, successful entrepreneurs are kicking ass. If you are ready to be more productive and have the life you want, here are four steps to not procrastinating: Start doing, begin with the hardest task, face your fears, and finish what you started.
- Start doing and stop thinking. As simple as that may sound, people have the tendency to overthink about the task and then they wind up not doing anything- not that productive right? To overcome this step, you need to stop over analyzing and just do it. Some ways that can help you with this step is watch a motivational video on YouTube or listen to a song that makes you want to jump out of your bed and do shit. To help with overanalyzing, write down the pros and cons of not finishing the task; this will help you visually see why it is so important to complete the task and understand why you need to get it done. Another way to help you reduce overthinking is knowing that the more you wait, the longer it will feel to accomplish your task. Take initiative and action, no one is going to hold your hand. You can’t build a foundation in life if you haven’t even started it. A quote from Pablo Picasso that I wanted to share with you:
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
- Begin with the hardest task. The key to this step is to prioritize the tasks that needs to be done first- the one with a time crunch. To do so effectively, organizing the tasks is easier done on paper rather than writing it in your head. If you knock out the most important thing first, you will feel more at ease and be able to stay focus on your other tasks.As you write down your schedule, think about how long each task is going to be. When you figure the estimated time, put it alongside with each task. This will help you keep track of your time and not double book any appointments or meetings. This is one of the most important steps to follow through because this encourages you to stay motivated, punctual, and productive throughout the whole day. There is the old saying, time is money and money is time. So ask yourself, are you making money or losing money. Author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey, stated:
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”
- Face your fears and stop listening to the negativity. In an article, The Key to Success for Entrepreneurs, it is said that an average person has about 12,000 – 60,000 thoughts a day and 80% of are negative and only 20% are positive. This doesn’t mean that you can’t change it- just redirect your thoughts to something more positive. If you want to learn more on how this process works, check out the article in my blog section. Some people turn their fears into a reality which stunts them from doing what they need to do. There are many ways you can overcome this challenge. Instead of worrying inside your head, write down your fears and really think about whether it is going to kill you or not. I know for the most part that it is not going to kill you but it would probably kill you more if you don’t do your task. There was a story about a man who had an opportunity to close a big deal and all he had to do was finalize the contract but instead of doing so, his negative thoughts told him that he will never be successful doing this deal and there was no way he would be ready for something this big. The business man did not close the deal and someone else in his firm did. Like this example, opportunities will not run after you, you have to run after it and sometimes along the way, there will be obstacles and distractions. It is up to you to realize your fears are not true. When you feel doubt, remember that it is only temporary. Renown author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie, quoted:
“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
- Finish what you started and end strong. Not everything in life that you do is going to be perfect. There are going to be plenty of times where you fuck up but what will make you stand out from the crowd is how you finish the race. Sometimes when you are in the process of completing a task, along the way you might feel unmotivated to continue. And in these times, you must be stronger than ever. What you do during a time like that will help you see your true character. This is why successful entrepreneurs are wealthy, when they want to give up, they don’t- instead they persevere, drop the lame excuses and continue to do it 10X harder. Look, I’m going to go ahead and be upfront with you, if innovators did not to do this last step, we wouldn’t have electricity or a smart phone. Finishing what you started affects your mind and body. If you complete a hard task, when you are given another one, you will not give up so easily and would push yourself to do more difficult tasks. A quote that I live by from Nike:
“It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.”
If you really are serious about being productive in your life, stop giving yourself lame excuses and start reaching to your potential. Also, look into having a coach or mentor- it is vital to have guidance from someone who knows the game and wants you to succeed. Most, if not all, the big name entrepreneurs out there had someone coaching them to be where they are today. If you want to learn more on how to be more productive or how to find the right mentor, schedule a Skype call- if you are local, set a one on one meeting.
Remember, the main key is to prioritize your tasks and finish them.
Stay tuned for the next article about giving and receiving.