One of the biggest reasons people don’t do well with a home business is that it’s so easy to procrastinate. I know I procrastinate far more than I should, even when I’m looking at where I’d like my business to be. It’s just easier to do other things too much of the time.
The challenge is figuring out how to not procrastinate so much. That part takes some work.
Why Do You Procrastinate?
There are all kinds of reasons people procrastinate. Maybe you’re avoiding working on a part of your home business you don’t particularly enjoy working on. Maybe there’s something you’d rather do with the family. Maybe there’s a show you’d like to watch on television. Maybe you’re tired because it has already been a long, difficult day and you’d just like to head to bed a bit early tonight.
Whatever your reason, you need to recognize when you’re using it too much. There are times when it’s appropriate to do something other than work on your home business. Most of us like to have a life as well as a business, after all. It’s when you give in to excuses too often that you need to look at why you’re doing that to yourself, your business and your hopes for success.
How Do You Stop Procrastinating?
It’s hard to stop procrastinating. So often you feel as though you have a good reason to put off doing the work you know you should be doing. You may not feel bad about it until later, such as when you check your stats and realize you aren’t earning what you’d hoped to earn this month, and realize that you really didn’t work that hard.
You have to figure out what motivates you to keep working, even when it means you won’t get to do something else you’d like to work on. What is it you love about your home business? What attracted you to it in the first place?
If you were attracted by the idea that you can work entirely on your own schedule with a home business, for example, you’re probably quickly realizing that it takes more than taking a break whenever you feel like it to make a successful home business. It takes a lot of hard work, often more than you would be doing for a job. The short work week of the home business owner usually doesn’t come right away. It comes after serious hard work to build the base of the business. It may never come at all, depending on the kind of business you’re running and the success you have at it.
Compare what attracted you to your home business with what you now know you need to do in order to succeed with it. There are often many differences from what you expected at first. You need to put those parts together to work on the bad work habits you’ve built. Find something in there that will motivate you to keep working.
It may be as simple as making a chart of your goals and posting it near your work area, somewhere it can be seen clearly. Update your progress regularly.
A picture of something you’d like to buy when you earn enough may be a help as well. Get those dreams out where you can see them.
What I don’t recommend is focusing too much on what procrastination has cost you. That’s looking back and is too negative. It’s not a bad thing to be aware of it, but don’t focus on what might have been. Focus on what could be if you just work hard enough.
Don’t focus entirely on the wild dreams either. Just as with setting goals, your motivation to keep working should be something you can get within a reasonable time frame.
Figure Out Ways to Make Up Lost Time
Sometimes you can’t help but be interrupted as you work. That’s life. It happens.
That doesn’t mean you can’t plan for losing work time. You just have to figure out what to do about it so you don’t get too far behind.
It may mean planning to stay up late or get up early to get some more work time in. Do whichever is better for you.
It may mean working on the weekend when you were hoping for a break. It may mean skipping your favorite television shows because you’ve realized building your business is more important. That’s what DVRs are for anyhow, right? You may be able to take time later for them.
If you have kids, it may even mean paying someone to watch your kids for a time, or asking a family member to help you out for a bit. You can get a lot more work done in a short amount of time if the kids aren’t underfoot, as a general rule.
Never give up on yourself just because you tend to procrastinate. Find a way to motivate yourself to limit that habit and get things done any way you can. Your hard work should pay off eventually.