As I blog, there are seemingly LOADS of things to do. Often I get worried that it is all too much and have a “I can’t do it day”
Then I put my big girls panties on and just STOP procrastinating and get on with it.
I have a pretty clear new plan for this blog thanks to the FABULOUS step by Step guide to starting a blog.
Whenever I feel stuck I go back through the book and start back from where the block is and it all becomes much clearer.
SERIOUSLY if you are thinking at all of starting a blog, do yourself a HUGE favour and buy Suzi’s ebook.
Now back to getting stuff done….
Tip 1. When the task seems too huge to contemplate, break it down into smaller chunks. example.. this post.. I had an idea of writing about procrastination and how to overcome it but it seemed to be taking forever to be able to work out what to say. I have started, deleted and restarted it more times than I care to admit. I was hung up on a title of “10 ways to kick procrastination to the kerb and get stuff done” WRONG!!! To get moving I did a brain dump of all the ways I could think of to get moving and then fleshed each one out. (Note how I got more than 10 🙂 )
Tip 2: Prioritze. Work out needs to be done first before you can move on to something else. With most large projects it is often the little boring things that in the end are often not even seen, that are the most important bits. The foundation stones of a building are usually hidden from view but without them the whole building will fall down.
Tip 3: Move. I often find that when I am stuck, getting up from my desk and just going for a walk gets the juices flowing again.
Tip 4: Move. Hang on..didn’t you just say that? Yeah I did, but this time I mean, pack up your laptop and move to a different location. I might mean and hour at a cafe with a coffee, or pack a quick sandwich and head to a shady spot in the park. I could even be as simple as moving from your office desk to your balcony.
Tip 5: Make yourself a deadline. Tell anyone who will listen that you ARE going to (insert task here) today, or by a given day. Heck amp it up a bit and encourage public humiliation on Facebook if it is not done 🙂 <<<< kidding but you get the idea. Social media bullying is a real thing, I am sure your friends are not jerks 🙂
Tip 6: Make mini deadlines throughout the day. Set yourself a deadline that “I will finish this task in 15 minutes” I LOVE this tip for housework. Instead of looking at the whole house as a disaster area, try starting in one room and saying “In 10 minutes the TV unit will be clean” then get at it !! after that ” In 10 minutes the benchtops will be clean”
Tip 7: Deter yourself from distractions. Do you find yourself on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest instead of working? Log out of social media sites so it is a chore to log back in, the action of having to log-in will be a reminder that you are not meant to be here!! I have one colleague who actually does not have ANY social media/games/personal email addresses etc on her WORK laptop. When she is working that is all that is there, just the tools to do her job. All her personal fun stuff is on her tablet.
OR . Does the phone ring and you just have to chat to your Mother/Sister/Friend? Put your phone on silent or place in another room where you won’t here it. If your Mother/Sister/Friend is like some of mine that, if you don’t answer your phone- you MUST be dying and will take any and all means to get in contact .. change your voice mail to something like “Hi. you have reached Sue. I am really busy right now and cannot be reached until 5:00 this afternoon. In case of an emergency you can reach (significant other) on (12345678)”
Tip 8: Chat to someone you has “been there- done that” Sometimes when it all seems too hard, a gentle nudge from someone who has already done it can help. They might help to re-clarify your goals and suggest ways to move forward.
Tip 9: Stop making excuses! Just DO IT!! Us women are soooooo bad at telling ourselves it has to be perfect. 🙁 SERIOUSLY woman, If you spoke to your best friend the way the way you talk to yourself – well – you might not have a friend for much longer!!! Perfectionism is a terrible thing. It is far to easy to look at high achievers and see the seemingly perfect life. What we forget, or just neglect to see, is that “perfection” has been a long time coming. That 6 figure blog started out looking like everybody else’s start up. The difference is, now they have the resources to spend money on designers and stylists. The gorgeous mansion is just the latest in a long line of houses leading up to this one.
Tip 10: Be realistic. There is no point in setting yourself up to fail. You cannot build a whole blog in one day. Nor can you declutter an entire house in one day. If you write the world’s LOOOONGEST to-do list. It is just not going to happen and your will feel bad.
BONUS TIP: This one may actually be the MOST important step.
Reward yourself. When you have reached your goal, make sure you celebrate. It be as simple as boiling the kettle and having a well earned cup of tea and a piece of that cake that is in the fridge 🙂 or it could be something big like a weekend away when you hit $x in sales. While partaking in your reward, it is important to reflect on how you worked to achieve it. Pat yourself on the back… you made it.
Now that this is finished… I am off to get myself that rewarding cup of tea. NO cake in the fridge though 🙁