Learn to overcome procrastination

Shelley Taylor-Smith ... is a respected Motivational Keynote Speaker, Seven-time World Champion marathon swimmer, and International best selling author, Business trainer and Success coach.

She has proven that any ordinary Australian can achieve extraordinary results.

As the founder and director of Champion Mindset® Consulting, Shelley works with small businesses and individuals to achieve success and peak performance removing the blockages that stop people from succeeding.

Have you started the year off with great intentions only to find yourself right now in the same place as maybe last year? Heck did you start the year off all gung ho owning your small business and ran out of puff?

We need to find those deep sources of motivation of why you made those particular goals in the first place such as:
  • You want to propel yourself out of the rat race
  • You want to own your own life, instead of life owning you
  • You want to do more for your family and your children
  • You want to be healthier and live life to the fullest
  • You want to have some freedom time and retire with a smile on your face ... not in poverty, wondering what you did wrong
Your vision is currently fogged over. Procrastination is focusing on all the reasons why you have not completed or taken action and it is easy to lose focus on what matters most and the benefits of being a small business owner.

Well now is the time to overcome procrastination once and for all. I want you to know something really important. You did not just wake up one day and suffer with procrastination. We are creatures of habit. So you have been practicing procrastination for more than you can remember. And it frustrates you, drains you and prevents you from achieving your goals, both personally and professionally.

To overcome procrastination and achieve your goals this year you need to re-focus, re-energise and re-evaluate. Here are some practical ways to keep you going all the way to the finish line with energy in reserve to celebrate your success!

1. Declutter

To go forward you need to clean out that clutter so you can see clearly. Start the year off with a clean slate and rid yourself of any negative energy left over from the previous year.

  • Clean out the unachieved goals - Write down all those goals not achieved in 2006 or even 2005 - how long you remember means you've been holding onto it in your memory and that distracts you from going forward.
  • List those forgotten achieved goals - you may have got sidetracked focused on what you didn't achieve to acknowledge what you did achieve no matter how big or small.
  • Finally list those gonna do it goals - These are the goals that you had all good intentions of completing and also those other ones that you just never started. Procrastinators are great gonna do-ers!

2. Goal setting

Review the list of what you want to achieve this year:

  • Identify your goals in the 5 key areas of career, finance, health & fitness, family/relationships and personal growth
  • Define SMARTY goals - Specific, Measurable, As if NOW, Responsible, Timed toward what you want (the date for completion) & Your Inspiration.
  • What benefits will result for you achieving this goal?
  • What are the major obstacles to overcome to reach your goal?
  • What skills or knowledge is required to achieve your goal?
  • What are the individuals, groups or companies and organisations to work with to achieve your goal?
  • Celebrate Success - how are you going to celebrate achieving your goal!

3. Detailed Plan of Action

Plan Weekly

If you don't plan weekly, you are managing your life by crisis! Short term planning outside weekly planning will drive a crisis mentality and then other's people's definitions of what's important overtakes yours and whatever really is urgent but on reflection it is not important.Champion Commitment Number 1: I will plan weekly for the next 21 days. (That is not 21 times - it is only 3 times, once each week).

If you plan weekly you'll find that you will not have to make as many changes on a daily basis as you thought you would. Why? Your Champion spirit of preparation has suppressed your constant tendency to see everything as a crisis.

Plan Daily

Commit to daily planning: Looking at what is already there which is committed to in the weekly plan and then look at the rest of the day. Doing this at the beginning of the day will define your day.

A. Check today's appointments:
These are appointments you have already made a commitment to: projects, existing and potential customers, suppliers etc.

B. Make a realistic list:
We will be tempted every day in doing our daily plan when we set a to-do list and when we complete it what do you do, we cross it off as it makes us feel good that we have accomplished something and we have succeeded.

How good does it feel when you accomplish something? It secretes the natural high - those endorphins that rush through your body and it feels wonderful and even better - it is legal.

REMEMBER to write it down so you can cross it off and allow the WOOOSH of that good feeling rushing through your body. I bet you will never forget to write down your to-do's. Enjoy the celebration of accomplishment - you deserve it!

C. Prioritise the list: Prioritise by value in four categories:
Value the list in A, B, C. A = high importance today, B = medium, C = low.

Champion Commitment Number 2: I will plan daily for the next 21 days.

Fewer things are A's than B's. B is where you will spend the most of your day. A's are the biggest pay off and biggest return on investment. Then review you're A's in sequence in the order that you plan to do them. A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3 and so on.

  • Choose time of day - morning or evening what works best for you to complete your daily list. Only takes 5-10mins to do in a quiet place.
  • Block out the time in your day for emails and return phone calls.

‘Your greatest power is your ability to act.' Anthony Robbins

REMEMBER: Creating the list is one thing. Doing it is another.

4. Dealing with the unexpected interruptions

When you get interruptions, emails, distractions that are commonly called ‘detours' how do you deal them in your day?

Champion Commitment Nnumber 3: I will keep the main thing the main thing.
Your daily plan is like a road map so if you take a detour, your daily plan will refocus you. This is your key to recovery to get you back on track to achieve your priorities. If there is no plan, it will take you longer to recover from the detour than it will take you to handle it. Once there is a plan in place the recovery is much quicker.

REMEMBER: Technology is your servant it is not your master.

Stephen Covey says it best: "Learn to say yes to what is most important and no to that which is urgent if it is not important."

So don't be a slave to it. Don't be controlled by it. Learn to turn it off when you don't want to use it.

When focusing on what is important turn off your mobile phone, put your pager on silent, turn your inbox to offline, close your office door and/or turn your office phone onto message bank.

5. One Goal at a Time

Champion Commitment Number 4: At the end of 21 days of practicing both your weekly planning and your
daily planning write to me via email and give me your progress report. Report to me at the following email address: feedback@championmindset.com.au

People sometimes try making many changes at once then get disillusioned because there are too many things to do and just give up. If you've done this in the past, tackle one goal at a time and remember: never give up, so you can only ever win!

Your Champion Reward: Send me your progress report and receive A complimentary goal planner: "My Champion Motivational Goal Planner" for your commitment to overcoming procrastination and achieving your goals.

"My Champion Motivational Goal Planner" is personally Taylor-Made for you - so you can NOW start to achieve your goals for YOUR life both personally and professionally.... A4 in size and laminated, so you can write your goals, set a date for achievement, and sign as your personal commitment. As you achieve them - wipe it clean and your set, ready to go for new goals.

Respected Motivational Keynote Speaker, International Best Selling Author, Champion Mindset® Business Trainer and Success Coach, Shelley Taylor-Smith has proven that any ordinary Australian can achieve extraordinary results. Her internationally bestselling biography ‘Dangerous When Wet - The Shelley Taylor-Smith Story' and her motivational messages support her mission statement to empower others achieve their birthright: to be successful and achieve your goals.

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