First ask why you’re procrastinating. Typical reasons include the project is so big we don’t know where to start, we don’t know how to do it, or we simply don’t like the project or task and just put it off.
Eventually you have to get going. As all procrastinators have experienced, the longer you wait, the worse the stress and the more likely things are to go wrong because your margin of time has shrunk. Here are some ways to help even the most chronic procrastinator
Chunk it down
Break the task down into very small parts. This makes it much more manageable. Pick the easiest one you can do and do that first. Keep plugging away, doing a small thing every day.
Get others to help
This is useful if you just don’t have the confidence that you know how to do the job. Find a piece that someone else has expertise in. Ask them if they can advise you or do that piece. In exchange ask if there’s something you can do for them.
This goes farther than the above tactic. In this scenario, you delegate out large parts of the project to others. Delegate the things that are not the highest and best use of your time. Only delegate the lesser tasks to those who report to you. Remember to set clear expectations and check in on progress.
Create documentation for the next time
If you think this could be a recurring task or project, make sure you document this time. That will save you bundles of time next time around and will lessen the tendency to procrastinate because you already have the road map.
Right Now action:
Take one current project or recurring task and break it into smaller actions. Then delegate at least one part of it.
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