Tip of the Week – May 25, 2011
Our society has become less about working toward goals, and more driven toward immediate gratification. The great loss in this shift is the elation that comes at the end of successfully toiling away at a worthwhile endeavor.
Adding a personal battle with procrastination to the equation only makes the dull tasks that much easier to push to the back burner in your business.
But why do we procrastinate?
My theory doesn’t involve poor time management or laziness, but centers around the reality that if you don’t regularly have something to look forward to, a “reward” for a job well done, then what’s the impetus to actually doing it?
As a solopreneur, it’s easy to get caught up in an “all work, no play” existence when you are responsible for getting everything done all the time. Justifying time off can become a game you play with yourself. But when you don’t take the time to rest, refresh and have some fun every once in a while, the urge to procrastinate can become even stronger.
Your mind and body are incapable of producing 24/7/365, and crave time off. The more you stay in tune with your needs, and plan for activities that take care of you, the less of a battle you will have with yourself over gutting through the undesirable to-do’s of life.
So I challenge you to decide how you will reward yourself today after you complete something that you’ve been pushing to the back burner. I can guarantee that getting it done will be a lot less of a chore when you know there’s something fabulous waiting for you. Please share your plans in the comments below.