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How to overcome procrastination - tips for entrepreneurs

Let's talk about procrastination, we've all been through that at some point... and it's ok. The goal of this article is to help you step into your next level of self-leadership on your personal development journey.

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Map of this article:

- What causes procrastination (and what procrastination is not)

- Tips to overcome procrastination

- Benefits and outcomes of overcoming procrastination

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What can cause procrastination

There are a few things that can cause procrastination... But before I talk about them, let me first tell you what procrastination is not:

Procrastination is not laziness

Procrastination is common for high achievers actually but it is not a sign that you're lazy!!!

It often - ok, always - hides subconscious blocks so if you procrastinate, please don't think you're lazy, don't think bad about yourself, just see yourself as someone who needs to shift a pattern. And it's ok. We all do.

It doesn't mean anything about you as a human, it simply means you're human :)

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8 causes of procrastination

  • a lack clarity on your next steps: you have goals and desires but you don't have a practical strategy to get there. Or maybe you do and you're not sure where to start exactly

  • you haven't found (yet) what sets your soul on fire, you procrastinate on things that you don't necessarily enjoy doing or you haven't fully unlocked your potential yet (it's not necessarily something big, it might just be a small shift, like giving yourself permission to do something different or to be yourself, for example).

  • overwhelm: there are so many possibilities, you have so many ideas... which one to choose? where to even start? and what if you choose the "wrong" one?

  • fear of missing out, making a mistake or failing, which causes more self-doubt

  • fear of success, fear of not being able to maintain the level of success once you'll have achieved it...

  • perfectionism: you want things to be perfect but you're not sure if they are

  • lack of support and encouragement to step into your power

  • self-sabotage (you're not aware of it, it's subconscious and it can be linked to a fear of success or a false belief according to which you're not feeling "worthy" or "good enough").

All of these things come from past wounds but you can change things and overcome any of these causes!.

At some point of your life, a situation happened and made that you stopped trusting yourself, maybe you were made fun of, shamed, belittled for an action you took or simply for being yourself... You of course know that this is not an excuse, because you're a powerful being, however, it's an explanation and it's important to acknowledge it so you don't think there's something "wrong" with you and you don't beat yourself up.

Maybe as a child you were yelled at for doing "something wrong" and your caretakers had disproportionate reactions, ex: you were punished for something insignificant that you for sure didn't deserve. Your defense mechanism and subconscious mind associated "taking action" or "being yourself" as "unsafe".

As a result, procrastination has come into your life like an uninvited and unwelcome guest...

Let me reassure you, it's very common, you're not alone and there's nothing wrong with you (so please hug yourself!).

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Tips to overcome procrastination

Here are 9 tips I want to share to help you overcome procrastination:

  • self-awareness: be present with yourself, notice how you feel emotionally and mentally and be aware of your patterns, reactions and inner speech

  • prioritising and setting daily achievable goals: write your to-do list and prioritise what is urgent, important and what is not-so urgent (what I call secondary tasks).

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  • accountability: hold yourself accountable during the day and at the end of each working day. If you need help, see if you can find an accountability partner, a friend or meet someone new online (ex: in a Facebook group) who'd need an accountability partner too.

  • reward yourself and your efforts: it doesn't have to be something big (although you can totally do that) but small rewards to keep your motivation going. Even your seemingly small wins need to be celebrated :)

  • remove any distractions: turn off notifications for a given period of time, have a glass of water next to you

  • deciding and committing to the task you're setting yourself to tackle, deciding to take the "scary action" even if it is "imperfect"

  • work on your growth and success mindset: journaling is your bestie: if you notice that you have a fear or that something is blocking you, journal about it, be there for yourself.

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  • monitor your inner speech: be gentle with yourself and reformulate your sentences when you notice you're not being friendly towards yourself :) this will help you shift your patterns of self-sabotage and increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • meditate: this will help you clear your mind and get back to your own center, to your own heart and focus on the present moment.

Here is a quick guided meditation that can help you create peace in less than 2 minutes (yes, it doesn't need to take you longer :) )

Benefits and outcomes of overcoming procrastination

The good news is that you can end this pattern of procrastination and heal what's causing it so you can:

  • silence your mind to make it work for you (and not against you, bye bye nasty little voice)

  • be able to hear the voice of your heart (= your intuition)

  • trust yourself to make decisions that move your life and business forward

  • focus on taking actions that bring results

All of this means

  • more joy

  • a more loving inner speech,

  • improved mood & health

  • increased productivity

  • therefore more free time with your loved ones or do all the fun activities you enjoy :)

  • increasing your impact and become an even more powerful leader to your clients and community

  • more success and more fulfilment

Successful entrepreneur who has overcome procrastination
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I'm looking forward to connecting with you, Take care, Morgane

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