Are you procrastinating in developing your business?

23Aug
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You’ve started your business, and there is a hell of a lot to do! You have to work on your website, marketing, branding, social media, connections, building and growing your list, launching products, and the list keeps going!

You have dreams and visions, but your days go by and it doesn’t feel like you’ve accomplished anything. All you remember is that you entered Facebook in the morning, with the idea of just catching up with your virtual friends and, suddenly, the day is gone and nothing got done.

Are you hiding behind Facebook, Twitter, or the TV?

Well, you’re not alone. I’ve talked to many women who’ve shared similar concerns. They all find ways to procrastinate, and avoid taking responsibility for their businesses.

If you’ve been avoiding what you need to be doing to grow your business, this may be a good time to ask yourself WHY.

Why are you avoiding the things you need to do?

Are you too stressed out?

Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks you need to tackle in order to build momentum in your business.

Maybe you’ve spent too much time comparing yourself to other entrepreneurs, and you’re feeling defeated, frustrated, or that you’re not good enough to run a successful business.

If you feel this way, I invite you to try something different.

The first step is to look at your feelings and accept that you are stuck in this place.

The second step is to forgive yourself for feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, not good enough, and for wasting your time procrastinating.

It is most important that you go through this simple process in a loving and a self-caring way. You’ve already “beaten yourself up” enough. You don’t need to add any more discomfort.

Accepting simply means: This is what I’ve been doing, and this is how I feel about the situation.

Forgiving means: Even though I’ve been slacking off, I still love and accept myself unconditionally.

First, you need to come to terms with where you are, then you can take positive action.

You may want to journal your feelings as part of the accepting and forgiving process, or you may just say it in your mind until it sits within and feels right. Do it, even if it’s hard for your brain to understand. The more you go through this process, the easier it will get to talk to yourself in a loving and caring way.

Now, it’s the time to take Loving Action:

The action is simple, it consist of two parts done in combination:

Break your tasks into tiny action steps + Bring your Hell Yeah! into each step

  • List all the tasks you need to do
  • Break them down into different categories (ex: website, marketing, social media, etc.)
  • Look at your tasks and identify the most urgent ones

Bring your Hell Yeah! into each step. What does this mean? The Hell Yeah! is the inner barometer where your joy and enthusiasm reside. We need to follow that joy in order to manifest our dreams and live in abundance. When we follow our joy, we accomplish more and move forward way faster.

Bring your joy into each task. This may mean there are some tasks you just don’t want to do at all! Try to find a way to delegate that task, so you can focus on the ones that give you joy.

Here are some action steps you can take to follow your joy:

  • Organize your calendar and identify three to five tasks a day that need to be done. Start with the most joyful and go to the least. (Don’t be tempted to do more than five in the beginning, or the list will feel overwhelming and you won’t ever tackle it).
  • Start small. If you can only do three tasks a day, then that’s great! One of them should be a task you identified as urgent. It’s important that you do the joyful tasks daily (maybe the more creative ones), so you can feel fulfilled. Then tackle the urgent ones.
  • Do a Hell Yeah! before work: Go on a walk, have a nice healthy breakfast, or read an uplifting book before you start the day. Consider meditating daily or go to a Yoga class before you sit down in front of the computer.

Bottom line:

Do something that will fulfill you first, so you can work out of your overflow instead of trying to work out of your lack.

Remember, breaking down the steps into tiny joyful tasks, and bringing the joy into your spirit before and during your work will help you greatly.

And don’t forget to do the inner work before you do the action steps. Acceptance and forgiveness are key to breaking the pattern of procrastination and moving towards your dreams.

Let me know in the comments below how you approach your work.

I’d love to hear from you once you try these tips out. We are here to learn from each other and grow into our abundance together.

If you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends so they can use the tools as well!

Much Loving Abundance,

Mercedes

 

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