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The Top 3 Ways to End Procrastination

Aug 25, 2007
Are there important projects on your "to do" list that haven't been completed? Do you keep telling yourself you're going to "get to them", only to find they're still on your list... month later. It doesn't feel very good, does it? Especially as an entrepreneur because every project represents money in the bank, or a dream being realized.

Whenever I find myself in this situation (which is less and less these days), I follow one of these 3 ways to stop procrastinating and get going. But, before you read further, think about one project that's been on your "to do" list for quite a while. And, at the end of this article make a decision to follow one of these courses of action to end your procrastination.

Make A Financial Commitment
You've probably heard the expression, "Put some skin in the game." The "skin" this phrase refers to is money. So, if you're on the fence about taking action on something, one of the best ways to break your inertia and start moving is to make a financial commitment to your goal. When you've got "skin" in the game, you have a good reason to get going... every Dollar is a reason!

For many entrepreneurs, myself included, I invest in a coach to help me achieve my goals. Something happens when you make a financial commitment (to yourself)... you want to get your money's worth! So, if you're the type of person who wants to get Your money's worth, invest in a coach whose hourly rate is out of your comfort zone. Stretching beyond your comfort zone is the critical piece in stepping up your own business and ending procrastination.

For some people $50 is a stretch, for other $5,000 is a stretch, for other its $10,000. Whatever feels like a stretch to you, make that investment, and a commitment to get your money's worth. The results will astound you.

Make A Public Commitment
Another way to end procrastination is to make a public commitment. A public commitment is one where you tell other people what you you're going to do. When you have a commitment to other people, the responsibility to "make good" on your word will get you in gear to finally accomplish the project you've been putting off.

Here are a few examples of how you can make a public commitment:
Schedule a seminar you want to teach (and book the location)
Announce to your ezine subscribers about something you're Going to offer
Say "yes" to a speaking engagement before you have the speech written
Say "yes" to anything that fits in your business plan... Before you're "ready"
Pre-sell a product prior to it's completion
Tell people you're going to do something, and Then figure out how to do it
Warning: Public commitments are not for the faint of heart. These types of commitments can be scarier than putting skin in the game. If you make a public commitment to stop your procrastination, be prepared to "sweat it out" a few times before it all comes together. On the other hand, this is a Great way to get your tush in gear.

Delegate and Eliminate
Did you know that one of the best ways to end procrastination is to simply delete the task from YOU list. There are 2 ways to do this. The first method is to delegate whatever you keep putting off. You can use service like elance.com to quickly, easily and affordably, find sub-contractors for everything from copywriting and graphic design to website development, press releases and virtual assistance, etc. Delegate is one of my favorite ways to get things done... empower someone else to do it for you!

The other method to get things off your "to do" list without having to do them is to simply eliminate the project. Let's face it. If it's been sitting on your list for a long time with no action, it may not fit into your overall goals and plan anymore. Take a close look at the project and if it isn't a priority anymore Delete it, release it and don't spend another minute thinking about it. It's OK to let things go, it frees up your energy to do those things that matter more.

Now that you know the top 3 ways to end procrastination, go back to the task that came to mind at the beginning of this article. And, decide which of the above 3 tools you'll use to end your procrastination and get into action (or elimination) once and for all.

copyright Christine Kloser
About the Author
Want To Use This Article In Your Ezine or Website? You have my permission, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Christine Kloser "The Conscious Business Coach," publishes the revolutionary 'Conscious Business Connection' ezine. If you're ready to transform "what is" to "what's possible" for your business, get your FR^EE tips now at http://www.ConsciousBizReport.com.
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