How To Overcome Procrastination

Understand the psychology of procrastination and how you can overcome it

Do you compulsively delay things for “tomorrow” and have a list of business ideas that never saw the light of day?

To understand where this procrastination is coming from and successfully overcome it, you need to figure out why you procrastinate and what is causing it.

To help you achieve this, we’ve compiled a short list of psychological triggers that we invite you to explore to find out what could be getting in your way…

Abstract Goals

We are much more likely to procrastinate when our goals are abstract because they make us feel like the goal is “impossible”, has no end and thus would take a lifetime to complete.

Examples of this are “get fit”, “build my business” or “read every day”.

A better goal would be “Complete my business plan in 30 days”. This goal is specific, has an end, and is achievable.

Anxiety & Uncertainty

People sometimes procrastinate because they feel anxious about a task that they need to handle.

For example, someone who feels anxious about checking their bills might repeatedly delay doing so, even though this avoidance won’t make the problem go away.

It’s important here to remind ourselves that we won’t have certainty until we are in the trenches, and focused on DOING instead of OVERTHINKING, which can sometimes be detrimental.

Perfectionism

Do you find yourself waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect idea to start working on your business?

The truth is no business will ever be perfect, because business in its essence is a process of testing and iteration, and is ever-evolving.

There is also no time that is ever perfect, as we will always find reasons NOT to pursue our goals. It’s in these moments where we must make a firm decision about what we want in life, and make the circumstances work for us – instead of waiting for the circumstances to work.

Fear of failure

People often procrastinate because they’re afraid of failing at the tasks that they need to complete. 

For example, someone might be so worried that their business idea will fail, that they end up continuing to work on it indefinitely, without ever making it available to the public.

If you constantly find yourself “delaying” your launch, chances are this fear of failure is playing a part in that delay. You might want to take some time to reflect upon the possibility of failure and accept it as a possible result, while understanding that it is part of the process of iteration that comes with business.

Feeling Overwhelmed

It can be daunting to start working on your business or business idea when there is so much to be done, and you don’t know where to start. 

When so much information and to-dos are stored in our minds, it can start to take a toll psychologically and emotionally. A great way to overcome this is to write everything down. List out all the steps you need to take right now to achieve your goal, and any ideas you have for the future as well.

By writing it down, you are releasing it from your mind and freeing yourself from overwhelm. It also helps to have a mentor that has already achieved this goal that can walk you through the steps you need to take gradually.

If you enjoyed this article on how to overcome procrastination once and for all, let us know if you have any procrastination tips of your own in the comments!

Written by Abby El-Asmar

Abby is a business & marketing consultant – and the founder of Ummahpreneur. His passion is to nurture a new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs that will impact the world in a positive way while uplifting the Ummah!

October 8, 2021

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