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Are you an expert at putting things off - here is the cure

What do you do if you are an expert at not getting started? How do we change the desire to just waste a little more time on Youtube, think a little instead of doing something that takes us closer to our big goal?

We'll talk about seven common reasons why we procrastinate and how to cure us from the dull disease.

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7. Reasons why we procrastinate:

1. We are afraid of the outcome
We may be afraid to fail, afraid that the dream will be ruined when we look at it closer. The best way to handle this is to acknowledge the fear, feel it and accept that it's there as something natural for anyone who takes new steps.

2. We feel that it's too big to handle
The major objective appears too tricky. Maybe it reminds us of something we had to do when we were younger, before we had the knowledge to do it. Or it can be a difficult thing that we don't have enough knowledge to cope with and therefore we try to avoid it. The key, of course, is to break down what you will do into smaller, more manageable pieces and do one part at a time.

3. We feel rebellious and lazy
We hate the job that must be done and we feel incredibly reluctant to do it. The solution is to find a reward that you get when you've done all or part of the job.

4. The motivation is gone
The only solution to this problem is to look ahead and see what you get in the end if you do the work now. You may avoid nagging, problems, lost time that you can use as you wish or make money so you can buy an X (that thing you've always wanted to have). You must manipulate yourself.

5. We lose focus
Disturbing things are everywhere. You must learn to ignore them. Shut down your computer and turn off your phone if you have to. Check e-mail and voice mail at set times instead of doing so when you lose the desire to work. Find a quiet place where you can concentrate on the task and just take a break as a reward when you have completed parts of the job or the full task.

6. We don't know where to start
Sometimes the task is as big as a house without any entrances. You just wander around and don't know where to go. The best way then is to write down your goals and what you need to do to complete the task. This will usually make it easy to find the entrances.

7. Perfectionism
”I'm a perfectionist.”The phrase is often used as a covert compliment to yourself, but most often perfectionism is about cowardice. Perfectionists never dare to complete something because they are afraid of being criticized. Therefore, it's better to never start anything at all. Remember this: it's always better to do something good today than something perfect tomorrow.

By taking the time to understand your own reasons for putting things off (there are several of course), both you and I take the necessary steps to get better and actually get more things done.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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