Setting Goals and Taking Action Makes the Difference and Gives You an Unfair Advantage
There are basically just three simple steps to take when you want to eliminate procrastination now. These are…Set A Goal — Write It Down — Get Started. Setting goals is the easy part. Everyone can do that. Writing down your goals is also easy, but very few take this step. Getting started is the piece of this equation than eludes many because procrastination sets in.
Getting over procrastination takes action. Of course that is easier said than done. Today I’m going to share a simple three-step process with you that will help you get out of your head and into action to get more done than you ever thought possible.
It all starts with a goal. You have to know what it is you want to accomplish. If you don’t know what your goal is, it’s extremely difficult to know what you should be doing first or what you should be doing right now to move in the right direction. So what do we do instead? Anything other than the work we know needs to get done. I’ve been known to clean the grout in my bathroom instead of writing a blog post as my way of procrastinating.
Your goal is simply putting what you know you need to get done into words. A good goal has defined parameters and a set deadline. That doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s a simple goal we all strive to accomplish; we have to file our taxes by April 15th in the United States. You have a pretty good idea of what paperwork you need, would forms you need to fill out, and where you need to turn them in. You also know what your deadline is. In other words, you have a well-defined goal when it comes to filing your income taxes. And yes, I realize many people still procrastinate when it comes to this particular task. That’s why the remaining steps are just as important as the first one. For now I want you to think about one thing you need to get done and turn it into a goal.
Write it down. I don’t care if you find a random scrap of paper, use your favorite notebook, or type a note to yourself on your phone. The important part is that you put your goal into writing. This does two things. First of all, it helps you clarify what your goal is. You have to get pretty specific when you try to put…