In this post, I will be revealing from personal experience how to overcome procrastination in the reality of today’s way of life. My reality maybe the same as yours. Having a full-time job, being a parent, and starting a business part time is hard work. In fact, it’s a brutal challenge not to be underestimated but I want to say to you right now in clear words: it’s possible for you to overcome procrastination, stop getting distracted and finally start getting things done to make progress in your life. How do I know? I’ve done it..
My advice is most likely going to be very different from the others out there that may be telling you need to get into a quiet room, turn everything off and get to work. As effective as that may work for you, in my life it just isn’t an option so below I will share with you, my honest opinion and experience as a father to a 1-year-old and an 8-year-old while working on our future starting a business how you can get yourself into a mindset to start getting things done.
Watch The Video:
I know what procrastination feels like. Wanting to take action but not doing so. Why can’t you take action? It always feels like there is something that can take your attention away from doing what needs to be done. When you are in a family with young children, I think it’s one of the most difficult situations to be in because there is ALWAYS something. This can get you going down a painful path of not making progress until you potentially get to the point where you give up. You stop even trying and settle. I don’t want this to happen for you so I have listed just some things that have helped me in the past 12 months.
The first mindset shift I had was to embrace my situation. Accepting it for what it is and embracing it. If you watched the video, you will see I have Baby TV on, I have the house work to do and my daughter to look after. Not just that, I have food to prepare for when Theo and Kylie get home. How do I make progress with all those distractions? I do I even start getting things done? I ultimately embrace it by acceptance, this is the life I have and I’m still going to make it. Just try it where ever you are right now. Accept your situation, embrace it and see every little step forward as a massive win! Do not see every distraction as a painful loss and everything just becomes easier, the noise somehow becomes quieter.
What are your human needs? This is the question I asked myself during a period of frustration not being able to make progress. My number one human need is Love and Connection and to be surrounded by my family is my drive and inspiration. When I think about it like that the distractions are no longer frustrating. I would say the same thing to you, use your situation to empowering you, not disempower you. Use it to your advantage.
Whether you are in a situation that you love or you hate, both can be your driving force. The driving force to embrace and accept your situation as something you want to either stay in or get out. I use my family to drive me each day and each night and everytime Harper jumps on me or needs my attention, I happily stop what I’m doing, take care of her or Theo and then get back to work. I don’t beat myself up. I don’t procrastinate. I take action until distracted. Once the distraction has been actioned, I get back to where I left off.
It is the reasons why that will pull you along to take the actions you are avoiding. The reason for procrastination is because you haven’t written down your reasons why. Procrastination CANNOT happen when the why is strong enough because it will literally drive to continuously to take action. This is what I have experienced when I wrote down my reasons why. For example, the joy of seeing my children’s faces as they experience different cultures and parts of the world will make every action instantly worth it so I will take whatever action it takes to get closer to my outcome.
Set yourself to win every day by setting yourself 1 progress task each day. It is ok not to make 10 leaps forward every day. Some days are going to be better than others but 1 progress task completed each day makes every day a win! I have won every single day for the past 365 days and that means at least 365 steps forward. That has been the difference. I am now in a position where I work from home and see my family each day.
I’m looking forward to starting this next chapter on the blog and building an even better future whilst growing together with you.
Please leave a comment below or let me know any questions you have. I’d love to hear what you think!
Please check out my social media platforms and subscribe to keep in touch faster:
Thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it! Please rate this blog post below.