Got a project you'd rather avoid? Why not check every email you've ever received first? And surely those saucepans could do with a polish?
Procrastination may be a great tool for emptying the fridge, but sadly, won't do much for your small business - or your state of mind.
People procrastinate because they're scared of the unknown, says business coach David Guest. But procrastinating can just make the problem seem even bigger.
Follow these expert tips to step away from Facebook and break the procrastination habit.
1. Recognise the fear for what it is
"Procrastination occurs when people are unsure of what to do and they're unsure of which way things are going to go," says business coach David Guest. "It's easier to do nothing than to do something."
Strangely, people are often afraid of their own success, says Guest.
In the time of cavemen, fear was a useful emotion - for example if a sabre-toothed tiger was heading in your direction, fear made you run faster.
"The problem is in our society today we don't have those events too often so a lot of people actually live in fear," says Guest. "And that tends to put them into a mode of procrastination."
Once you recognise your fears for what they are, you can start to minimise the risk.
2. Think about what could go right
"Let's say you want to quit your job and start a business. You ask yourself: 'what happens if I stuff it up? What happens if I don't make enough money?'" says Guest.
He recommends making a list of things that could go wrong, including your worst-case scenario, but also noting down what could go right. If the business fails completely, you can always go and find another job.
Research and taking small steps towards your goals will make the task seem less overwhelming.
"When people do make these sorts of decisions, they look at the risk and mitigate it - then all of a sudden it's not as hard to do," says Guest.
"Generally the procrastination comes from making something bigger than it really is."
3. Keep yourself accountable
When you own the business - and especially if it's a one-person operation - it can be pretty easy to slack off.
"The hard part about being a business owner is that the person that's the shareholder and the person that's the owner is the same person," says Guest.
"When you work for someone, they give you a job description and they give you performance standards and if you don't live up to them you lose your job."
But in your small business, you're always on your own side. The only problem is if you find it more pleasurable to sit on the couch than make cold calls or complete your work, you won't get paid.
So set goals, team up with a fellow business owner to keep each other accountable, or set alarms to keep yourself chugging along.
4. Be a victor, not a victim
In small business, says Guest, is it's all too easy to blame outside influences for problems. Perhaps no one wants to buy your products, you're in the wrong industry ... and how about that dud economy?
But Guest says most business failures are down to the actual business.
"If you think about it, everything's out of your control. The only thing that's inside your control is how you think.
"Victim mentality is just a thought process. The opposite of that is victor mentality, 'whatever happens I will adapt'."
He says everyone makes mistakes, but the key to real success in small business is being resilient.
5. Just do it - or at least delegate
Yes, you may hate doing your bookkeeping, but you can bet there's someone out there that loves it.
If you can afford it, delegate the things you dread most, says Guest, which will free you up to tackle the areas of your business which you enjoy. Outsourcing doesn't have to be hugely expensive, with websites such as fiverr.com offering cut-price services. Just make sure you check them out first.
Business coach James Bryden, owner of The Productivity Coach, says not everyone thrives on the micro-tasks.
"You look at entrepreneurs. A lot of them are very big thinkers, but some of them don't have good attention to detail," he says.
The good ones delegate, and focus on their strengths.
If funds don't permit, experts recommend getting on with the task and creating a system that at least minimises the most painful part of your job.
6. Recognise what's important
Not everything needs to be done straight away, says Guest. Emails are one of the best examples. Answering every 'ping' in your inbox immediately is itself a form of procrastination.
"The trick is to recognise what's important," says Guest.
"Most people think business is busyness, but it's not. Busyness is just an excuse for not making money."
Focus on the areas of your business that are most profitable.
7. Get started
Business coach James Bryden once played sport at a high level but in the latter part of career began to dread training. But once he turned up, he always enjoyed it.
"Once you actually start doing something your perception changes," he says.
8. Choose carefully
It pays to do this one before you decide to start a small business.
Make sure you're in the job for a reason, suggests James Bryden, rather than to please your parents, your partner or society.
"For some people it can be as simple as I might be doing the wrong job," he says. "Clarity is key here. What do I really want?"
Have a sense of purpose in what you're doing.
9. Break it down
If you're overwhelmed by a big task ahead, break it down into bite-sized chunks, says Bryden.
10. Reward yourself
Lastly, experts suggest rewarding yourself for a hard job completed. The promise of a bar of chocolate, a holiday or a walk could all be things to get you through the most annoying of tasks.
Now, stop reading, and get cracking.
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