5 Ways To Stop Procrastinating on Your Personal Goals

What big dreams and other aspirations are you putting off for your ‘Someday’? While we’re diving deep into the idea of Someday Syndrome over on Episode 097 of Productivity Paradox this week, I wanted to take just a little bit of time to check in with you on your personal goals.

Are there any goals you’ve been keeping on the back burner for a little longer than you might like to admit?

For so many of us, it can be incredibly difficult to snap ourselves out of the negative self-talk and other bad habits that we adopt when our fear of getting started on our big goals and dreams creeps in…

So today, I want to discuss one of those bad habits—procrastination, and ways that we can work to overcome it so that we can finally get moving on those big plans that we’ve been letting fall to the wayside for far too long.

Still with me? Let’s get started!

 

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating on Your Personal Goals

 

1. Break Your Goals Down –

I don’t know about you, but for me… part of the reason that I have procrastinated on some of my biggest goals in the past is because I simply did not know where to start!

When it comes to achieving the goals we set for ourselves, it’s important to have an actionable plan that we can take to see them through to fruition… otherwise, we run the risk of letting fear of failure throw us off track.

To nip any of those unsettling “Well, what do I do now?” feelings in the bud, set out by breaking your goals into little steps. (A planner is a great way to accomplish this!)

Let’s say that one of your personal goals is to write a book. You have your main goal in mind, which is to write… but a lot more goes into writing a book, right?

First, you need to have a comfortable space to write in, and then you need to have an idea to write about. Let’s call those parts Steps 1 and Steps 2 of your entire plan… Next, you might find it helpful to brainstorm possible chapters for your book, or to create an outline of what your book will look like in the end… Let’s call that Step 3.

You see how this works, right? No matter the goal you set for yourself, it’s imperative that you have an action plan filled with bite-sized steps to guide you along your road to success.

 

2. Eliminate Distractions –

We’ve talked about distractions and self-interruptions a lot over the last season or two, right? They’re basically everywhere, and they pose the biggest threat (next to procrastination) when it comes to achieving our goals.

Whether your biggest distractions come to you in the form of others (i.e. your partner, your kids, your friends, etc.) or in the form of things (your smartphone, social media, or other devices), it’s important that we learn how to minimize them so that we are not constantly catering to them once we set out to conquer our goals.

Quick tips to eliminate distractions at home? Close the door to your workspace (if you have one) or create a Do Not Disturb sign, and unplug from your smartphone, social media, and television…

You might be surprised by how much you’re able to accomplish when you give yourself the permission to focus on what matters to you!

 

3. Give Yourself a Timeline –

While it’s important to break down your goals into smaller, actionable steps… it’s also important to give yourself ‘something’ to look forward to. A timeline is a great way to accomplish this!

Let’s be honest, having an actionable plan is all fine and well, but… what happens when we don’t make ourselves accountable to actually accomplish the steps that we’ve outlined in our action plan? You guessed it—not a lot!

When we don’t make ourselves accountable for the success that we want to see, we run the risk of putting that success off for another Someday in our lives.

To stop the cycle dead in its tracks, I encourage you to create a reasonable timeline for that big goal you’ve been putting off for too long… How many days, weeks, or months from now do you see yourself accomplishing your goal? Use that endpoint as the final notch on the timeline you create, and then arrange your timeline to match the small, bite-sized steps you outlined in your action plan.

 

4. Find Your Tribe –

Want to know a secret? The people that we opt to spend the most time with tend to influence our behaviors… So, make sure that you’re surrounding yourself with the positivity and encouragement that you need to get started on your plans!

When it comes to crushing goals, I have found that the best advice, constructive criticism, and encouragement often comes from my closest friends—my tribe. So much so, that my friends and I make it a point to get together every few months so that we can assess where we’re at in terms of our goals; discuss any hiccups we’ve encountered along the way; and to offer each other support and encouragement to keep going.

If you already have a few close friends in your corner that you can rely on, great! Try bouncing your ideas off of them and asking for their advice on areas you may feel stuck on…

And if you’re still searching for your tribe, that’s fine too! Try seeking out groups within your community (i.e. a writer’s group; church group; exercise group; and so on) with a general mission that aligns well with some of the goals you’ve set for yourself… Often all we need is a little bit of positivity from someone else to give us the push we need to just start.

 

5. Say No to Perfection –

Remember what we said about perfection? It’s unattainable! And any emphasis that you may have placed on the achievement of your goals as being perfect simply must go.

When it all comes down to it… Perfectionism is just a word, and it’s one of the biggest reasons that we tend to procrastinate in the first place! The sooner that you recognize that perfection isn’t an ideal that you need to carry around in your life, the better…

Stop waiting for the perfect time to get started or for all of the “perfect” pieces to fall where they may so that you can take control over your goals and start making them a reality in your life today.

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What are some of your goals that you’ve been putting off for your Someday? Share your ideas and tell me what’s been holding you back in the comments below… And tune in to Episode 097 of the podcast for an in-depth look at Someday Syndrome and how to stop it dead in its tracks!

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Tonya Dalton
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