In part 1 – I talked about the importance of structure. I went over setting a specific goal – followed by writing down the action steps needed to get there.
Here’s the rest of the structure:
When I first told my business mentor that I wanted to open a fitness club, the first thing he asked me was, when? I resisted giving him a deadline but he kept pushing me because he knew it worked. When I finally told him I would do it in a year – he told me that I can do it in 6 months. 3 months later I was open for business.
Deadlines and accountability are scary but that’s why they work
Set a deadline for your big goal as well as for each item on your action list. Then reach out to someone you respect to hold you accountable. If you’re really serious about your goal think about hiring a coach. Paying someone ads another level of accountability and commitment.
Commit to the long term
If you want to get in shape it doesn’t happen over night. You need to set aside creation time where you will take action. If getting down to 160lbs is your goal – you may commit to going to the gym 4 days a week. If you want to write a book – you may commit to writing one page a day. The point is, you need to commit to working on it everyday over the longterm. But committing is not enough. You need the next step.
Un-nogotiable scheduled time
Set a permanent time in your calendar. Choose a realistic time of day. If for whatever reason you get derailed, commit to finishing it before going to bed and get back to your schedule the next day. In those scheduled times you have to completely dive into your work.
How do you make sure of this? The next step.
Remove all distractions
The procrastinator is easily distracted. If you don’t remove distractions you’ll sit down to work – only to end up watching a video about how to build your own beer pong table. You need to remove all distraction during creation time.
The reason this is so important is because of what I like to call Offence VS defence
George Washington as well as Sun Tzu understood that the best defence is a good offence.
Offence is doing work from your action list.
Defence is anything else.
If you spend your day on the defence you will never create anything.
Most common defensive items:
– Answering emails and messages
– Notifications on your phone
– Answering the phone
– Answering comments on social media and
– Being pulled into useless meetings
So there you have it. My structure to avoid procrastination.
Here’s a summary of the whole structure:
1. Set a goal
2. Set action steps
3. Set deadlines on the goal and actions
4. Get someone to hold you accountable
5. Commit to the work
6. Schedule the work and
7. Remove all distractions
Now go make change happen!