There are two different kinds of procrastination that are likely happening in your business right now:
- The “Yups”: You procrastinate on things you definitely want to do, and there’s something in the way of doing them.
- The “Nopes”: You procrastinate on other things because you know they’re not things you should really be doing, and there’s something in the way of not doing them.
The “Yups” are the things that you know are important for your mental, emotional, physical, and intellectual health, and the health of your business. The needle movers. The activities with the highest ROI. The creative outlets that feed your soul.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve been finding plenty of ways to justify not doing them.
The “Nopes” are the things that you secretly know are low-value, are not a good use of your time, or truly aren’t the best next step. They’re the “shoulds” that you don’t really want to do.
These are the things that you’ve been trying to talk yourself into doing, to no avail.
When you join my program, Half-Finished to Done, LIVE, I’m going to teach you 4 quick, easy frameworks:
- Want to, willing to, won’t, wallow
- High-value vs low-value stoplight
- Do, dump, delegate, delay
- The 4-day workweek exercise
When you apply these frameworks, it will become crystal clear what’s a “Yup” and what’s a “Nope.”
When you know this, you can change it, by getting the “Yups” done and dealing with the discomfort of letting go of the “Nopes.”
It won’t always be easy, but here’s why you’ll want to do it: Because you’ll know without a shadow of a doubt that what you’re doing at any given time makes sense and is valuable.
In practice, here’s what it looks like (names changed for anonymity):
For Miguel, this looked like giving responsibility back to his team members to prepare their own reports, which reduced his own prep time significantly.
For Lydia, this looked like taking time to garden in the morning—to cultivate calm, presence, and relaxation before she got into her work for the day.
For Shonda, this meant reducing her workload so that she gets out of the office at 5pm, no matter what. (With very few exceptions.)
For Bryan, it meant dropping out of an accountability group that wasn’t rigorous and valuable anymore.
For Katrina, this meant letting her clients take responsibility for their session notes, instead of her taking the time to type up, organize, and send lengthy follow up notes.
For Tim, this looked like dropping the shame-inducing story of his “30,000 unread emails” and his self-induced pressure to get to Inbox Zero, and just focusing on the 20 emails that actually needed his attention.
For Veronica, it meant taking a macaron making class, just for fun.
For Claudia, it meant reviewing her own workload, presenting her findings to her project manager, and only accepting new work that didn’t put her over 100% capacity.
For Cindy, it meant ending a volunteer position at an organization that didn’t align with her passion anymore.
You deserve a life filled with the satisfaction of getting your “Yups” done and the relief of letting go of your “Nopes.”
I can help you when you join Half-Finished to Done, LIVE, the meeting place for soon-to-be former procrastinators.