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Dealing with procrastination when you're comfortable

B. Cole

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So last few months my procrastination has gotten really bad, I don't know what changed but I am just putting off doing stuff that I need for my business idea. The real truth is and I hate to admit it is that the situation isn't bad enough for me to change it, I am just too comfortable like I want the benefits but find it hard to push my self to do it. But for example last year I would have been in the same position, but wasn't as bad as it is now. I've even done stuff like cold showers to get out of my comfort zone and looking at some Google tips to try and fix this, but I feel like I am just looking for a quick solution and nothing is working.

Just wondering anyone who has been in this position how did you deal with it? I was in fact supposed to write this post over 2 hours ago, and start some work but the comfort is taking over.
One thing that’s helpful for me is to have folks that I feel obligated to answer to - that expect to hear from me and see progress, and will slightly kick my a$$ if I come across as unproductive. Do you any have such relationships? Anybody that is waiting to hear an update?

Beyond many other small motivators, this is self-shaming for me if I can’t deliver some good news, or at least a ton of effort in the right direction. We can live with our own shame, but having others disappointed at us hurts a lot more. Mentors, other entrepreneurs - real process/progress minded folks that can call bs on you.
 

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I have two jobs currently and I am trying to work on a business. If I had financial freedom my life would be the exact same, I'd stay at home and work on my music and dedicate all my time to that. Of course some traveling as well, I'd buy my dream car and I would be happy with that. I wouldn't really spend much of my money, I'm not a big spender just the car and house would need my own in the future and some musical equipment.

Why haven't I started a band? I don't know I guess it's a dilemma between the fastlane and starting a band. With the business I just started dropshipping as I gave up on my previous business idea.
It's possible that you may need some further motivation and I wonder... would you be able to get by financially, even just, with only working one of your two jobs? If you're making enough income currently to be comfortable, then it might help you to get a little uncomfortable in order to motivate you (and it would also free up some time).

My husband quit his job with only a month or two of savings in the bank and was forced to make the business he'd started work at least well enough to pay the bills. I joined him two years later and even though it wasnt bringing in enough income to fully replace my salary yet, that made it more motivating to get out there and make it work. It's now bringing in enough to support both of us in a pretty good lifestyle, but we want more (everything I listed above) which is why we keep going. And over the last five years there have certainly been points where we got comfortable and complacent and the business stagnated, although the cool thing about the right business is that it grows and does work for you even when you're not thinking about it. Also, sometimes your efforts years in the past will come back with a big win after you'd long forgot about it.

To me, having to work for someone else, and trading 5 for 2, was a huge motivator to start my own thing. What I wanted even more than a consistent income was control over my time, and I had to let go of the security of my job to get that. The income came later and now I make more than I did before, with probably a 1 for five ratio (instead of 5 for 2).

Your desires dont have to be rich to want financial independence. If you could make enough money to support yourself through a business, you could stay at home and work on your music whenever you want. There will be some hard work required to get there, but it's well within your reach if you want it. If that's motivating enough to you then get going :)
 

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Sorry you didn't get much out of it.

What I got out of it and what many clients do, is that procrastination is actually something we can look forward to.

We all procrastinate. Everyone does this, not a single person in the world doesn't procrastinate.

What makes a difference is us being honest about where we are procrastinating. Being truthful to ourselves.

And usually, the specific action that we're procrastinating on will bring the greatest result to your business. It's the thing that will grow you the most. You procrastinate because you're afraid, it's too big, OR it doesn't excite you to do that. In that case, delegate it.

Procrastination is a great indicator of the NEXT STEP. If you start your day asking yourself "What am I procrastinating on?" and do it, you'll greatly speed up the growth of your business.

I love procrastination. To me, it works as a compass pointing me in the right direction.
Excellent advice, Tiago.
Thanks for sharing the video & providing your take. I'm going to jump off the forum now, and get some work done :)
 

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Here is an excerpt from one of favorite books . It really helped me staving off the habit of procrastination.
Simple solution is : Make a Habit of Doing It Now
We have all procrastinated at some time in our lives. I know I have, only to have regretted it later. Procrastination leads to a negative attitude. The habit of procrastination fatigues you more than the effort it takes to do it. A completed task is fulfilling and energizing; an incomplete task drains energy like a leak from a tank. If you want to build and maintain a positive attitude, get into the habit of living in the present and doing it now.

He slept beneath the moon
He basked beneath the sun
He lived a life of going to do
and died with nothing done.
--James Albery

When I Become a Big Boy
This is like the little boy who says when I become a big boy, I will do this and this and I will be happy. And when he becomes a big boy he says, when I finish college and do this and this and I will be happy. And when he finishes college he says when I get my first job and do this and this I will be happy. And when he gets his first job he says when I get married and do this and this and then I will be happy. And when he gets married he says when the kids get out of school and I do this and this I will be I happy. And when the kids get out of school, he says when I retire and do this and this, I will be happy. And when he retires what does he see? He sees life has just gone by in front of his eyes.

Some people practice procrastination by hiding behind high sounding words, saying "I'm analyzing" and six months later they are still analyzing. What they don't realize is that they are suffering from a disease called, "Paralysis of Analysis" and they will never succeed.
Then there is another breed of people who procrastinate by saying "I'm getting ready" and a month later they are still getting ready and six months later they are still getting ready. What they don't realize is they are suffering from a disease called "Excusitis." They keep making excuses.
Life is not a dress rehearsal. I don't care what philosophy you believe in--we have got only one shot at this game called life. The stakes are too high. The stakes are the future generations


What time is it and where are we? The answer is now and we are here. Let's make the best of now and utilize the present to the fullest. The message is not that we don't need to plan for the future. The message is that we do need to plan for the future. If we utilize our present to its fullest, we are sowing the seeds for a better future automatically, aren't we?
If you want to build a positive attitude, learn the phrase, "do it now" and stop the habit of procrastination.
The saddest words in life are:
♦"It might have been."
♦"I should have."
♦"I could have."
♦"I wish I had."
♦"If only I had given a little extra."


Never leave till tomorrow which you can do today.
--Benjamin Franklin

I am sure all winners wanted to be procrastinators but never got around to it.When people say, "I will do it one of these days," you can be sure it means none of these days.Some people keep waiting for all lights to turn green before they leave home. That will never happen and they fail even before they start. That is sad. Stop procrastinating: Isn't it time that we put off putting things off?
JUST MAKE A COMMITMENT TO THE WORK NOW SIMPLY START
 

LiveEntrepreneur

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It's possible that you may need some further motivation and I wonder... would you be able to get by financially, even just, with only working one of your two jobs? If you're making enough income currently to be comfortable, then it might help you to get a little uncomfortable in order to motivate you (and it would also free up some time).

My husband quit his job with only a month or two of savings in the bank and was forced to make the business he'd started work at least well enough to pay the bills. I joined him two years later and even though it wasnt bringing in enough income to fully replace my salary yet, that made it more motivating to get out there and make it work. It's now bringing in enough to support both of us in a pretty good lifestyle, but we want more (everything I listed above) which is why we keep going. And over the last five years there have certainly been points where we got comfortable and complacent and the business stagnated, although the cool thing about the right business is that it grows and does work for you even when you're not thinking about it. Also, sometimes your efforts years in the past will come back with a big win after you'd long forgot about it.

To me, having to work for someone else, and trading 5 for 2, was a huge motivator to start my own thing. What I wanted even more than a consistent income was control over my time, and I had to let go of the security of my job to get that. The income came later and now I make more than I did before, with probably a 1 for five ratio (instead of 5 for 2).

Your desires dont have to be rich to want financial independence. If you could make enough money to support yourself through a business, you could stay at home and work on your music whenever you want. There will be some hard work required to get there, but it's well within your reach if you want it. If that's motivating enough to you then get going :)
Well with my 2 jobs I only work one shift with my other job, I have a 9-5 job Monday to Friday and weekend usually just a Saturday but sometimes Sunday, I could easily get pass on one job the pay is pretty good but I am keeping my other job because I really enjoy and don't want to give it up.
 

LiveEntrepreneur

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One thing that’s helpful for me is to have folks that I feel obligated to answer to - that expect to hear from me and see progress, and will slightly kick my a$$ if I come across as unproductive. Do you any have such relationships? Anybody that is waiting to hear an update?

Beyond many other small motivators, this is self-shaming for me if I can’t deliver some good news, or at least a ton of effort in the right direction. We can live with our own shame, but having others disappointed at us hurts a lot more. Mentors, other entrepreneurs - real process/progress minded folks that can call bs on you.
No don't have those type of relationships.
 

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@LiveEntrepreneur , this is a great topic, and I understand where you are coming from because I can tend to do that, too - become comfortable and so lack the motivation to break out into something else. Some steps that I have taken are:
1. I quit my job, and we are not in any financial stress, but I like to make money, so I will.
2. I want to help my son, and we will learn together.
3. I am depriving myself of things that would make me more comfortable, such as a new vehicle. I am driving a 14-year-old van, and I am not allowing myself to get a new one (or something cooler, lol) until my business income can pay for it.

I could recommend books on habit formation and goal setting but then you'd be action faking reading books instead of doing the work.
you're experiencing resistance, the counter to resistance is work. The resistance doesn't go away, ever. You just work through it.

People with a "strong work ethic" experience resistance, its just they've got the motor memory wired in so that they reach for a shovel instead of sitting on the couch and whipping out the smartphone.

The answer to defeating "not work" is "work"
@MHP368 I think this is so true. I just quit my job (Thursday was my last day), I took the weekend off, and I plan to just take action, and I will put as much effort into my entrepreneural endeavors as I did my job, and perhaps I will work longer and be glad of it. One thing I am not allowing myself to do is to read more books, because I love to read, so have to deprive myself of doing this because I can easily slip into action-faking. If I wouldn't do it at a job, then I'm not going to interrupt my own endeavors with it.

Make the most of it first thing in the morning and then rely on strong processes to see you through the rest of the day.
So plan your whole day out in advance. Tweak where needed. Once you get into a daily routine that works don’t deviate from it, keep doing exactly the same thing day in day out until it becomes a habit. The first week is the hardest but stick with it. Get three weeks under your belt and there will be no stopping you.
@RazorCut - I like these ideas, spelled out. I am going to use the daily planning sheets that I bought from @MJ DeMarco to set my goals, and to stick with them. Your reminder to make goals the process will help me stick to the path that I set up.

So, @LiveEntrepreneur, I appreciate you starting this thread, because it was very timely for me, too.
 

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