Recently, during an innovation group session, I heard from an entrepreneur that was struggling with procrastination. After having left a stable job, her life had changed rhythm completely. She is now responsible for herself only, of her work schedule and day schedule and how to keep personal and professional life well balanced. She needs to set goals and holding herself accountable for those.
This is quite a common experience for people working for themselves, especially if the self- employed work setting is a new thing in their life. One can easily think how amazing would be to spend my days in my pj with my favourite music on at home, but the reality of working for oneself is a bit trickier than this. More often than not, procrastination as a role in it.
We have previously discussed the unexpected creative effects procrastination can have, but the truth is, sometimes, is just very scary to trust the process of re-adaptation to a new work setting, trusting yourself in being committed to it to make it sustainable and worth the extreme change you have embraced.
So it is always good to have a little system in place. Let’s start with 2 easy steps:
First of, a good old strategy is the stepladder technique. You set yourself a goal (which doesn’t have to be the ultimate goal in your life, keep it operative and concrete) and then in your mind walk your way back to where you are, creating a step for all the mini-goals necessary to achieve the bigger objective.
Create your boundaries and make them known to people around you. Do you want to stop working at 6pm? Are you actually more productive in the second part of the day? Train the people you work with to expect what you are more able to give in your new work setting, so they will have the choice to get on board with your rhythm, facilitate it and respecting your personal boundaries, or even challenge it and then opening the chance to healthy negotiation.