There are 24 hours in a day. That’s a lot of time to get the ball rolling to bring you one step closer to achieving your goals. We have a lot of free time on our hands than we even realise but how come there are moments that we seem to be running out of time? Those moments when you wish that time will slow down to a crawl just so you can meet a deadline. Those times when you wish that you have an extra hour to get things done. It could be caused by factors beyond your control. It may even just be bad luck. Or you could be procrastinating.

According to a survey, 84% of us procrastinates to some degree, and 1 in 5 of us procrastinates every day. Imagine if those numbers were lower. I would bet that a lot more people would achieve more goals and get more things done. It’s clear what those survey numbers are saying. Procrastination is a bad habit that plagues everyone. This is especially bad for entrepreneurs and leaders as time management is essential if you want to experience business success. How do you stop procrastinating and be one step closer to success?

Be Aware That You Are Procrastinating

The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. Pay attention and become aware that you are about to start procrastinating. When you are about to put something off, whether it be a task, a project, or a meeting, ask yourself why. Examine all of the excuses that you have used to justify your procrastinating. You will find out that almost all of them are not really good excuses and you are only hindering yourself from your own success. Get started and get it done. Even if the task seems difficult, once you get started, your perception will change.

Disconnect From Social Media

If you are working on something important, disconnect from any form of social media. While social media plays a big part in the success of your business, liking or commenting on funny cat videos or the latest viral video is only slowing your progress. It can be so easy to lose track of time when browsing Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so put down that phone and focus on what’s important.

Treat Yourself

Treat yourself after accomplishing a goal or completing a task. Associating rewards to task completion will condition your mind to avoid procrastination. Not only will this kick the bad habit of putting things off but will also help you reduce your stress levels. So get that project done so you can treat yourself to something nice. Remember to always work hard and have fun at the same time.