Long Term Stalling
As always, the key is to start with recognizing that you are stalling. Major symptoms of long term stalling are:
- You have a task on your to-do list that you’ve rolled over for weeks months or even years.
- You have a few things in your mind that you just need to get done but, can’t ever seem to find the time to do them.
- You keep pushing the deadline back on a particular project or task.
- You have things you know you need to do that you are just pretending don’t exist.
Again, moving forward always starts with recognizing what is happening. What are you stalling on in your business, your life, with your health? What are the big things that you keep putting off? Once you’ve recognized that long term stalling is present and have identified where you are stalling I suggest any of the following actions for moving forward:
Quit this task or project forever.
It’s seriously time that we stop treating ‘quit’ like it’s a bad word. Sometimes, we starts things prematurely, we do them without thinking it through or we don’t quite know how it’s going to feel when we begin. For goodness sake that’s OK! It’s never too late to change your mind. There’s likely a reason that you are pushing that project or task off. Ask yourself ‘why?’ and then move forward in the right direction. Perhaps it’s a project that you just don’t want to do anymore, then just let it go. If it’s a task that has to be accomplished but, you just keep putting it off, I promise you that it’s worth outsourcing! I know it can feel strange or expensive to outsource tasks, however, freeing up your mind to create more work, show up more brilliantly and more inspired is totally worth it’s weight in gold.
Quit this project or task for right now.
If it’s a project that you’ve been putting off then I suggest you keep an idea journal. Write down that great idea in a place that you can reference later when you are ready to take on something new. In the meantime, let it go. It’s not time for that project right now and that’s OK. If it’s a task that you really don’t want to outsource then give yourself a date for when you will pick it back up and in the meantime do what you can to create the space in your life for that task to exist.
Do it quickly.
One of the pretty pieces of recognizing your stalling patterns is that you can get really clear on what kind of things you often stall on. When that becomes clear you have the opportunity to place it high on your priority list and just knock it out. The sooner you can tackle that task the better. In fact, I suggest doing it so quickly that it never even makes it to your to-do list because we know once it gets there, it becomes the low man on the priority list and will be rolled over indefinitely until you’ve found yourself swimming in a hole of overwhelming tasks. To recap, recognize the common tasks that you stall on and when those come up, knock them out as soon as possible.
Enlist a friend or coach to serve as support in the form of accountability. Whether that’s sitting with you while you are knocking out a few of those harder tasks or just e-mailing them once it’s accomplished. Knowing that someone will be there to see you not follow through is often pressure enough to get it done.
Take one step.
When it’s a large project or a daunting task that has to happen but, for whatever reason you just can’t seem to wrap your mind around it, I suggest just taking one teeny tiny step in the right direction. All that you need to expect from yourself is the first step. If that’s getting your financials in order, I suggest just signing up for quickbooks online. If it’s a new project, just write a brief outline. Whatever small step you can take toward accomplishing that item, take it. You may find your momentum is built up from that one task and you have the energy to just keep moving forward. If not, you can just do another small task tomorrow and the next day and the next until it is done.
Create deadlines for yourself.
Like I mentioned before, your work will take up as much time as you give it. If you never put a deadline on a project or a task then it will never need to be done. Set deadlines and then I encourage you to seek out accountability by either making that deadline public or enlisting the help of a friend or a coach who will be there to ask you about the completion of the project. Every item on your monthly to-do list should have a deadline. Every large project should have a deadline. Period.
Choose one task/project that you are stalling on right now and take one tiny step toward finishing it.
Here’s the kicker, you have to do it today. Like, right now, as soon as you finish this lesson.
- Download my to-do lists below and implement them for one week.
There’s a monthly list, a weekly list and a choose your day sheet. Use this to organize your to-do lists, apply deadlines to all of your monthly tasks and break them down in a manageable way!