You have the business plan in mind. You know what you want to create and you’re absolutely sure the public will benefit from your products and services. But, how do you pluck all those ideas out of thin air and transform them into reality?
You just do it. You sit down and you flesh out that business plan. You craft a highly detailed list of tasks that will get you through to “opening day.” And you stop procrastinating – today.
Sure, some days are harder than others. We face a mountain of fears when starting a new venture and occasionally feel monumentally overwhelmed.
But that doesn’t mean we stop. Here are five steps that will help you move past the procrastination and into entrepreneurial success.
1. Move past the Fears
Anytime we embark on a new journey, the fears and the “what ifs” have a way of sneaking in and holding us back. Are you thinking about all the competition in your field? Did someone tell you it’s not likely your type of business will succeed?
Well, roll up to your window, open it wide, and push all those worries out. Remain hyper-focused on what you want and how much joy and gratitude you’ll feel from running your own business.
If you focus on your journey and pending success, you’re likely to bring that to fruition. If, however, you focus on those fears and “what ifs,” you may never cross the finish line.
2. Outline a Game Plan
Now that you’re ready, it’s time to develop a game plan. What do you need to start a new business? Well, some of the basics are a website, a social media presence, and – if you can – a portfolio. Where would you like to begin?
A business site is a great starting place. You can frame your business however you see fit. There are tons of options out there these days for website platforms. You’ve got WordPress, Wix, Shopify, and Squarespace, to name a few.
Each of these platforms are so easy to follow, even someone within minimal experience in web design can create a masterpiece. Start here. After your website is in place, you can work on developing a social media following and publish a portfolio of your work.
3. Make a Daily Task List
Now that you have some concrete ideas in mind, it’s time to create a daily task list. And, above all else, be realistic. Don’t plan to create your entire website in a day.
Rather, plan to draft the text for your homepage on Monday. Create your “About Us” page on Tuesday. Move over to your “Contact Us” page and “Portfolio” on Wednesday. See where we’re going?
When you’re growing weary of web design, move over to another task for the day. Perhaps you’ll set up a separate bank account for your business in the afternoon.
Or, perhaps you’ll be ready for some social interaction and will make a couple of sales calls to introduce yourself to prospective clients.
The point is, you have to outline each and every day. Otherwise, you’ll just be fumbling about. A game plan is the only plan that will help you stop procrastinating and get your business off the ground.
Plan for three to five tasks per day. Sometimes you’ll have time for more, sometimes less. But this gives you a manageable plate that you can tackle and, come Sunday evening when you’re reviewing your week and planning for the next, you’ll be mighty proud of all the steps you checked off your list.
4. Get the Difficult Tasks Done First
When ordering your daily task list, start with the most difficult tasks first. This will do a couple things for you. First, it allows you to work hard during peak productivity hours (a.k.a. the morning).
Then, having accomplished a mighty feat will give you with a certain level of steam to power through to your second task of the day. You’ll feel accomplished that you got that “big one” off the table and that will propel you forward.
Come the afternoon, you can kick back with a latte and do some of the more menial tasks, i.e. any type of data entry or image sourcing for your website. It’ll be a nice way to end the day before you look to tomorrow’s gameplan.
5. Remove Distractions
Anyone out there who’s wondering how to stop procrastinating surely has some distractions in their way. It could be the TV; it could be Facebook; it could be anything, really. The only way to stop procrastinating is to remove distractions.
If you work from home, make sure you’re sitting at a designated workspace each and every day, not lounging on the sofa with the remote nearby. If you have an office space, keep your personal social media accounts on lockdown until you’ve finished your work for the day.
If nothing else, limit your social media and web surfing to designated 15-minute breaks. Keep the phrase, “Work hard, play hard,” at the forefront of your mind. The more you get done in the morning, the more you can sit back and relish in your accomplishments at night.
Stop Procrastinating, Starting Today
With these tips, you can stop procrastinating today. You can close out those social media tabs and remove those distractions right now.
You can download an app to help you manage your schedule or even pull out pencil and paper right now and plan your tomorrow.
Starting your business from scratch may seem like a beast of a task, but it’s one you can tackle. There’s no doubt about that. It starts with a game plan and ends with your willful heart.
Would you like a little inspiration to get you through today and into tomorrow’s game plan? Here are some real small business success stories to inspire your entrepreneurial heart.