Do you ever find yourself using any of the following statements over and over again?
- I will get around to it tomorrow
- Let me get right back to you
- I just couldn’t get around to doing it today
- Maybe tomorrow?
- Maybe some day?
Well, guess what…you are on the some day island!
This simply means that you are probably on the road to no where. Whether you are employed or you just started your new online business. That word ‘maybe’ or ‘some day’ will never allow you to achieve your goals or dreams.
But there is good news! I’m going to share 5 ways you can get yourself off the some day island.
Get Off the Some Day Island
Your dreams and goals will happen once you have made a conscious decision to take the actions that will ensure you keep moving towards the achievement of everything you want out of life.
So if you constantly find yourself making excuses – most of which, frankly speaking, are not even good excuses to begin with – then you are smack in the middle of that Some Day island.
So, how can you get out off the island and start swimming towards a successful life filled with all the great things you have dreamed about? How do you unleash your potential? How can you achieve the dreams and goals that will help you start living the life you really and truly want?
Consider the following top 5 ways to get off the Some Day island:
#1 – First Things First
Of course, you probably know that this is the easiest way to get your day started. However, you might not have realized that this suggestion is actually backed by science.
Essentially, we have a limited supply of energy and willpower. Therefore, when you use it up for the day, you are going to have a hard time tackling harder tasks later on in the evening.
Therefore, ensure you always dive into the hardest task when your energy levels are at their highest. By doing so, you are going to slowly drift toward simpler tasks as your energy levels decrease – leading to fewer chances of procrastination.
#2 – Divide and Conquer
In the same way, consider dividing any task you have to do into a series of smaller tasks. More often than not, you will get overwhelmed when you have a giant project looming ahead of you. When this happens, you won’t know where to start, what to do first, and how to make time for the entire project.
However, consider the fact that the forest is comprised of individual trees. Although you cannot take down the entire forest at a go, you can work your way up from a single branch or tree.
Think of the project you have in the same way. Compartmentalize it into smaller segments of to-do lists. Then, hack away at these tasks one at a time at your own pace. With time, you will complete the project faster than you initially thought possible.
#3 – Use Alarms
Set that midday alarm to help you get off the Some Day island. One of the greatest inducers of guilt is ending your day only to realize that you didn’t do anything constructive.
If you are an online entrepreneur, in fact, it becomes even easier to fall into the Some Day trap. You don’t have a boss to report to. However, you are your own boss. Your goals and dreams are the motivation that should fuel your work, and energize you during the day.
So do this… consider setting an alarm for midday. When the ringer goes off, count the number of things on your TO DO list that you have accomplished. Then, spend the rest of the day trying to complete the other things.
#4 – Dedication Matters
In the same way, consider getting off the Some Day island by dedicating yourself for small periods of time. Set your timer for 10 or 20 minute segments. Then, challenge yourself against the clock to complete the task at hand. If you are a person that likes to be challenged, this is a great way to do it. This will help you get more done in less time – further hacking away towards your goals and dreams.
#5 – Use the Calendar
Use that calendar! Create a game plan to help you move beyond the initial paralysis that is characteristic of people on the Some Day island. Go a step beyond alarms and TO DO lists and identify how and when you intend to accomplish your goals and dreams. When you use a calendar, you will be able to clearly see at a glance those things you want to attack and complete. This way, you will avoid the dread or potential excuse of overwhelm that would otherwise have held you back.
So, there you have it – the top 5 ways to get off the Some Day island. Use these tips and strategies on avoiding procrastination to increase your overall productivity and help yourself meet the goals you set for yourself. With time, you will become more adept at getting what you want and living the life of your dreams.