In the past year, I finally overcame my procrastination problem with a simple technique.
Today I will show you how you can do it too.
Last year I was reading Dan Kennedy’s No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs. The solution to my procrastination problem dawned on me as I was reading the chapter entitled “The Number-One Most Powerful Personal Discipline in All the World and How It Can Make You Successful Beyond Your Wildest Dreams”.
Dan was talking about punctuality—being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there, as promised, without exception, without excuse, every time, all the time.
According to Dan, people prefer to do business with punctual people. Punctuality means respecting other people’s time. It also projects self-respect.
Dan’s approach to punctuality was in terms of doing business with other people but I thought “Why don’t I apply this to myself?
Since I don’t have a boss or a business partner, I could take advantage of the power of punctuality by being punctual to myself. Is there another person who is more important to my business than me? No.
So, I started scheduling appointments with myself. For example:
7 a.m. – Writing
4 p.m. – Gym
I started treating myself both as a boss and an employee. ‘The boss me’ set up the schedule and ‘the employee me’ punctually followed the schedule. My productivity skyrocketed. I’m not procrastinating anymore.
Whether you are an entrepreneur or not, treat yourself as the boss. You are also your most important employee. Other bosses may come and go but you are the only permanent boss in your life.