#133: How to Stop Procrastinating by Creating the Right Space

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The theme this month is How to Stop Procrastinating as a Solopreneur where I’m giving you methods to bust through to get things done!

One area we haven’t really touched on yet is organization. A lack of organization leads to chaos and confusion for not just those with ADHD or right-brained people, but just about anyone! This doesn’t mean you have to operate from fifteen planners and have buzzers going off every fifteen minutes (unless that sort of thing truly appeals to you).

What it really means is… Getting rid of anything that is blocking you from achieving your goals.

In this video, we wrap up this month with how to declutter some areas in your life by creating the right space.

Welcome to a new Systems Sunday! The theme this month is How to Stop Procrastinating as a Solopreneur where I’m giving you methods this month to bust through to get things done!

I am Lisa Wells, Your Virtual Assistant Trainer.

One area we haven’t really touched on yet is organization. A lack of organization leads to chaos and confusion for not just those with ADHD or right-brained people, but just about anyone!

This doesn’t mean you have to operate from fifteen planners and have buzzers going off every fifteen minutes (unless that sort of thing truly appeals to you).

What it really means is… Getting rid of anything that is blocking you from achieving your goals

Again, you can treat this microcosmically or on an empiric scale. “Empiric” would mean taking action steps like getting rid of toxic relationships—those are the people who keep your self-esteem clobbered, your confidence low or just plain sap too much energy out of you.
“Microcosmic” might look like… cleaning your desk! Getting rid of clutter, if it’s piling up.

Do it now. Plan to de-clutter in at least one area—the one you feel is keeping you in chaos.
Some people find the easiest place to start is with their work area—the actual workstation or office.

  • Clean up your desk. Get everything off it that doesn’t belong or doesn’t inspire you
  • Do place at least one object that inspires you on, around or above your desk—a framed inspirational quote or mantra; a vase of beautiful flowers; a photo of your dream house—something connected with the big goal and mission you are working towards.
  • Keep something fun on your desk—an adult coloring book; a doodling pad; a Rubik’s cube; a hand-held Yahtzee game—anything that you can use to take a really short but relaxing break while you ponder over a puzzle or simply give your brain a rest from a tricky task. (It can even just be a photo that makes you laugh—your dog being silly or your kid being cute.) 
  • Keep your tiny, mini, one-priority “To Do” list on your desk (and make sure you have an easy-to-grab supply of sticky notes, if you’re using the sticky-note system; or print-outs of your list if you’re using an actual blank list)

Go through your home office and donate, throw out or relocate anything and everything that:
o Doesn’t inspire you
o Serves no energy-boosting or helpful function
o Is old or redundant (for example, that ancient copy of Windows 95 Software)

It doesn’t matter if you get every single thing done here—just make a start on it.

Once you’ve decluttered your work area, see how that’s working for you for a few days or weeks. Then go on to organize and de-clutter other areas of your life. For example, your hard drive, your email inbox and those energy-draining relationships, or commitments made out of coercion or guilt (the committee you got roped into joining, for example).

Don’t get over-ambitious and try to do everything at once. Start with the desk, then set aside fifteen minutes a day or one hour per week specifically for “organization and decluttering”.

The important thought to take away from this series? Busting procrastination is not just about becoming more organized or beating a bad habit. Busting procrastination is all about creating habits and finding the methods that energize and inspire you!

If you enjoyed this episode and want more tips and strategies, check out my new Business Building Action Kit – How to Stop Procrastinating as a Solopreneur.

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Join me next month for more Systems Sundays!

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You’ll hear people give all sorts of reasons why they haven’t yet created a product, put together a membership site, started building a list, or even just started that exercise program. Everything they say is most likely valid. They’re being truthful. They’re not making excuses. But look one step deeper, and what you’ll also find is… procrastination.

We all do it. We all procrastinate for different reasons. We have different trigger points. And we all procrastinate in different ways.

The thing about procrastination is how sneaky our own minds can be. For example, one copywriter might procrastinate by doing endless research on a project. She’s not sitting around twiddling her thumbs. She’s not playing Wordle. She’s doing vital work for her project, and her project is on her mind.

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#133: How to Stop Procrastinating by Creating the Right Space
#133: How to Stop Procrastinating by Creating the Right Space

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