How to Deal with Procrastination as a Startup Founder

The Practical and Non-Scientific Way

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A study has shown that people spend about 2,000 hours per year on average procrastinating. That’s about two months in a year!

Procrastination can seriously hurt your productivity if you let it get out of hand. This is why you need to learn how to deal with your own procrastination. It will help you to become more productive and get things done faster.

Here are some practical tips that will help:

1) Start with small tasks first, then roll up your sleeves and get down to business for the big stuff.

This way, you’ll tackle the most difficult tasks first thing in the morning when you have a lot of energy and willpower to get stuff done! It’s like tackling Everest from bottom up instead of from top down (well, not exactly like that but you get my point).

2) Take breaks between hard work sessions by doing something completely different.

We all know how important breaks are — they allow our brain to relax and rest while keeping our creativity flowing! It’s recommended to take breaks between hard work sessions by doing something completely different.

3) Learn how to say no!

It’s very easy to get overcommitted and it’s not uncommon for startup founders to overbook themselves many times during the year. I’ve never met anyone who can do everything they’ve committed to during one day! If you’re new in business and don’t have much experience in dealing with this problem yet — start learning how to say no!

4) Be realistic about what you can achieve during one day/week/month.

If you don’t know where your time goes, try tracking your daily activities for a week or two.

5) Set up simple systems that will help you stay on track.

There are many useful tools and apps that will help you get stuff done or avoid distraction online while improving productivity at the same time (e.g. RescueTime).

6) Don’t work on items that you don’t feel like working on.

Sometimes you have to do things that you don’t feel like doing — it’s part of life as a startup founder. But sometimes you don’t have to do something just because it’s on your to-do list!

7) Be disciplined and follow the task management system religiously.

I’ve learned this lesson the hard way — if there is no one to remind me about my daily tasks, I won’t do them! I’m really bad at keeping track of daily tasks without using some kind of a system. And the same goes for other people — we all need someone (or some tool) reminding us about our daily plans and activities in order to stay focused and get stuff done!

8) Do what needs to be done instead of what is important or urgent right now!

There are lots of things in this world that need our attention every day — none of them is more important than the others because they’re all equally important.

Final Words

In conclusion, when it comes to optimizing productivity and dealing with procrastination, the most important thing is to create simple systems that will help you stay on track.

Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.