Over the last few days I have been working on a few projects that I can’t complete without doing some learning. The main one has been making changes and adding a few things to the website. This was a task I had on my list for a while, but usually never got around to. Not because I didn’t have time. I set aside time, but simply filled it up with something else so I didn’t have to do that day. The real reason was that I didn’t know exactly what I was doing and didn’t want to make any mistakes.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think that striving for perfection is a good thing. I think that we should always be pushing ourselves to better at everything thing we do. The problem is that I often try to do things perfect the first time around. Since many projects consist of a number of parts, making sure each one is perfect when I am still learning makes projects seem much more complex and difficult than they really are.
Like the saying goes “practice makes perfect”, and part of learning is failing. In many cases, and definitely true for myself, I tend to learn much more when I fail than when I succeed. When I fail, I am not just learning how to do it, but how not do it. In the long run this helps me to do it better and quicker the next time.
How to Stop Procrastinating
- Write down your goals or agenda and put whatever you have been procrastinating to do at the top of your list (if your putting it off, it’s probably important)
- Set a due date
- Break the project down into smaller smaller tasks. This will help you get started and make the project look sizable
- Don’t try to make it perfect the first time. Sometimes it is easier to make changes afterwords.
- Know it’s not only okay, but beneficial to fail. If you are doing something for the first time then failing will only make it easier to do the next time
So as I mentioned I have been making a few changes to the site. In the next couple of days, I will also be offering some free e-books for to subscribe by e-mail. I am a huge fan of the books, so I hope you enjoy them also.
As always, I would love to hear your comments on the subject.