Everybody procrastinates. Everybody procrastinates.
Now, if you take exception to what I just said, I want you to let me to expand upon that. If you look at the most successful people in our world, the high performers, if you will, they still procrastinate. But they procrastinate a little bit. Or other people, and I'm not going to name any names, I'm not even going to infer that you, well, you procrastinate a lot. So what I want to do is I want to give you five ideas on how you can control procrastination. I believe you cannot completely eliminate it. But there are certain things you can do that will reduce the amount of procrastination you are doing.
Number one, plan your time. I'm always saying, Tell your time where to go, instead of wondering where it went. When you plan your time intentionally. you think about what do you want to do tomorrow? if you're planning the day before. What do you want to do today, if you're planning the morning of. What do you want to do this week? This month? This quarter? When you intentionally plan, you're less likely to procrastinate. The worst thing, in my mind, you could have is a calendar with nothing on it. Because then you start rationalizing to yourself, Well, I'll just take an easy day or I'm sure I'll get something done. So plan your time.
Idea number two, do an exercise I call ODAE: outsource, delegate, automate, and eliminate. So what you do is over a period of 2, 3, 4, 5 days, write down everything you do. Now, I don't want you to judge, if it should be done by you or someone else, don't get ahead of yourself. Just write down everything you do. For as many days as you need to to get a clear picture of what you're doing. Then I want you to sit down with that list and anything that can be outsourced, I want you to outsource it. Anything that can be delegated, I want you to delegate it. Anything that can be automated, this is a big one, I want you to automate it. And anything that can be eliminated, my favorite letter, I want you to eliminate it. Because you're probably doing too much. And if you outsource, delegate, automate and eliminate what you can, you'll have less to do and the things you do do, will be things you are really good at, and you won't procrastinate because you love doing it.
Idea number three, know your limits. We all have limits: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, you got to know your limits. And you got to know when you need to step back and take a break. So know your limits. When you're tired, when you're fatigued, when you're mentally exhausted, it's really easy to slip into procrastination.
Idea number four, maybe you got to find a different or a better job. Maybe you love your job, but you don't like the long commute, you don't like sitting in traffic. Maybe you want to work from home, maybe you don't like the wallpaper, maybe don't like your boss. Because if you're doing something you don't love to do, it's really easy to procrastinate. Let's say you've got to create a report. And you hate creating reports. So you start cleaning up your email, or you start looking at your Slack messages. So maybe you need to consider getting a better job or the same job at a different location.
And idea number five, I want you to create a system. Now, everyone's systems gonna be different. One of them should be planning your time. But I want you to look at your work environment. And I want you to go, Okay, how can I create a system that is unique for me, that I'm going to adhere to that is going to reduce my procrastination? A lot of people don't have systems. A lot of people go through their days, flying by the seat of their pants. I don't want you to do that. I want you to think about what you do every day, and how you can systemize it. Now as a productivity coach, I work with people to set systems up like this and it's very difficult for me to give you these strategies on a video like this. But what I want you to do is step back and think about how you can systemize what you're doing. I guarantee you, you can come up with a system based on what you already do. Systems help reduce procrastination.
So again, the five ideas I have for you reducing, remember you cannot 100% eliminate procrastination, but you can certainly reduce it: number one, plan. Tell your time where to go. Instead of wondering where it went. Number two, do the outsource, delegate, automate, and eliminate exercise I call ODAE. Number three, know your limits and don't exceed them. Number four, find a different or better job. And number five, create a system.