We think one of the BIGGEST hurdles in owning your own business is pretty much being on your own timeline. Without a boss lurking around, it’s very easy to put tasks off until later & chill on the couch bingewatching Grey’s Anatomy instead of doing your work. The three of us definitely struggle with procrastination on a regular basis, so we decided to do an episode all about it! Tune in while we chitchat about ways we put off important tasks, haha, and hear how we deal with fixing it!
- UNPLUG. We might be beating a dead horse on this one because we’ve totally talked about this in the past but it’s the EASIEST way to keep yourself from procrastinating. Unplugging from social media, Netflix, texting, heck even your family sometimes will really help you be more efficient with your workflow.
- Just do it. This applies to that stuff that’s awkward or hard that you just kind of don’t want to deal with. The longer you put off that uncomfortable phone call, the harder it will be to make it. Ashley’s strategy is to pick up the phone immediately and tackle the awkwardness. She makes a great point that she doesn’t want her clients to linger on their feelings waiting for a response from her. The faster you just do whatever it is you aren’t looking forward to, the easier it will be in the long run.
- Reward yourself. This is another thing that’s tough about not being in a typical office job, you don’t really get accolades for your hard work. I mean, at least not from other people. Clients loving their photos is amazing, but at the end of the day, a lot of us need little rewards along the way. This can be something as small as getting your nails done after finishing culling a long wedding, or as big as giving yourself a raise & increasing your prices! Set a goal, finish that goal, and reward yourself. Even tiny things like a cup of coffee or a 30 minute break to watch a TV show will go a long way in keeping you productive & preventing procrastination.