Are you a neurodivergent entrepreneur struggling with procrastination? If so, you’re not
alone. Many neurodivergent entrepreneurs find staying motivated and focused on their
work challenging. Procrastination leads to stress, anxiety, and low productivity, affecting
mental health. Which is why it’s crucial to develop strategies to overcome it.
Here are five tips for overcoming procrastination:
Understand Why You Procrastinate
While procrastination isn’t something all neurodivergent people suffer from, it’s still a
common problem. To tackle it, it’s essential to understand why you procrastinate in the
first place. Potential causes include fear of failure, lack of motivation, perfectionism, and
difficulty focusing. Once you identify why you’re procrastinating, you’ll be better
equipped to find strategies to overcome it.
Create an Organized System
The way you organize things is vital when battling procrastination as a neurodivergent
entrepreneur. Creating an efficient organization system is essential for helping break
down larger tasks into more manageable chunks while allowing you space and time to
get everything done. Invest in organizational tools like planners, note-taking apps, or
even physical filing systems to always have your materials at hand when completing a
Follow Set Processes and Procedures
When working on a task, it’s crucial to have a similar plan of attack each time you take
on a project. Establishing specific processes and procedures help you stay organized,
focused, and motivated while avoiding the pitfalls of procrastination. Whether breaking
down a task into smaller steps or keeping a checklist to track progress, having
processes in place will help keep you on task.
Focus On Accomplishments Rather Than Failures
It’s easy to look at past failures as reasons why current projects cannot be completed
successfully, leading directly to procrastination. Try focusing instead on
accomplishments or small victories from projects previously completed, even if
successful completion seemed impossible before starting them initially. Accentuating
successes rather than failures helps build confidence and motivation by reminding you that your efforts aren’t in vain. Ultimately reinforcing stronger will against feelings of
discouragement from future obstacles ahead.
Find Your Motivation and Inspiration
Procrastination is a sign that you’re missing something in your work. Maybe it’s a lack of
motivation or inspiration. Instead, find what drives you by exploring other hobbies and
activities outside of your everyday tasks. Whether learning a new skill, taking on a mini-
project unrelated to business, or reading an inspiring book, having something to look
forward to staying motivated and focused on your work goals.
Procrastination doesn’t need to be a roadblock to achieving success as a
neurodivergent entrepreneur. With the right strategies and focus, overcoming
procrastination and reaching your goals is possible. There is always a reason for
procrastinating. When you figure out what that reason is, you can mitigate the problem
and move on, finally experiencing the power of finishing in a timely manner. Because it’s
only through finishing that you’ll achieve repeatable success as an entrepreneur –
neurodivergent or not.