5 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Overcome Procrastination



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March 5, 2024

I remember it like yesterday… Waiting until 2 am to start “studying” for a test the next day. Or starting that project I’ve had 4 months for 3 days before it’s due…

Procrastination is everywhere and I’ve done it all. 

Being an entrepreneur can lead to mountains of procrastination. 

Not having any accountability, a boss, or a schedule, can be the fall of everything. 

Procrastination is a common challenge for entrepreneurs, but conquering it is essential for success. 

Here are five simple yet powerful strategies to help you break free from the procrastination trap and boost your productivity!

1. Set Clear and Achievable Goals

Define specific, measurable goals for your projects. 

Break them down into smaller tasks with deadlines. 

Clear objectives provide focus and make it easier to take the first step.

2. Prioritize Tasks Effectively

Identify high-priority tasks and tackle them first. 

Use methods like the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks based on urgency and importance. 

By focusing on what truly matters, you'll avoid the pitfalls of procrastination.

I like to focus on a maximum of 3 tasks a day that will get me closer to my goals.

3. Use the Pomodoro Technique

Embrace the power of short, focused bursts of work. 

Set a timer for 25 minutes of concentrated effort, followed by a 5-minute break. 

Repeat this cycle, and you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish without feeling overwhelmed.

I personally like to do longer deep work sessions for about 45 minutes to even 90 minutes. 

Do what works for you and how you feel when you’re working. 

4. Eliminate Distractions

Is your phone beside you right now? Have you touched it in the last 5 minutes?

Is it ringing or buzzing constantly?

Identify and minimize distractions in your workspace. 

Turn off unnecessary notifications, create a dedicated work environment, and communicate your focused work hours to colleagues. 

A distraction-free zone enhances concentration and minimizes the temptation to procrastinate.

When I’m in a “deep work” session I like to turn my phone on DO Not Disturb mode. This stops any and all messages or notifications from coming through.

5. Accountability Partnerships

Share your goals with a trusted colleague or friend and establish regular check-ins. 

Having someone to hold you accountable adds a layer of commitment. 

Knowing that someone is aware of your progress can provide the motivation to stay on track.


Remember, overcoming procrastination is a gradual process. 

Start implementing these strategies one step at a time, and soon you'll find yourself breaking free from procrastination's grip, paving the way for enhanced productivity and entrepreneurial success.

We utilize all of these tools and techniques in my community for entrepreneurs called Mentee!

We set goals and hold each other accountable in a private community portal, prioritize tasks through Coworking Sessions, and eliminate distractions by working together on the business and not in it.

Learn more about Mentee here!

Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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