Overcoming Procrastination by “Kissing the pig for 21 Days”

All to often new entrepreneurs know they need to write a business plan, but they belabor the activity and it doesn’t get done. However, true entrepreneurs tend to be action oriented and they we still start some other business star- up task which may lead to an unorganized business launch and a waste of valuable resources.

One approached to over coming this procrastination is to do what I call “kissing the pig for 21 days. ” What do I mean by this? Well, research has shown that if a person does something for twenty-one days straight they begin to form a habit and kissing the pig refers to doing something you don’t like the most. Yet, once you have kissed a pig everything else doesn’t seem so bad.

So, this is how you kiss the pig when it comes to preparing your business plan or any other task for that matter:

  1. Make a quick list of 10 things you have to do to get you to completing your business plan. They should be specific and tangible. Example: identify 5 companies that sell similar products to mine and gather background on each one of them.
  2. Next, once you have identified the ten task pick the one thing you dread doing the most and attack it first. Don’t stop until you have completed the activity or have come to a point it is physically impossible to move any further.
  3. Now that you have completed the dreaded task give yourself a small reward. Something simple like some sweets or 15- 30 minutes of Sports Center.

Finally, now go back and do some more things on your list that you enjoy doing.

Continue doing this everyday for 21 days. Refresh your list at the end of the day. You should cross off those items you completed and add new items to keep your list at 10 things you can attack. Remember the goal isn’t to clear your list everyday, it’s great if you do, but that is not the goal. The goal is to develop a habit of attacking the tough task first, because everything else is easy after you have kissed a pig!

Here is a link to some other suggestions on over coming procrastination. Six Steps to getting it done!

Manch Kersee,Jr. is President of J. R. Dexter, Inc a Business Decision Support provider for small business.