Overcoming Procrastination: Effective Ways Introverts and Self-Doubters Can Achieve Business Goals with Confidence

Is procrastination & self-doubt holding you back? Do you feel you’ll never get your business to where you know you could if only you believed in yourself? Are you finding yourself stuck in a cycle of procrastination & frustration?

Fear not! I get it & I wanted to share some of my own experiences & the things I have learned that have helped me move from the procrastination trap.

For introverts and individuals lacking confidence, navigating the business world can be even more daunting. The inner struggles of self-doubt and the inclination to procrastinate often stand as barriers to achieving our goals.

In this blog post, we'll explore powerful strategies to help introverts and those lacking self-belief work through procrastination, build confidence, and achieve their business goals with ease – and maybe with a little fun along the way as well!

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1: Embrace Your Introversion and Increase Your Self-Awareness:

As an introvert, HSP, or someone grappling with self-doubt, it's essential that you recognise and embrace your unique qualities. When you embrace your introversion or energy sensitivities as a source of strength, it will allow you to reflect and approach challenges with thoughtfulness. As you understand yourself more, you’ll be able to tap into what actually works for you as opposed to trying to fit into different shaped boxes.

A key approach to developing self-awareness is to identify the triggers that lead to procrastination. Understanding your tendencies, the reason behind your behaviours and your mindset, will empower you to address them more effectively.

We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.

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2: Break Down Goals into Smaller Steps

This is what I shout about within my work. People may find setting goals & planning unappealing – but I cannot stress enough how much of an impact having clear goals is & the importance of then breaking those goals down.

If you experience self-doubt, setting goals & working towards them can be the biggest trigger. It can lead to overwhelm before you even start because the end point seems so far away, it doesn’t feel possible.

Having business goals means that there are so many unknowns and factors you have to consider & if you’re new to business, it can feel like a massive undertaking & risk. If your business goals are too big, it will just lead straight to avoidance and procrastination.

Break down your objectives into smaller, achievable tasks. Create a step-by-step plan, setting realistic deadlines for each milestone. By focusing on manageable steps, you'll build momentum, increase confidence, and gradually make progress towards your bigger vision.

Don’t underestimate the power of a plan. If you find plans too rigid or you write one & never look at it again, make your plan flexible & interactive. Work with your plan every single day. Add to it, update it & change things as you move along.

Your plan will be your best friend by the time you achieve your goals!

3: Cultivate a Positive Mindset

Challenges and setbacks are a part of any business journey. Cultivating a positive mindset will help you overcome self-doubt and dampen down that fear of failure.

Most of the time procrastination is based around fear. It could also just be because it’s a really, really boring task… But the good news is fear-based procrastination can be changed!

When you take the time to nurture yourself and create a positive and loving mindset towards yourself and others, the fear of failing or of doing something wrong and looking like a prized idiot begins to disappear.

Your brain has one primary role – to keep you alive. When it senses you’re uncomfortable with something it perceives it as a real life and death kind of threat. It will do everything it can to convince you to not do it. It doesn’t know your life isn’t in danger – but it’s responding like it is.

There are various ways that you can tame these mind gremlins so that you can challenge your automatic response to these situations. Of course, if anxiety is something that impacts you a great deal, perhaps working with a therapist could be a good option. Or, working with a mindset and confidence coach who can support you to transform those beliefs.

Believing that you can and trusting that you can do the work will shift your energy completely. Think about when you had to do something, and you really did not want to do it. Picture yourself, your stance, your mood and your energy. Now picture yourself doing something that excites you! What’s different in your energy? If we apply this to the work in front of you, how different of an experience will it be for you if your feelings and energy towards it is positive?

How could you reframe it? “I get to work on this today!” “I am building my future by doing this task today!”

Other ways that you could cultivate a more positive mindset are:

  • Challenge negative thoughts as they arise. This becomes easier and quicker the more you practice. Every time you catch yourself being negative or criticising yourself, catch yourself and correct the thought with something that challenges it. In my work as a therapist, this is a powerful tool and helps so much.
  • Affirmations. Set your intention for the day. You don’t have to be woo-woo to benefit from affirmations. It’s simply a version of self-encouragement! I’m sure you’ve experienced it before – where you’re giving yourself that little pep-talk become a presentation or something “You can do it!” Kind of thing… well affirmations are similar. They are generally “I am” statements. So, “I am confident” “I am good enough.” Etc.
  • Positive self-talk. If you’re in the procrastination and self-doubt cycle, I imagine your head is full of critical thoughts about yourself. Flip the script. Become your number one fan. Become your supporter and your friend. Champion yourself. It might feel weird at first, but in time it will become second nature – just like these negative thoughts did.
  • Recognise that mistakes are opportunities for growth and learning. We are not back in the 80’s in classrooms where ritual humiliation and the odd chalkboard rubber was thrown at us when we answered incorrectly (Thanks for the memories, Mr Powell et al..!). It is not the end of the world if something doesn’t work out. If do you get something wrong, it does not mean you are a failure. You learn from it. You adapt and you grow!
  • Embrace a growth mindset, where challenges are stepping – stones to success rather than roadblocks. This is key! As mentioned above – in order to learn we must firstly give it a go. When things don’t work out exactly how you wanted, you get to learn from that. Reflective learning is a wonderful tool. Take the time to learn what you could do differently next time. Or, if faced with a block – how can you navigate this? Get that solution-focused head switched on. Life is rarely a straight line from A-B, so instead of being frightened or trying to avoid it, believe you can overcome it and take what you need from the experience.
  • Seek support with a friend or colleague. You don’t have to do everything yourself – …hello fellow perfectionists – yes, I’m talking to you! Sometimes the act of emptying what’s on your mind by talking it through with a friend or colleague will bring about the biggest insight. Embrace your own skillset but seek support if you need to!
  • Embrace being a newbie! You’re not expected to be an expert straight away!

4: Seek Support and Accountability

As an introvert or someone struggling with self-belief, it's easy to isolate yourself. I totally understand the need for solace to rest and recharge but also try to be open to connections with others as well. Seek support from mentors, peers, or business communities. Being self-employed can be lonely, being part of a community of others in the same situation can be a great way to run ideas or worries and learn from them as well. Share your goals and challenges with trusted individuals who can offer guidance and encouragement along the way.

Join accountability groups (like The Authentic Growth Community), where you can track progress and celebrate achievements together. Connecting with others who understand your journey can provide motivation and a sense of camaraderie. There is nothing like having a group of people to share things with. It can also help with building your confidence and growing your network.

5: Set Realistic Time Limits

Procrastination can thrive when you have an open-ended timeline. Parkinson’s law is where you can stretch the time it takes to complete a task that can be completed in a much shorter length of time. If you set specific and realistic time limits for each task it creates a sense of urgency to complete tasks within the designated timeframe. Be mindful that you’re not piling on the pressure, or you may just freeze, but realistic goals with a timeframe can keep you focused on the task in hand.

Some techniques to stay focused and on track include:

Time-blocking. These small blocks of focus time are a great way to ensure that you are fully focused for a specific amount of time. The structure and discipline of time limits can remove distractions and limit the risk of procrastination.

Focus on one thing. Focusing on one thing at a time will reduce the overwhelm. If you are growing a business, your mind will be drawn to multiple different things. This tends to lead to not finishing tasks or avoiding them altogether! When you commit to working on only one thing, your brain can laser in on this and ignore the other tasks until the one you’re working on is complete.

Peak performance times. Identify how and when you work best. Is there a time limit for when your focus drops off? If so, manipulate your plan & diary to ensure that after say 30 or 45 minutes you stop to refresh your brain & switch off for 5-10 minutes.

After around 35-40 minutes, I begin to notice that I’m getting distracted, or that my mind is beginning to jump around instead of remaining focused. This is the time I choose to pause. Pay attention to this in the coming days to develop an awareness of how you work. Once you’ve got a better understanding, you can use time-blocking to plan out your day!

6: Celebrate Small Wins:

Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Acknowledge and reward yourself for completing tasks and meeting deadlines. Celebrating small wins boosts confidence and encourages you to build that momentum. Remember, every step forward is a step closer to your business goals, it doesn’t have to be full of giant leaps!

Us humans love a reward! By celebrating yourself as you take those steps, you’re reinforcing how good it feels to get shit done! Have a pack of gold stars (Mel Robins swears by these!) Or, take yourself out for a walk, run a bath, take some time off. Whatever you need to do to acknowledge that you have achieved something!

7: Practice Self-Compassion:

Be kind to yourself. Recognise that everyone faces challenges and setbacks. Practice self-compassion by acknowledging your efforts and progress, even if progress feels slow. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend.

Key Takeaways

  • Embrace your unique self
  • Set clear goals and break them down
  • Cultivate a positive mindset
  • Seek support and accountability
  • Set realistic time limits
  • Celebrate small wins
  • Practice self-compassion

Final Thoughts…

As introverts or individuals struggling with self-doubt, we have unique strengths that can be used to achieve success in business. By embracing our introversion and unique traits, we can work through procrastination and achieve our business objectives with confidence. Remember, you do have the power to overcome challenges and achieve your goals! I’m off for a walk to celebrate posting this blog today – what are you going to do to celebrate taking the time to read this? Let me know in the comments!

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Meet Lynsey

Lynsey Wall, Coach & Mentor at Coach Writes. About me - A headshot of Lynsey smiling. Wearing a black t-shirt, blue framed glasses. Office walls behind her.

Hey there! I'm Lynsey, a coach, counsellor, and mentor for low energy, introverted or low confident female coaches & small business owners. With over 5 years’ experience of running businesses, and over a decade as a tutor and trainer, I've learned the value of effective time management that energises you through working with your energy.

I've lived with chronic illness – ME/CFS since 2011 and since then I re-trained as a counsellor, and achieved a distinction for my MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice; all while running 4 businesses! I want that for you as well & it is possible with the right support and pathway to success.

Improving your mindset, finding acceptance and developing a solution-focused approach to achieving your goals is my passion. Blending mental health support where needed, as well as a supportive space and methods to manage your work more effectively.

If you'd like to know more about working with me, you can email [email protected] or find me on socials (links in the menu)

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