7 Strategies to Stop Paralyzing Procrastination

Throughout the years, we have all had more clients than we can count who struggle with paralyzing procrastination…avoiding an email, putting off a phone call, or delaying a decision. For some people, they need to feel that adrenaline rush of potentially disappointing a client in order to finally complete a project, or experience the severe consequences of a poor performance review before they finally take action. Yes, this type of fear-based motivation can be effective, but it’s incredibly stressful, and it doesn’t always bring out your best self or your best work.

We are thrilled to highlight a Women ON Point alumni who did not procrastinate. She took what she learned, she took action, and she took her career to the Next Level!

Nancy Oliker Nancy Oliker – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy on her new position! Nancy was previously the Vice President of Marketing at United Health Care, and is now the Head of Enterprise Marketing at Happify.

Here’s what Nancy has to say…”Attending Women ON Point and the subsequent coaching sessions with Aimee could not have come at better time in my professional development.  Women ON Point helped me clarify and validate the decisions I needed to make in order to move my career forward.  But it was the coaching sessions with Aimee that brought it all together.  Interestingly, my first coaching session happened to fall just days before my first interview with Happify.  I have struggled to succinctly answer the question, “so tell me about yourself”.  After listening for just a few minutes, Aimee said, “Why, you’re a developer!” And that’s when the lights went off and the bells rung.  Those few words were the words I’d been missing to pull my story together.  It gave me a great way to frame my story and make my story distinctive.  My second coaching session came just minutes after I had announced my departure to my team.  Once again, Aimee was there to help me think through the upcoming transition and providing some additional insights.  Our next coaching session will be when I’m at Happify and I can’t wait!”  

Here are 7 Strategies to Stop Paralyzing Procrastination that are a lot more positive, easy to implement, and can de-stress your life both personally and professionally.

Focus on One Thing

As women, we are genetically hard-wired to multi-task. But this is a fatal flaw when it comes to procrastination, because there are always a million other tasks on the to-do list that demand our attention. The truth is that multi-tasking doesn’t really work. Focus all your attention on getting one thing done at a time, and crossing that one thing off the list before you tackle a new task.

Break it Down

The old adage about the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time is absolutely true! Instead of getting overwhelmed by a large project, break it down into manageable sized action steps. Set mini-deadlines before the final deadline.

Decide to Delegate

If there is a task that routinely stresses you out and causes you to procrastinate, like doing spreadsheets or cold calling prospects, it could be time to delegate those responsibilities to an accountant or business development person. Most people procrastinate when they’re called to perform a task that’s considered one of their weaknesses. Remember, your weakness is someone else’s strength.

Find a Buddy

A good buddy or BFF has a million proven benefits, but one of the best is in creating accountability. Find that person who can hold your feet to the fire, keep you motivated and on track, and remind you of why your goals are important. This person can be a friend, a mentor, or a coach…accountability is a powerful tool in beating procrastination.

Know Your “Why”

For some people, procrastination is the result of not understanding the bigger picture or the larger context and potential consequences. Simple tasks are easier to dismiss and put off until the last minute if you don’t know the “why”.

Forget Perfection

For millions of women, procrastination is the result of a more serious affliction…perfectionism. It’s the endless overthinking, the constant tweaking, and the never-ending second-guessing that occurs when perfection is the goal. Do you re-read and agonize over every word in an email before you hit send? Perfection is a myth…it doesn’t exist. Let it go!

Reward Yourself

Whether it’s a major weight loss, getting a big promotion, or sending a difficult email, you need to celebrate and reward yourself. Regardless of the size of the goal or magnitude of the milestone, there needs to a happy ending or reward on the horizon to help prevent, or minimize, procrastination.

It’s unrealistic to think that you can completely eradicate procrastination from your life, but you can greatly reduce those moments when you struggle with paralyzing procrastination. Those moments should be few and far between, not a daily occurrence. It is always in your best interest to operate from a position of power, and not one of panic and procrastination.

For example, don’t procrastinate on registering for either of the Women ON Point leadership summits in 2018. As always, space is extremely limited and both summits are already filling up fast. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and take your leadership skills to the Next Level, or know another woman who is, then don’t delay! Register today!

 

Summertime is the Time for Success

It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone still operates according to the school calendar.  We are conditioned to put our noses to the grindstone from September until May, and then take a physical and mental vacation during the summer months.  We can’t wait to sit on the beach, read a trashy novel, or travel to visit with friends and family.  They don’t call it the “lazy days of summer” for nothing.

This may be true for everyone else, but not for the motivated, driven, and committed women who attended our last Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago in July.

While everyone else is taking the summer off, these women decided to invest in themselves and take their leadership skills to the next level…and it has paid off in a big way!

We are thrilled to announce that the promotions that are being highlighted in this “Success Spotlight” occurred just days after the Women ON Point leadership summit, and both of these women were hand-picked and sent by a previous Women ON Point attendee. It’s just another powerful example of “women supporting women”, and paying it forward in a significant way.

KaDee Holt – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to KaDee on her recent promotion! Kadee was previously the Director of Marketing at IntelliSource, and has now been elevated to the new Senior Director of Marketing and Sales.

Here’s what KaDee has to say…”Women on Point was much more than a summit, the structure and intimate setting allowed for quick and powerful relationship building between a diverse group of women resulting in a motivational and encouraging experience both professionally and personally.  It was the jump start I needed to identify professional goals and set a path to achieve them while developing long standing relationships with like-minded women who are encouraging and holding me accountable.  This opportunity was exactly what I needed to prepare me for this next level in my career as a Senior Director at IntelliSource.”  

 

Susan Murray – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to Susan on her recent promotion! Susan was previously the Site Operations Manager at IntelliSource, and is now the Director of Operations.

Here’s what Susan has to say…”WOP provided me with the opportunity to hear invaluable viewpoints, perspectives, wisdom, and guidance from other woman leaders that I can bring with me to share as I work with and lead other women. Invaluable!!!”

 

In addition to sharing amazing news, we are also hard at work planning for next year. We have heard, and are honoring, your requests to bring Women ON Point back to a couple of our favorite locations. Mark your calendars, because Women ON Point is all set for March 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. It’s filling up fast, so we encourage you to register early.

We are also on track to host another Women ON Point in Denver, Colorado in the fall of 2018, and we’ll announce those details as soon as everything is confirmed.

In the meantime, there is still plenty of time to make this season a huge success.

Here are 5 Ways to Make Your Summertime a Time for Success…

  1. Turn those bar-b-ques and block parties into networking opportunities and expand your network.
  2. Add a book about leadership or Emotional Intelligence to your summer reading list.
  3. Tackle some of those mid or longer-term projects that never make it to the top of the to-do list.
  4. Find a mentor or be a mentor…or both.
  5. Use the slower time to get more involved in your community, to get more engaged in professional development activities, and to get more visibility within your organization.

 

Not Fake News…Fantastic News!

Today more than ever we are bombarded with fake news, bad news, and negative news, and it infiltrates our lives 24/7. It’s on every channel and on every device. There is no escape. It screams the loudest and demands the most attention…until now.

As we (Pam, Aimee, and Sara) prepare for our next Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago on July 19-21, we are confident that we can drown out the mind-numbing negative news with not just one, but four success stories this month.

It’s not a secret that those who invest in themselves are exponentially more successful than those who do not. Every successful tycoon from Warren Buffett to Bill Gates enthusiastically commits 10% of their annual income to personal and professional development. They invest in training, education, coaching, and mastermind groups to ensure they stay on top and continue to grow.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that the same tycoon-type mentality is going gangbusters at Women ON Point. Women who have attended our leadership summits have experienced new dream jobs, promotions, raises, and are leveraging what they’ve learned in innovative ways to pay it forward.

Here are 4 incredible Women ON Point alumni we are honored to highlight in this “Success Spotlight”…

Ana Battung – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Long Beach, CA 2017

Congratulations to Ana on her recent promotion! Ana was previously the Associate Director of Sales for Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt Centric the Pike, and will now take her place as the Global Sales Director on the Hyatt Sales Force Americas Team. There’s even more great news…Ana has also been appointed as one of the Executive Committee Leaders for the Women@Hyatt West Coast Chapter. 

Here’s what Ana has to say…”Women ON Point was an absolutely amazing experience! It brought on a new perspective to my leadership style and highlighted specific areas of opportunity for me to focus on. I now have the tools and resources available to continue to propel me throughout my career and allow me to pay it forward for other women. I highly recommend Women ON Point to anyone regardless of where they are in their career and in their life. It’s truly the best way to invest in yourself and you will make friends that will last a lifetime!”


Katie Dittman – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Beaver Creek, CO 2016

Congratulations to Katie on her recent promotion! Katie was previously the Manager of Global Culture and Talent Management for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and is now the Manager of Global Operations Communications. 

Here’s what Katie has to say…”I am thrilled to be taking on a new role within Hyatt. Women ON Point was just the push I needed to validate my ability to go for a completely new position. I learned a lot from spending time with women from different industries, companies, and in a variety of positions. Working with Aimee gave me a lot more confidence to sell myself in interviews, ask for what I deserve, and promote my capabilities in a new light. She also completely made-over my résumé which was MUCH needed! I’m grateful for my WONP experience!”


Wren Brotzman – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Beaver Creek, CO 2016

Congratulations to Wren on her recent promotion! Wren was previously the Chief Operating Officer at RMC, and is now the Executive Vice President. 

 

 


Nicole Bunbury Sjowall – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Beaver Creek, CO 2016

Congratulations to Nicole on her commitment to “pay it forward”. Nicole is the owner of Bunbury & Associates Realtors and was so inspired by what she learned at Women ON Point she kicked off the company-wide annual meeting with personalized “Brag Books” for all team members to capture their personal and professional successes. Nicole also invited Sara to deliver specific Women ON Point presentations including personal branding, mindset, and executive presence to her team. 

Here’s what Nicole has to say…”Women ON Point leadership summit was such an empowering experience! There was so much useful information for me to re-energize my leadership and communication development. Sara, Pam, and Aimee are so effective in teaching us how managing our professional development can launch us into becoming successful leaders. Women ON Point is a game changer!”


BONUS “Success Spotlight”

Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC) – We are big believers that no one achieves any level of success alone, and therefore we’d like to shine a special light on our Chicago power partner, PWCC. PWCC creates opportunities for Chicago-area professional women to make connections that inspire personal and professional growth, support business and personal goals, and enrich lives. The membership consists of successful female corporate executives, junior and senior professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, artists, prominent individuals in their industries, businesses, and communities. 

In the spirit of “women supporting women”, we encourage you to reach out and congratulate your fellow Women ON Point alumni and keep those connections alive and well. It’s easy to get mired down by an endless to-do list, to get distracted by fake news, and to get overwhelmed by life events — but it’s also easy to choose to focus on the positive, to celebrate key accomplishments, and to cultivate those quality relationships in your life.

And, we are here to help you do all of that and more!

There are so many women who could benefit from the Women ON Point magic, but there are only a few spots left in Chicago. We are reaching out to you, our valued alumni, to help us identify those individual women in need of this transformational professional development experience. We want to positively impact more lives, make an even greater difference, and catapult more women to the Next Level!

Contact Us

 

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