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Moving from procrastination to progress!

Many of you know I am a podcast fan.

So I am super pleased to announce that my own podcast, Take on Board, will be coming to a pod channel near you very soon! I’ve been having a great time interviewing a range of awesome women directors. I’ll bring you weekly tips, tricks and tools about how to get on a board or, once you’re on a board, how to be your best in the boardroom. Let me know if you’d like advance notice of the first episode, coming in just a week or two!

But this blog isn’t about my new podcast.

It’s about procrastination.

See, launching a new podcast was my goal for 2018. Yep, it was my goal for last year. And here we are in mid 2019 and it’s still not launched!

How did I get from procrastination to progress?

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Three steps: expert advice, attention, accountability

Part of the reason I didn’t make progress last year was I was overwhelmed by all the things I had to do. And as it was all new to me, I didn’t understand the technical aspects of some of those things I needed to do.

To overcome this, I got expert advice. I appointed a podcast producer. And with that came a steady stream of expert advice – what to buy, how to set it up, templates, ideas.

She then helped me on the second key to progress – attention and focus. She gave me one task at a time – choosing the title and music, buying equipment, organising art work, setting up interviews. One to tick off each time.

Last but not least – and this is key for me – accountability. We had weekly meetings. She would follow me up on what I said I would do.

As a coach, I often provide this support to clients – advice on what challenges and opportunities they are facing, attention on the most important things and accountability to ensure they do what they say they are going to do.

What about you? What are you procrastinating? And how might some advice, attention and accountability help you to progress? I’d love to hear what works for you – get in touch by email or via LinkedIn or Twitter.

Ps. Speaking of progress, I will be heading to the Progress conference next week – let me know if you’ll be there too!

Pps. Speaking of podcasts, I listened to a podcast about procrastination on the weekend – ‘Here’s why all your projects are late, and what to do about it‘. And here’s a link to my blog a year or two ago about my favourite podcasts, although I probably have a few to add to it now. What are your favourite podcasts?

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