You look around you and see piles of customer’s fabrics ]around. You’re working furiously to begin to bring the customer’s order to life because you have 2 days left to deliver and you don’t want to disappoint the customer. As you work on this order, you ask yourself why you didn’t start earlier.
Has this ever happened to you before? Well, if it has, you’re not the only one. You probably have many reasons for not doing the task earlier, but it all boils down to procrastination.
Last week, we reviewed a video by Desola of Daisy’s Wardrobe on how to look attractive at all times even without makeup. This week, we reviewed a video by Ronke Lawal on ‘How to Stop Procrastinating’. In it, she shared steps to take to eliminate procrastination from your daily activities.
The video aims to help fashion entrepreneurs learn ways to stop procrastinating work or other daily activities to become more productive and beat deadlines.
This video review will cover;
- useful points fashion entrepreneurs can learn from,
- important points missed out,
- the relevance of the information provided to fashion entrepreneurs.
Ways to End Procrastination
Procrastination is not doing what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it. It’s putting off all those things you know have to be done and doing something else instead because it feels better, easier or more comfortable.
Procrastination is blocking and stopping you from reaching your full potential as a fashion designer and as an individual. It really is about some kind of anxiety or stress build-up and you leave those things for the last minute and your results come out shabby.
1. Carve up the Task and Take it Step by Step
If it feels like the workload you have to do is too much, take it step by step, but get going. For example, if you have 10 orders from various client’s to deliver at around the same time, don’t try to cut and sew them all at the same time. Take it one at a time and see how your progress goes.
2. Ask Yourself WHY You don’t Want to Undertake the Task
Sincerely ask yourself why you don’t want to make those clothes, shoes or bags and answer the question honestly. Is it that you feel like you don’t have enough materials, you’re not sure of how to go about creating a particular style, you’re not sure where to get materials from? When you answer these questions, write the answers down to help you clear your head of all the noise and get down to the nitty-gritty of what the problem truly is.
3. Get Rid of Distractions
This might be an obvious point, but it is needed. You need to get rid of anything that might distract you from the work ahead of you. Is it your phone, tv, people around you or even checking Instagram for style inspiration? You need to clear your space of anything that can potentially distract you. You need to turn your attention away from those things and focus on your business. Sometimes, the best results come out of the most boring tasks so you have to do them.
4. Get Yourself a Mentor
If you find that you have tried so many times to stop procrastinating but you always go back to it, it might be time to find yourself a mentor, business coach or counsellor. They can help you keep your mind on track. You can also ask people to check on you to find out your progress on the .
Other Points Missed Out
5. Create a Timeline/Schedule
For every order you have on hand, create a timeline for when you should finish with each one. Afterwards, create a schedule for the order you will carry out all your tasks in. Let this guide you in which jobs to do and help you stay organised along the way.
The Usefulness of the Information to Fashion Entrepreneurs
Procrastination is one thing many fashion entrepreneurs struggle with and it greatly affects their productivity. This video is quite helpful in helping fashion entrepreneurs figure out the root cause of procrastination in their lives and facing it head-on.