We’ve all been there — you have a list of things to get done but can’t seem to even make a dent. The problem isn’t that you don’t have the time, it’s just that you can’t seem to get motivated to begin. Procrastination happens to the best of us and pretty much everyone in the world has to deal with it at one point or another. But instead of wallowing in the guilt that can come with putting things off, harness some energy and use these five tips to move past procrastination.

  1. Put on Some Music

Everyone knows music can change the mood — so put it to good use when it comes to improving motivation and productivity. Throw on some good music that makes you WANT to move and start tackling that To Do list.

  1. Get Past the Worst

If there’s a job on your list that makes you cringe every time you look at it, then get it done first. Getting that struck off the list will make everything else seem downright pleasant by comparison.

  1. Set Yourself Up for Success

If you find you really can’t avoid distractions online but you need access to the Internet to work, consider small business productivity app options. There are plenty of apps that will prevent you from getting sucked into videos or wasting time online as well as those that are aimed to actively promote productivity, like BubblesPlanner.

  1. Accept Imperfections

Perfectionism is often at the core of procrastination so this can be a hard one for entrepreneurs. Not everything has to be picture perfect before moving on. Learn to delegate some of your work so that you can get a rough draft underway before handing it off to someone else.

  1. Get Past the Start

Getting started is sometimes the hardest part. Find your sweet spot in terms of working — some people are natural morning people while others thrive after the sun goes down. Tailor your schedule to fit around this natural quirk and you’ll find yourself able to start projects much more quickly.