On April 15th, or Tax Day, many of us are reminded how much of a procrastinator we can truly be.

Let’s face it, owning a business means that doing your taxes is an even longer process than most. Which naturally means you will procrastinate even more than the average person because you barely have time to brush your teeth, let alone think about your taxes.

But just because you may have let your taxes wait to the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on those other projects you’ve been letting slip through the cracks—like your social media marketing, for example.

If Tax Day procrastination teaches us anything, it’s that life is just a bit easier if we do things in advance.

Here’s a simple plan to turn procrastination into action, so you can start taking advantage of all that social media has to offer your small business.

Step 1: Create the time

A common theme of small business owners we speak to is lack of time. When you’re strapped for time, you tend to forget to do those things you want to do to help grow your business—like building your social presence, for example—unless you mark some time off in your calendar.

Jot down just 30 minutes a day to work on your plan. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done when you make the time.

Step 2: Choose a goal

People tend to stick to something more if they physically write it down.

Choose a goal you’ve been putting off and write it down so you’ll take the time to do the tasks necessary to help you achieve it.

It sounds so simple, but actually making yourself accountable for your tasks will help you to push forward and get the important things done.

So what have you been putting off? Maybe it’s time to start that Facebook Page, or get started on Twitter, or Pinterest.

Step 3: Create a list

Once you know what you’re trying to accomplish, create a list of tasks that you’ll need to complete in order to achieve your goal.

Step 4: Work the plan

Once you know what you’ll need to accomplish your goal. Use that block of time you’ve already set in your schedule to start crossing things off your list.

Get started today

Procrastination is a part of life—we all do it in one way or another. But when we make the time to get things done you’ll see yourself accomplishing much more than you ever thought you had time for.

My challenge to you on this Procrastination…I mean Tax Day…is to take one thing you have been sitting on (no, not your chair) and make a plan to bring it into fruition.

What task are you going to try and finish? Let us know in the comments below.