OK — I know it is not Monday.
The truth is that I have a confession to make – I have been meaning to get back to “Motivational Monday” posts for some time, but I have been procrastinating. I've actually been procrastinating about a lot of internet marketing things in the last few months.
Maybe I just got a little tired. My life is busy. Lots of things to do for the holiday season. I got a cold. Blah, blah, blah.
I was procrastinating (and being lazy).
If you are working as an entrepreneur (especially if you are working alone at night after your day job like I am), one of the most destructive things you can do to your productivity and to your goals is to procrastinate. Of course, everyone knows this; and it is certainly simple to say and to understand, but doing something about it is an entirely different story.
I am the poster child for procrastination.
I personally suggest that you tackle procrastination issues by making a conscious effort to determine why you have them to begin with. Figure out the cause. That's what I did.
For instance, are you procrastinating when you get bored with your work? Or do you procrastinate when you run into a snag and can’t immediately see how best to get around it. Or, is it fear of failure.
In my case, I was procrastinating because my business had become a big unconnected sprawling mess that needed to be cleaned up. Tons of half-finished projects and incomplete websites were cluttering my mind. Not sure what to do first, it was easy to do nothing late at night and just watch old NCIS reruns.
I'm still consolidating thing and killing stuff off.
Know The Cause Of Your Procrastination
Whatever your reason for procrastinating, it’s important to know the cause.
Try to focus on different strategies you can use to help with each case of procrastination you encounter. For instance, think about how you can continue plowing through your work, even if you encounter something that doesn’t allow you to do things in the order you’d prefer.
In my case, I start the week (on Sunday night) with a list of 4 tasks for each day of the week (28 total tasks for the week). Each day I work on one critical task from the three main parts of my business, and I add one “floating task” to cover other stuff.
Sometimes, just getting off the couch and getting started is all it takes.
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