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Busy Bloggers Are Underachievers

Busy Bloggers are UnderachieversBusy Bloggers Are Underachievers when they hide behind “being busy.”

Whether you are just learning your way around the blogosphere, or you’re itching to take it to the next level, it’s important to understand why “busy bloggers are underachievers.”

Here’s a little story to illustrate my point.

I don’t like exercising very much.

I don’t like it at all, hehe.

So, when my husband says “let’s go swimming” or “time for a walk,” I give him 101 reasons why I’m “too busy.”

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In the past 6 months, I’ve had a flurry of health issues.

Nothing serious, but all are red flags to make some changes.

So, finally, I bought a Garmin Vevofit Fitness Band.

First off… this is NOT a promotion or even a testimonial of any sort.

Vevofit is a “step tracker” which I’ll explain in a minute… and it’s just one of many such “fitness bands” on the market.

I just got my Vevofit 3 days ago, and here’s why.

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I keep wanting to get into a workout routine, but it never happens.

I’ve really mastered the art of procrastination on this front.

Here’s why I cannot exercise on any give day…

  • I have to do a video
  • I have to write a blog post
  • I need to go to the Post Office
  • I have to cook dinner
  • I didn’t write my daily email to my List, yet
  • I wrote my daily email, but I really should do tomorrow’s while I’m thinking of it

This is the tip of the iceberg.

Day after day, week after week and month after month goes by.

In that time, I write many emails, blog posts and cook a pile of dinners.

But my workout plan goes nowhere, and finally, I’m facing health issues.

No more procrastination.

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So, I bought the Vevofit because it’s designed to give me a daily “steps” goal.

That means that each day I’m supposed to walk a certain number of steps.

Out of the box, it gave me a goal of 7500 steps.

Everything I do is a step.

  • Walk downstairs to get a glass of water
  • Go check the mail
  • Walk the dog
  • Water the garden
  • Walk around the block for an hour

Everything I do adds to my steps.

If I’m at my computer too long, Vevofit cues me that it’s time to get up and do something.

I don’t have to, of course, but if I want to reach my goal of 7500 steps, I need to keep at it.

I don’t want to get stuck needing to walk 7000 steps just before bed simply because I was too busy to keep chipping away at my goal a little bit at time.

So, here’s the thing.

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If I’m so “busy” all day long that I don’t work diligently at achieving my long goal for the day, I won’t achieve it.

If day after day goes by that I don’t achieve my daily goals, I’ll never reach my bigger goal of improving my health through exercise.

Busy Bloggers Are Underachievers

Busy bloggers are underachievers for the same reason.

How many times have you come up with excuses as to why you’re not able to build a good list of subscribers from your blog?

And why haven’t you built that list yet?

Could it be that you’re too busy creating great content for your blog that you don’t have time to create a compelling free offer?

Is it because you don’t have time to put together and implement solid campaigns to drive traffic to your blog?

Maybe you just never got around to building a coherent and purposeful opt-in campaign on your blogsite.

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If your opt-in campaign consists of subscription forms, popup reminders, inline native prompts, squeeze pages and more… maybe you don’t have the time to learn how to put these things together?

Maybe you don’t have the funds to hire someone else to do it.

Meanwhile, if you’re unclear as to how to put together any of these kinds of campaigns, could it be that you can’t afford to hire a coach to show you the ropes, either?

So, you see, you have to busy yourself with learning how to do everything from A to Z.

Then, you might be quite busy attending webinars, going through information courses or just browsing around the internet trying to learn how to achieve your blogging goals.

So, what’s your blogging goal?

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I’m not talking about “leaving more blog comments” or “writing better blog posts” or some such thing.

Those sorts of things are not “goals”, they’re either narrowly focused tasks or learning assignments.

I’m talking about your REAL blogging goals, like achieving financial independence, or establishing top authority in your niche.

These are goals.

And there are specific “steps” you need to make sure you’re keeping up with each and every day in order to reach those goals.

You need to make yourself accountable for “walking the steps necessary to reach your blogging goals” just like I’ve challenged myself to walk 7500 steps a day to reach my health goals.

And, if you’re NOT taking those steps… implementing tasks and strategies that are specifically geared toward your goals, then you’re probably very, very busy.

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Unfortunately, you’re not achieving much at all.

Just like you need to walk the steps necessary to build a list on your blog, there are many other things you need to do to build your blog into a successful business.

If you don’t get those steps clear, and then start DOING them every day, you’ll find it very difficult to reach your blogging goals.

I know.

I coach bloggers.

I coach newbies, folks who have been at this business for a long time and everyone in between.

Almost always, when my clients are not getting the results they want (afterall, that’s why they come to me)… the problem is that they are so busy doing non-productive things don’t have the time to do the things that really matter.

I’ve learned long ago that busy bloggers are underachievers because if they were achieving solid results, they wouldn’t have to be so constantly busy.

The “busy” part of their blogging is merely a smoke screen of activity that allows them to procrastinate from doing the really critical things that would give them the results required to achieve their biggest blogging goals.

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Does it ever seem like you just keep spinning your wheels without ever getting real traction in your blogging business?

Do you agree with me that busy bloggers are underachievers?

I’d love to have your feedback in the comments below.

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I appreciate it 🙂

-Donna

Donna Merrill
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40 Responses to Busy Bloggers Are Underachievers

  1. Edward Thorpe
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    July 5, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I’m such a fan of your blog – and your sales copy, that I forgive you for writing a post about how I’m too busy to actually start working on the series of steps that could bring more public attention to my blog.

    Insightful post that really nailed a common fear of failure that’s shared by many. Thanks,
    Edward
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 5, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks so much being a fan of mine and my sales copy. I study sales copy all the time from others, especially those who have had much success. One can learn a lot just by observing. Hey thanks for the forgiveness lol.

      -Donna
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  2. Dana
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    July 5, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Just the kick I needed.

    I’ve done several of the things mentioned here, but yes, sometimes I’m still too busy “being busy.”

    You’re a fantastic coach and you keep things simple. Like your example with the Vevofit – every step counts and they all add up to something worthwhile. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just consistent.

    As a health and fitness professional, I know most people don’t like to exercise. Your example of how you’re simply making what you already do count toward a bigger goal – but you’re using a tool to make sure you stay conscious of what you’re doing and not slacking on it makes perfect sense – and it’ll be worthwhile.

    Great post as usual Donna.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 5, 2016 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Dana,

      You of all people would understand the analogy here of making every step count. You are my inspiration when it comes to health and fitness. No matter what business people are in, they must have the health and fitness aspect as a part of their lifestyle. Working alone in business needs structure. Part of that structure is taking car of ourselves.

      We have to take things one step at a time…just like changing our wellness and know there are no overnight solutions.

      -Donna
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  3. Marquita Herald
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    July 5, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Absolutely agree! When I was coaching and someone would say to me they “didn’t have time” to do the things we’d agreed would help them achieve their goals, what I heard was “it’s not important enough to me …yet”. I think we all have our weak spots, and I must confess I winced a little when I read your excuses for not exercising. Great points, thanks for the reminder!

    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      Oh that great “I don’t have time” is one thing so many of us spatter out when we procrastinate. It is so true that what you heard was “its not important enough to me …yet” So true.

      We all need to exercise for wellness as well as keeping our mind sharp for business.

      -Donna
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  4. Sherman Smith July 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I think a lot of us need that kick in the butt when it comes to being “busy business”.

    I can remember I was writing a blog post every other day, but yet I wasn’t going anywhere with it. I figured at least I have a great routine going despite the fact my traffic generation came didn’t go over a certain limit.

    When that happens, that’s when you have to question if what you can do to go over this limit and actually achieve what you really want.

    We figure we don’t have time and procrastinate from what tasks we really need to do. This is only taking away from what you really want.You start to burn out and lose hope.

    Thanks for sharing Donna! This was definitely a wake-up-call!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Sherman,

      Indeed, I need that kick in the butt all the time myself. I do believe that we all get comfortable in our “routines” and have to give ourselves a check up to see if its working like we want it to. If not, we have to change things up.

      My goodness, blogging so much and not getting a good return of sorts can be a lot of work. I can see how it can make us burn out and lose hope. I’ve been down that rabbit hole many times. But the good thing is that when I’m there…I find another answer to a problem and jump out.

      -Donna
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  5. Joy Healey
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    July 5, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You have so nailed it for me.

    I’m busy dashing from one blog to another, Facebook, Twitter, follow the course I’m doing, Premier Cashback meeting, and now I’ve been looking into video – which everyone else seems to do in 5 minutes – but I took two days (yes really) to produce 3min 24secs.

    Yet on my “to-do list” there’s three lead magnets – two out of date, and one not yet finished. But so close.

    Time for major surgery I think 🙁

    I’m afraid Twitter has been a big casualty of late, because it just seems to whizz by so fast I’m questioning how long I should be spending on it.

    And I’m even cutting down on blog commenting because, although I enjoy it it’s very time-consuming. So I’ve decided only to comment on posts I want to comment on, rather than those I feel I have to comment on. (Of course I’ll still be here lots!!!)

    Obviously I will reciprocate for anyone who leaves a meaningful comment on my blog, but when someone just says “Thanks for your post I enjoyed it”, I find it quite hard to say “Thank you for thanking me I’m glad you enjoyed it”. Am I being grumpy when I say I’d rather they didn’t bother? Probably. In which case…. Sorry – I’m feeling a little grumpy at the moment after a very frustrating few days!!

    Which I suppose is the point. I’m grumpy because I’m being really busy, but not achieving meaningful stuff.

    So I will take your very wise words, Donna, as permission to cut down on a lot of “busy work” and finally get these lead magnets sorted. (And having managed a PowerPoint video, at enormous expense of time, I’d better do one or two more before I forget how.)

    Running a part-time blogging business, I need to be much more selective about how I spend my time.

    WIll keep you posted 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Joy,

      There will always be that “busy work” but we need to focus on those lead magnets and marketing part of our business first. If we are too busy for our “busy work” then we have to let some of it go.

      It is all about giving ourselves permission to let things go. BTW if someone says a one liner on your blog comment section…maybe it’s time to trash that comment so you don’t have to waste your time.

      Have you ever noticed a one liner here? I don’t allow it unless someone is new that I know. Then I will get in touch with them and tell them why they didn’t show up on my blog.

      Just write a short document then copy and paste it to the individual. Some will put “blog commenting rules” on their blog right before the comment section and that is a heck of a good idea too. Whichever you choose, once you have done that, it makes the reciprocation part of blogging easer.

      I was just reading your latest blog and love that power point video. I have to thank you for that and for the link to the gal who has done it. I have do some re-purposing myself and was just thinking of how to do that then voila..it was there on your blog!

      -Donna
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  6. Ravi Chahar
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    July 6, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Hey Donna,

    While handling a blog, people remain busy. And for them, who are part-time bloggers. It’s more complicated to maintain the proportion between all the things.

    Busy bloggers maybe underachievers due to their busy schedule. they concentrate upon their work and forget about anything else. It’s kind of dangerous.

    They should live their life and remain healthy. Though work is always an important issue. But still, there are many things to do in our life.

    The blogging goals should be clear and effective.
    Glad to read the article.
    Have a great week ahead.:)
    ~Ravi
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Ravi,

      You said it – The blogging goals should be clear and effective! For part time bloggers it is more difficult because of less time. I’ve seen some of them achieve higher goals than full time bloggers because they focus on effectiveness. They don’t waste time and energy on things that keep them busy rather than productive.

      -Donna
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  7. Saurav Kumar Nayak
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    July 6, 2016 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Donna,
    Glad to read your post!
    I have also the same nature of procrastinate the things. We all have this behaviour of procrastinate the things which we think are less important like fitness, family, adventure etc. We are concentrating on the big ideas which give us return.
    We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting those all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them.
    Small things in our life matters a lot. These things give us happiness & pleasure, it reduces our stress.
    Also we have one life so we must live it, enjoy it and don’t let other people distract from your path.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    With regards,
    Saurav
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

      Hi Surav,

      When we consider all the things that we must pay attention to every day and have our own business to run, it can get quite confusing.

      Indeed, we cannot hold on to negative things because it will only cause us stress. For me it is easy to do, but I had to learn it.

      Once we are on our path, we have to prioritize and not waste our time on the many things that can distract us from our initial goal and happiness.

      -Donna
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  8. Enstine Muki
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    July 6, 2016 at 3:48 am #

    Donna,
    I think this is one blog post every blogger should read. We don’t know the difference between goals and the means to achieving those golds.

    Publishing ‘epic’ blog posts is not a gold. The question should be what we get from those posts. Getting busy with those posts, comments, etc and not getting desired results may be a waste.

    Maybe the problem is that we don’t even have the goals. We should begin from there 😉

    Ah! I bought a pair of sport shoes about 2 weeks ago but have used it a few times. The way you describe that Vevofit makes it attractive. Will surely check that out on Amazon

    Off to sharing, my dear friend
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Enstine,

      Goals are so important to have. Many times we get so “busy” as bloggers we can loose sight of what we really set out to do. I have to actually remind myself by having it on paper in my office so that I can focus. I too can get carried away and get busy lol. But that gets us nowhere. It is why I wanted to share this aspect of blogging with others.

      So you have a new pair of shoes and they are only worn a few times? Yep I too and now I’m wearing them out because of that Vevofit. I chose the basic one for counting steps. I started with the Fit Bit, but changed it because it had all kinds of bells and whistles I didn’t need. It was also pretty expensive. I realized I only wanted to track steps and get reinforced to be walking so I got this one from Amazon (I’m not an affiliate at all) and it costs one third of the price.

      -Donna
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  9. Lisa Sicard
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    July 6, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Hi Donna, love it! Just like taking the first step, the rest are easier once the first step is taken. I too have done that and still do. Other things I need to do and left blogging to the last thing on the list and wonder why I haven’t written a new post in a while.
    Being busy and getting things done are 2 different things and sometimes we don’t see it. Thanks for claryifing it and making us see it Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Sometimes I find myself late Sunday night thinking …heck it’s Monday tomorrow and I want to have a blog post ready to go. The feeling was overwhelming. So now I make sure I get ahead of myself. I can turn into an emotional wreck if I don’t have my ducks in a row.

      I can be busy…or I can be productive. My mindset is on productivity even when I cook dinner (just starting a Paleo diet and need to spend more time in the kitchen) or exercising (a promise I’ve made to myself last month) As long as I focus on what is important, that dreaded feeling never pops up.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      -Donna
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  10. Nikhil
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    July 6, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    Hey donna,
    You are right. Procrastination for the essential activities of the blogging is common in many bloggers. I also pass through the same situation many times.

    We must be accountable for our daily activities. Blogging is for having wisdom in life. But it’s only possible when we take the right steps at the right time. We are lucky to have such amazing posts that encourage us to take the right steps.

    WE always set goals and try to achieve them.

    Thank you Donna
    Nikhil
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Hi Nikhil,

      Nice to see you here. Indeed, we have to be accountable for all our daily activities. When we have a blog/business to run, we have to make sure we are not wasting time being “busy” with things that won’t make our business prosper.

      We have to set our goals and try to achieve them the best possible way we can.

      -Donna
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  11. Stella Chiu
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    July 6, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Hi, Donna

    We all need this post to find out whether each activity is essential or just useless non-productive action.

    Each of us has 24 hours, but most of us are victims of “business” in doing non-productive things which don’t allow us to have the time to do the things that really matter to reach our goals.

    When I first started, I was too concentrate on content but procrastinate in setting up goal, marketing, and building the e-mail list. Now I have to catch up with the lost time.

    Insightful post that really nailed a common mistake that they all do.

    Thanks!

    Stella Chiu
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

      Hi Stella,

      We all have been there and I too am guilty as charged. This is why I just had to write about it.

      Temptation is always at hand for me to go off my schedule, especially now that Summer is here. I have added exercise and a new wellness diet to my day and it does take time.

      It’s not so easy but we have to practice discipline. I find the more that I do that, the better I feel.

      -Donna
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  12. Freddy Junior
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    July 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    I love your blog post here! 🙂

    I hope you are taking your fitness a lot more serious these days. You have the ability to do so. Just wanted to tell you that.

    I totally agree with you about “being busy” doesn’t necessarily means getting things done.

    There is a difference between being “busy” and “being productive”.

    You can be busy with anything. You can be scrolling through your Facebook’s Newsfeed for hours – or watching video tutorial after video tutorial. This is a way of “keeping busy” online.

    Now, being Productive is another story.

    As you mentioned, you have to be willing to take little steps forward, no matter what. If you are having a hard time staying productive, then taking little steps forward at a time helps.

    I think we all have experienced something like this online – at some point, right?

    I know I have.

    At the beginning of my blogging journey I was that “busy” guy who was always busy but never really got far with his blog. It sucks to be that person!!

    Thanks for sharing your tips on this, Donna. This will help a lot of newbies online!

    Keep up the great work!

    Have a fantastic week! 😀

    • Donna Merrill
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      July 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Freddy,

      I too was the busy “gal” when I first started blogging. I thought that was it…the end all – just blog. HA…I had to learn the hard way.

      But by taking those baby steps and learning how to be busy being productive rather than screwing around on Facebook did give me the discipline I needed. It is a journey isn’t it?

      And yes…I have been into getting fit. It is strange to me because I never had a problem with weight or health issues. This year the universe kicked me in the butt. But I took hold of it and am taking those baby steps. Although it has been a short time, it is working well.

      I know I won’t quit because I want my body back! 🙂

      -Donna
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  13. Jasper Oldersom
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    July 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You speak the truth and you can’t judge that…

    Yep, it stings a little, because I too am guilty of being busy! 😉

    I have also fallen into the trap you talked about, except the other way around.

    “I can’t write today because I have to work out this evening”

    “I can’t write for my blog because I already wrote a post for someone today”

    If only we spent the time coming up with inventive excuses on doing what we should do, right?

    I just finished cooking up a post on the resistance that you talked about. It comes with doing the hard but meaningful work. I have it scheduled for later this month.

    To be a successful blogger, you need to master these important principles you talk about so often.

    That’s why I love your blog, Donna. It’s no fluff, it’s the real deal. 😉

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    – Jasper
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

      Hi Jasper,

      Thank you so much for your compliment I do appreciate it.

      I fall into a similar trap too….I can’t write my blog because I have to write emails first…hey after all that’s where the real deal is. Oh yea then I have written two blog posts for interviews so I don’t have the time to write my own. Now I’m down a rabbit hole. I don’t like it down there.

      So I flipped the script. Disciplined myself. But hey, I’m not a robot and will goof off because it’s Summer and I live by the beach. Temptation gets me at times lol.

      -Donna
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  14. Corina Ramos
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    July 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow – this was the kick in the pants I needed. I come up with hundreds of reasons why I’m too busy to do something. I need to work on that.

    I’ve been feeling like this for the past couple of months. My blogging schedule has changed and now that I have less time to blog, I really need to shift my focus to the tasks I need to do that’ll take my blog to the next level. I feel like I’m in limbo right now.

    I’m sorry you’ve had some health issues – glad it’s not serious and happy you’re nipping it in the bud now. I wish you all the best and good health my dear!

    Thanks for this straight-forward post. We all need a reminder at times.

    Hope you’re having a great week.

    Cori
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi Cori,

      I just read your latest blog and understand that you have so much on your plate right now. But as you mentioned, organization can help.

      We all get into that ten thousand reasons why I can’t_________ Fill in the blank. But once we look in the mirror and take hold of ourselves we can overcome it.

      Your blogging schedule has changed, but we are all there! You do have a lot of support so lean on us. Once you shift your focus on what is important, you can segment your time. I had the most excuses why I couldn’t exercise…I mean after all I have no time. But without that, I would be crumbling. So I found the time and do enjoy it.

      If you need me…I’m here…please know that.

      -Donna
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  15. Kim Willis
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    July 7, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I think all of us at some point waste time on ‘busywork’. Sometimes it’s ok to do it, but when we lose sight of our goal (to build a business that makes money), a change is required.

    As you have suggested perhaps some people spend too much time creating content and not enough time on promoting it and doing all the extra things that are needed to build a business (eg list building)

    Although my blog/s represent my marketing hub it doesn’t mean that all of my time is spent on my blog. Far from it. I spend far more time cultivating people one on one (direct chats on Twitter and FB, plus phone time) and in groups (broadcast emails or social media posts) than I do on my blog.

    Maybe some bloggers need to step back a bit and look at the big picture. Perhaps they’ll even stop calling themselves bloggers, and use the phrase ‘business owner’ instead.

    Just my 2 cents worth

    Lovely post as always, Donna

    Kim
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks so much for your great input. It is so true…lots of bloggers get stuck with their blog and nothing more. I too spend more time cultivating others to join me in my business than I ever do on my blog.

      We have to get out there and know our blog is part of our marketing strategy. Indeed, it is a good time for some bloggers to step back and look at the big picture. I like the way you put it when you wrote: ” Perhaps they’ll even stop calling themselves bloggers, and use the phrase ‘business owner’ instead.”

      -Donna
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  16. Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    July 7, 2016 at 12:14 am #

    Donna,

    You are so right that being a busy blogger, busy keeping up on the internet, busy checking emails, busy writing the next blog post, can lead to not actually accomplishing anything but a collection of blogs. And they may be some interesting and compelling blog posts.

    We need to have our goals in mind and continue to take steps toward achieving those goals.
    As a former professor of health and physical education, my health has always been a high priority – or so I thought. But then I got so busy, I was careless about my eating. I have continued to work out at my health club consistently, but not as strenuously as I used to. and I have spent way too many hours sitting at the computer, which they now call “the new smoking” because it is that unhealthy for our bodies.

    The problem is, along the way toward our goals we need to learn a lot. So watching webinars, taking trainings, studying, practicing and executing are all part of the process. But there has to come a point when we are implementing what we learned.

    My 30 Day Love Challenge course and my recent Sexual Reawakening summit have allowed me to finally put together so much of what I have learned and apply it directly toward specific goals. Both were successful. But something had to give – and it was not going to be my workouts. So, I have not written a new blog post for about 2 months now, because my project took precedence over everything else. Although I feel so alive and energized while in the midst of a creative project, I also know I cannot continually be operating at that high level of intensity. It is so refreshing to take a complete break, rejuvenate, and then get back into all that busy ness.

    Warmly,

    Erica

    • Donna Merrill
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      July 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Erica,

      Thank you so much for adding this to the conversation. I know how that “new smoking” can be sitting in front of our computers all day long. I have seen the negative results myself and now back to better eating and exercising.

      We need to prioritize and our health does come first. If we are not healthy, we will have not business at all. Then our blogging status. We can pull back when we are working on a project. As long as we tell our readers what we are doing, they have a funny way of understanding that.

      I’ve seen bloggers go on extensive “vacations” or “time outs” and come back full force. Whatever we set out to do, we need to put the most important thing first and then the rest will flow.

      -Donna
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  17. Karan Bhagat
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    July 7, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I liked this post and it excited me twice, first when I read the title and second when I read the beginning of your post where you mentioned about exercise and blamed your busyness for not being able to achieve your health goals.

    I am a fitness freak and I start feeling odd when I don’t see dumbbells for too long. I too had set up a health goal for myself and that was “getting over this skinny image” I was too skinny, I had to do it and did it.

    It was quite difficult for me as I had to balance my college, blogging and gymming all together since I was living away from my family so couldn’t get homefood.

    And today I can proudly say that I did it 😉

    Now since my college is over, so I added 3 more websites to my network, again the time problem, so now I have decided to visit the gym on alternate days.

    Talking about being busy then most of the bloggers waste a lot of their time checking out others website’s traffic, they don’t even realize how many hours are wasted in this.

    It was really nice reading your post and please take care of your health, nothing is more important than that.

    Best Regards,
    Karan

  18. Donna Merrill
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    July 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi Karan,

    It is good to know my title grabbed your attention. I do try to use titles that do that and it is great to hear some feedback.

    Without our health we can never do anything. I too was skinny my whole life. People said I was “lucky” but I didn’t feel that way.

    Then, all of a sudden this year I gained weight. Out went all my clothes to Goodwill and it did cost money to purchase brand new ones. But enough is enough and I had to take control of it all. When we listen to our bodies, we learn so much.

    I realized being a vegetarian for most of my life, I was missing fats that were good for my brain and ended up depressed. Hmmm….the doctors never told me that one lol. But in hindsight, I can see I needed to change.

    I’m taking things one step at a time and not dieting, but changing a lifestyle of different foods and exercise. I’m being productive because I stopped using the excuse of “I have no time to go to the gym” he he he

    Now I made the time and can run my business better than ever.

    I am so glad you enjoyed this post.

    -Donna
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  19. Ben
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    July 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Donna. Congratulations on moving forward with your fitness goals.

    You are absolutely right about coming up with excuses to procrastinate. I think every one is guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes it’s just easier to stick to your normal routine. For me, I usually have a pile of little tasks and one big task I want to get done each day. It is so easy to tell myself that I’ll get to that big task after I get just one more of those little ones done. Next thing you know it’s dark outside and that big task hasn’t been started yet. If the big task is important then I make it a point to get started on it first thing after I wake up. It’s just easier to get it done.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 10, 2016 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Ben,

      I’m trying with those fitness and wellness goals of mine.

      If we procrastinate on our tasks, it ends up like you mention…before you know it it’s dark outside.

      This is why I like to “Eat the Frog” – Do the most important task first. Even though it seems so huge at first, when accomplished, it is such a relief and those little things I need to do go by so quickly.

      -Donna
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  20. Mandy Allen
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    July 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Oh, I’m great at the non productive things!! Now I have recognised that though I can use those as rewards for being productive. So every day I have a list of tasks to accomplish and the other stuff is not on the cards until I have completed my list, then they come as a reward. And I have a fitness app, keeps me in check and gives me targets each day. Brilliant little thing.

    Enjoy the journey!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      July 11, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Hi Mandy.

      That fitness app is amazing. It super-charges us in a way we can compete with ourselves. That’s the competition I like lol.

      The same can apply with our business. Time is so important and once we are organized, and take time for our wellness, we can do just about anything we set out to.

      -Donna
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  21. ikechi
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    July 18, 2016 at 4:05 am #

    Hi Donna

    I am guilty and thanks for showing this to me. No more excuses because this does not help in growth. Love your insights on this post and thank you for sharing. Take care and have a wonderful week.

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