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Procrastination

ProcrastinationThe definition of “procrastination,” according to Wikipedia is this:

“In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time.”  

Procrastination occurs frequently in the internet marketing world.  We start with a well-intentioned and clear enough goal, but get off our track chasing “shiny new objects”, or contorting ourselves to get through new learning curves that come along with new projects we almost carelessly jump (maybe “fall”) into.  So many things that capture our interest, actually defeat our main purpose… to achieve our goals.  

Brian Tracey talks about “Eating the Frog,” by which he means developing a habit of completing your most important, but often least desirable tasks first. You may have all your tasks set up in a neat row, but avoid accomplishing the major one you most need to complete.  

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Say that you are working on an ebook.  

Perhaps it never gets done because rather than sitting at the keyboard and actually writing, you divert your attention to more enticing tasks.  You might first check your email, your blog, and all your immediate social sites.  By the time you’ve done all that, you have lost the energy and mindset required to put hours into your major task of writing your ebook.  

What Brian Tracey talks about is developing this as a habit, so you can avoid procrastinating.

I find that in Internet Marketing, many of us fail to eat the frog.  

Even as I preach the pitfalls of procrastination, I find myself floundering some days with very good excuses that I’m pretty good at devising.  We all tend to want to clear out “stuff” BEFORE we get to the nitty gritty of our golden tasks.  

And that, my friends, is a big mistake!  It is the chief tactic of the master procrastinator.

To avoid this, I would suggest that you write down a list.  

1. My goal.  What I decide to accomplish. An example: create an ebook product for sale or free offer.

2. My task. This breaks down into many sub-tasks, of course, but the main one is to write the ebook.

3. My deadline.  Figure out realistically how much time you will need to create the finished product (the ebook in this case).

4.  My strategy. Write down all the things you will need to do in order to achieve your goal. Using the example of an ebook, you will want to make time for research, develop topics and sub-topics, decide how much you want to write on each topic, and the overall length of the finished ebook.

5. Do It

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This is just one example of how “eating the frog” can help you overcome procrastination.  

And don’t feel like you are alone.  

Most of us procrastinate.  

We are not machines.  We may have our DMO (Daily Method of Operation) all set in place and intend to follow it well.  But somehow, we slide off the track. 

Sometimes life issues get in our way.  Sometimes we are called in to do a webinar with someone and have to drop everything we had intended to do that day. 

Sometimes we’re just tired, and allow ourselves to find more pleasurable outlets than staying on task. There are so many “good” reasons to digress.  

I find that for the majority of internet marketers that I consult with, procrastination is prevalent and truly destructive.  

I’ve that there are specific techniques and methods we can employ to dig deep and beat the procrastination trap. 

I know because I was once a hopeless procrastinator myself.  I was determined to undergo the brain shift necessary to develop what I call a “breakthrough mindset” so I could overcome procrastination and succeed in my online business. 

It was like a breath of fresh air when I came to realize that I could actually accomplish SO much that I never thought I could, simply by overcoming deeply ingrained habits that feed procrastination.

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I really hope this will help you to make your own mind-shift breakthroughs, and overcome procrastination once and for all.

Let me know what you think of this. 

I’d love to get your feedback.

Is your business suffering because of your habitual procrastination?

Just leave your comment below.

Blessings,
Donna  

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Donna Merrill
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52 Responses to Procrastination

  1. Mayura
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    May 23, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This applies to me 😉 (It’s a secret) I thought it’s only few including me or because I’m tired. May be that’s another fact too. But now I get it.

    When it comes to my blog I have few posts still in the draft where I didn’t complete, because I’ve got more new topics and considered they are more important than what I was working on. Sometimes I get queries asking for help from my readers on my blog and absolutely I go help them as I don’t wanna wait them long for a reply.

    Setting deadline is a must and else we never go for it. Right? However that’s me 😉 Sometimes we have to face unpredictable high priorities in the middle of such processes. I think we should be flexible enough to adopt with changes and adjust our deadline in such scenarios. That’s where change management comes. no? 🙂 So deadlines should be not strict, as I guess.

    Thanks for sharing your tips and specially for coming up with this topic dear. It’s like you’ve read my mind and found what I was aware of 😉

    Cheers…
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      Hi Mayura, considering the fact that you have blogs in the making and are choosing other ones that you think are more important…Stop! I would suggest that you finish those posts and put them on a document. Then shoot out those posts as many times as you usually do. At least you have information that you can share.
      Blog posts can be informational, or just plain fun. It’s good to mix it up. So..stop procrastinating and just “do it”
      Blessings,
      Donna
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      • Mayura
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        May 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

        Ha ha 😀 Thanks Donna… Now I’m back to track with it. I’ve made a list of posts I have in draft and I’m covering ’em. Now I’m appending “Done” for them one by one. Wow… I’m in a real challenge 😉

        Taking your advice into action is best thing I can do after reading your posts, right? I’m doing it… Thanks to you… 🙂

        Cheers…
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  2. Lisa
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    May 23, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I just love #5. So many do 1-4 and not #5. My problem is I put too much on my plate and can burn out. I have to step back and set up more realistic goals and tasks or give myself a longer deadline. There is just so much I want to do in a 24 hour period. (At my day job I see lots of procrastination and things get put on the back burner. Hard to watch but I have no control there.) I just love checking things off that to do list. Nice piece Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Number 5 is easier said than done to some people Lisa! I too had put too much on my plate and had to come to a complete STOP! This meant saying No to so many offers. I had to create my DMO (Daily Method of Operation) and stick to it.
      I wrote about Procrastination because I see too many great people out here not accomplishing things. They get lost and flounder or like in your case, have too much on their plate.
      So I developed a series of videos with little tricks of the trade to stop procrastinating and JUST DO IT!
      Cheers,
      Donna
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  3. Anne Perez May 23, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Procrastination is one of the most common reasons for failure. Good intentions are great but without taking action nothing will happen. in addition to your valuable tips Donna I have started working in 13 week increments. I have a chart that outlines what I want to accomplish in the next 13 weeks and that becomes my focus. I write down on the chart what needs to be accomplished at a minimum each day and I’ve learned not to set myself too many tasks which simply sets one up for failure. 13 weeks is a chunk of time that I find enough to get some huge projects done but not too long to lose interest. thanks for sharing Donna

    • Donna Merrill
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      May 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi Anne, what a great idea! Without those increments, you can easily go astray! Sticking to your plan is so important. You my dear are taking the necessary action one must do. Thank you for sharing it
      Donna
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  4. Oliver Tausend May 23, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Hi Donna,

    thanks for sharing your insights about procrastination. It can be a silent killer. However, there’s good procrastination and bad procrastination. Isn’t it a good thing to procrastinate eating that donut or watching that TV show ? Of course, it’s bad to procrastinate activities that are supposed to make our businesses and lives better.

    The main problem I see escpecially in the internet arena is that we can procrastinate important by being uber-busy with minor important tasks – procrastination by busy-ness or distractions !

    I second you on your advice and the simple steps you outline. It means getting clarity and clarity is power !

    Be blessed

    Oliver

    • Donna Merrill
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      May 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi Oliver! I agree, clarity is power! It all starts there. I find that the topic of procrastinating is common in the Online Marketplace. This is why I made the series on my blog.
      I wanted to teach people how to focus and how to breakthrough that procrastination!
      Cheers,
      Donna
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  5. Kevin DeRoo May 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Loved your article on procrastination. I agree 100 percent that all of us are guilty of procrastination at one point or another. Even though I preach the dangers of procrastination to my students I too sometimes fall to it’s faceless power.

    I’m a huge Brian Tracy fan as well and love his “eating the frog” analogy. Your 5 steps above to help reduce procrastination are bang on. I also like to tell my students to do the “income producing” tasks first before moving on to tasks that do not produce immediate income.

    Again, excellent article Donna, thanks for sharing it with us.

    Kevin
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      So on point Kevin. We do have to do our “income producing” tasks first. Eat that frog! He he… But so may people get really stuck in procrastination. That’s why I chose to make that opt in on my blog. That go-giving thing that we do!
      Thanks for visiting Kevin,
      Donna
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  6. Theuns May 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi Donna

    Yes I agree with you , and this a a great blog on procrastination.

    We all fall in this habit, What do help me is Gavin’s Results
    Machine I us it now every day when i work online and it help me a lot to say focus.

    Regards
    Theuns
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Hello Theuns! I am glad to see that you are using Gavin’s Results Machine! That is a great way to apply focus to your life. Gavin Rocks!
      Talk to you soon,
      Donna
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  7. Lynn Brown May 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Oh that word is always creeping into our days, isn’t it? You put together a wonderful reminder and a great check list Donna! For me I try to stick to a schedule each day. But of course there are always things that seem to derail you. Again, procrastination or just life?!

    I do think those that make excuses for not following a schedule is certainly grounds for procrastination. But if you are trying and sticking to a plan, once that unforeseen phone call or client that throws a kink into your day — the true test is if you can get back on course without throwing in the towel.

    Loved your thoughts and advice on this Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Absolutely Lynn! When things come up, it is not procrastination. As long as we follow our schedule, and know things will come up that’s OK. Some people Procrastinate so much that they never get things done on time and it causes stress.
      When things come up (and they do every day), as long as I’m not stressed about it I’m fine. We do need to leave room for life!
      You happen to be a savvy businesswoman, so you certainly have it down my friend.
      Donna
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  8. Stacy May 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I’ve found that email is my biggest distraction. The days when I don’t open my email until later in the day are my most productive days. I think that emails make it easy to get distracted with things that aren’t important. When I check my email later in the day I am more aware of how little time I have. I am able to focus on what needs my attention and ignore the rest.

    It really is amazing what a difference that one step makes! It reminds me of the analogies of the rocks. If you don’t put the large rocks into the jar first they will never fit once the little ones are in there.

    Stacy

    • Donna Merrill
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      May 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      Hey Stacy, Love that analogy! I used to do the same thing: open my emails first. Now I deal with them later in the day. That may sound like a small step, but in the scheme of things it’s a biggie! I’ve done that with my Social Media Platforms also. I have certain times a day that I visit them.

      Being on Social Media most of the time require lots of work, but I have to crunch it. I do Eat the Frog the first thing in the morning.

      I have so many clients that Procrastinate, and I found it an important subject to shout out. But of course, they are mainly newbies and you know how confusing things can get when you first start marketing on the internet.
      Cheers,
      Donna
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  9. Steve Vernon May 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    OUCH! You hit me right where it hurts with this one, Donna! I promise, I’m going to stop procrastinating starting tomorrow! <<>>

    Seriously . . . you are absolutely right on every point here, and procrastination is, indeed, one of the most destructive things so many of us do regarding our businesses. I’m particularly guilty of starting with getting all the little stuff out of the way that I think won’t take that long. Next thing I know, half the day is gone and I haven’t started on the main task at hand. I’ve subscribed to your seven videos, and I didn’t even procrastinate in watching the first one! Thanks! Now I need to get out and buy the journal.

    • Donna Merrill
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      May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Steve! I know, I used to be the queen of procrastination myself. So I had to find the How To, apply it to my life and then share it with my peeps! It worked for me that’s why I had to pass it on to others.
      It does take a while to incorporate to your lifestyle, but it feels so much better when you do.
      Thanks Steve
      Donna
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  10. Sylviane Nuccio May 24, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This post is right up my alley. Yes, we all procrastinate, even the ones who teach others how not to, and write about procrastination.

    In my case, sometimes, doing less important things rather the ones I’ve got to do is like “comfort food”. By this I mean like some people would go to the fridge and eat that piece of cake even though they shouldn’t, I’d go on YouTube and listen to my favorite French song, for example.

    In the end at least I won’t get fat 🙂 but that still puts me behind.

    I think the best remedy against procrastination is as you mentioned getting new habits and stick to them as much as possible. Write down the tasks for the day and check them out as you go. Only when it’s all checked out you are free to do what ever floats your boat.

    Thanks for this great post, Donna 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks Sylviane!
      I like your analogy! We all get side-tracked and sometimes we need to listen to a song, or play a game online, to re-focus. As long as we don’t cross that line where we cannot get things done, we are O.K.

      When we get to the point of that nagging feeling of knowing our goal just keeps getting pushed aside, that is where we need to focus on our procrastination.

      Thanks always,
      Donna
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  11. Annie Andre May 24, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    But Donna,
    havn’t you heard????
    If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done?

    I’m usually pretty good about NOT procrastinating but lately i’ve had so much on my plate that i get overwhelmed and rather than focusing on one task and one chunk at a time i try to do too much and nothing gets done..

    Pracrastination just kind of creeps up on you. You think you are being productive but in fact you are stalling with other little tasks..

    A little trick i used to do to keep me on track is this..
    At night before i go to bed, i write down 3 things (the power of three) i need to accomplish the next day. Then the next morning my mind sets into great and i start completing the tasks. Then as i tick them off my list, i feel this sense of gratification. For some reason, it doesn’t work unless i write them down and then stick them on my monitor first thing when i wake up. It’s like i’m faking myself out. If that’s even possible..

    LOL
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      Awesome tip Annie! Thanks for sharing it. I love the feeling of ticking things off my list. It’s empowering isn’t it?
      I find that writing things down work. Call it accountability to yourself, or a magic wand, it works!
      I find that when I write things down it relieves the “post-its” in my head. Doing it the night before is a great idea! I’m going to try that. I usually write my “troubles” down before I go to sleep so it is out of my mind and I can sleep well.
      This is great….I love it and will keep you posted of how it works.
      Donna
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  12. Carol Lynn May 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Donna, I love “eat the frog” and it’s the one thing that helps me keep going even when I really just want to check my email or my Facebook page or whatever else. It’s so great because you can pick that one horrible thing and DO IT and then it’s done and you feel so great about it.

    I’m a big planner. I like to think things through, write everything down, organize, optimize, plan… I can plan myself right into next week but that doesn’t mean anything is getting done. Your #5 is the biggest thing for me – just do it. I remind myself of that every day. Stop thinking and planning, enough already – GO.

    My daily mantra is pretty much exactly what you said: “Eat that frog. Do it.”

    For me it also helps to think of what I want “out of my life” so to speak. For example, when I wake up tomorrow morning, what do I want to be GONE so I don’t have to think about it or worry about it any more? Those are usually the frogs so I tackle them.

    The other horrible thing about procrastination is that it makes things seem a lot bigger and harder than they really are. When you put off a project it grows and grows in your mind until it becomes a huge burden. But often when you do it, you find it’s not much at all, it’s only your perception.

    Thanks for this kick in the pants, guess I’d better go do something now 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      Awesome Carol!
      I see you have incorporated Eating that Frog! Once we practice that, life is a little easier. I find I have more time when I do that.

      And yes, so true what you said about procrastination. It does make things seem bigger and harder than they really are. I call it a nagging post-it in the mind. It is always there lingering. Once we tackle it, we do find that it wasn’t bad at all.

      Thanks for your great comment,
      Donna
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  13. Adrienne
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    May 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    I’m not going to lie to you and say I never procrastinate but to me it’s just putting things off you really just don’t want to do. I’ve been guilty of that a time or two or maybe three or four. lol…

    But I write down everyday what I need to do and I just do it. I check it off after it’s completed. Now I might have a very busy day and I’m not able to accomplish everything but that’s mainly due to time restraints. I make sure it’s done the following day.

    It does make me mad though when people say they’re going to do something but they don’t. That’s why I try my best to not be that way. But, I have my moments.

    Great post but I don’t expect anything less from you young lady. Hell, I’m still stuck on that fear post you wrote. 😉
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      Ha Ha Adrienne, I love the comment! Because you do have a heavy work load, I can plainly see how much you get accomplished during your day just from your blog!
      Isn’t it a great feeling to check things off? At least you have that mindset that you will do the rest tomorrow. Some don’t and it causes great stress. When that happens, they get into the procrastination game or just quit.
      As a coach, I don’t like to see that happen. That’s why I created this opt in!
      Thanks for visiting my friend.
      Donna
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  14. Terry Conti May 25, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Procrastination gets to everyone in one degree to another. We all do it and it is a poison to anything we want to get done be it in our Internet marketing business or life in general.

    Discipline kills procrastination. Discipline is the energy used to take action to do something that needs to be done with out giving your self rational (to a certain point of course) and even irrational excuses.

    We must be reasonable of course but we can’t start looking for excuses in order to avoid doing something that needs to get done. Key word there being Avoid.

    We, our minds will play these tricks on us and we must be intelligent enough to know how to take our business and even life in general seriously and avoid procrastination.

    It all stands within reason,

    Terry Conti
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    • Donna Merrill
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      Very true Terry,

      But we have to take into consideration the “overwhelm” effect many people are dealing with. Not everyone can recognize their excuses like you have said above. That’s the important factor in the scheme of things.

      I was inspired to write this because I wanted to give people who tend to procrastinate an uplift, so they can deal with things in a time-sensitive way to prevent overwhelm.
      Thanks for your input.
      Donna
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  15. Anne May 25, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Inspiring article, Donna. About 6 months ago I made a blogging/online list. I made time on it for social networking. When this time is up, regardless of ‘where’ I am in discussions etc. I leave and do the next thing on the timetable.

    This has helped me to focus on all the sites I want to spend time on – equally. It has also made a great impact on the work I actually get done. My writing time is used for that. My repairing old blog posts time is used there and creating blog posts don’t get neglected because I’m spending too much time on Facebook. This was one of the best things I did – production-wise.

    I’ve even got time on it to spend building links, looking for new projects, etc.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 27, 2012 at 5:02 am #

      Awesome Anne! So many people get lost on Facebook and other social sites. I am glad to hear that you have made a schedule for yourself to overcome that.

      Production is what we need to focus on. We have to keep balanced in this market. I’m glad you reached that point.

      Donna
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  16. Patricia Gozlan May 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    This is a great article on procrastination! Fortunately this is something I can control in the sense that I tend to have the o pposite problem
    I am too fast closing matters by the fear of not doing them all.
    The result is that my body hurts if I do not listen to it!
    There is always a midpoint between trying ot “eat the whole elefant” in one shot and not eating it at all finding excuses!

    What if we just just try to procrastinate the fact of procrastinating? ;))
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 27, 2012 at 5:09 am #

      Hi Patricia,
      I used to be that way too. I was taking it all on and eating an elephant too. It is exhausting and can make your body hurt. I had to practice how to “let go” of things and ease up a bit.
      Believe me, it took a lot of practice. Now those little things around me don’t bother me at all.
      I feel balanced 🙂
      -Donna
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  17. Michael May 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    This is so true, Donna. The number of times I have started out on a journey or project of some kind and realized after a while that I am not there – because “I simply stopped walking.”

    Then of course, I would be irritated that I was not at my destination yet,even though “I simply stopped walking.”

    Thank you for sharing this with us, it is in fact exactly what I needed to hear today. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      Michael, I find it happens to all of us, weather we admit it or not. We have our DMO all figured out, we do what we must, and we may even eat that frog! But when push comes to shove, we do have times where we procrastinate.

      This is why I find this topic important because it is all part of being a Solopreneur. We have to do so many things, and sometimes have to trade one thing that is important with another.

      I’ve been though procrastination “training” and as to the why we do so, thereby passing on any information I have learned and applied myself.
      Donna
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  18. Ken Pickard May 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Donna,

    Goal, Task, deadline. All easy to do and easy not to do. These great tips are spot on when it comes to getting after that “procrastination beast” I also like to add that I’m writing a few notes around each task I wish to complete.

    As I write my list, with these little memory joggers I’m actually starting to want to complete the task. I’m often looking forward to completing the set goal and anxiously moving to the next.

    Another thing I do is try to lump certain activities together. It helps to keep the mind engaged in a frame of reference that way.

    Thanks for the great strategy and tips!

    Ken Pickard
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

      Writing that list is so important Ken. It keeps what I call the “post-its” in your mind clear. With clarity, you can review your ideas and goals and check them off as they are completed.

      Yes Procrastination is a beast. So much so, that sometimes we don’t even realize we are procrastinating. It is something to keep in mind when we start dropping one goal for another.
      Donna
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  19. Dr. Bob Clarke May 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey Donna — what a great idea for a video series. As soon as I’m done commenting I will go up and grab it!

    I’m so glad that you said that everyone procrastinates, because we do! I pride myself on managing my time and being productive, but at least once every week (or more!) I find myself procrastinating about doing something that would be good for my business.

    At least for me, it’s almost always a result of Fear. Fear of doing something new, fear of not doing it right, etc. I have always found that just the process of starting gets me through alot of that fear.

    Can’t wait for your videos!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      Hey Bob, glad to see you opt-in to the series. It will help. Funny you should talk about fear. I wrote about it in my last post. It was well received and taken to a Google+ hangout by Ileane Smith.

      Thanks again,
      Donna
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  20. Harleena Singh
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    May 28, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    Wonderful post Donna!

    Most of us DO procrastinate, and I am one of them too! I think we tend to easily get distracted if we don’t set goals, deadlines, and reminders for ourselves. Loved all the tips you shared, the best being the last one – DO IT, which is something that we fail doing!

    It took me a long time to set my routine with a full house, kids, and family to manage. But now, when I know what needs to be done first and what’s priority, everything falls into place, and I am able to do things more efficiently than when it’s kept aside for later and keeps piling up.

    Thanks for sharing, as this sure is a wonderful reminder to recognize what’s priority and get down to do that first, before you really exhaust yourself doing other tasks that aren’t that important. 🙂

    • Donna Merrill
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      May 29, 2012 at 2:49 am #

      Thanks Harleena,

      Good to see that you have got your priorities in order. We do have to stick to our deadlines and goals. And yes..the last on the list “DO IT” is the most important thing I could say.

      As long as we are doing something on our goals, we are ok. Procrastination can be a small thing one can conquer OR it can drag you down. It all depends on how much we give in to it.

      Cheers!
      Donna
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  21. Nicky May 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Well I would love to say that I have never suffered from this, but sadly I have suffered many many times from this.

    My problem is that unless I have an absolute deadline, then I can get very easily distracted.

    I am totally on form when I make myself a list of the most important things I have to achieve in a week, and then by day, but if for any reason something comes in and upsets this routine, then my automatic subconscious takes over and sadly that is “work in chaos”.

    Great post Donna and I seriously think I will need to sign up to your free 7 day course!

    Thanks for a great post,
    Nicky
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 29, 2012 at 3:00 am #

      Thanks Nicky,
      I know exactly what you mean! I have been in that place where if something upset my routine, I freaked out and my subconscious went to that same place.

      I had to put a stop to that because it was uncomfortable and I don’t want to be one of those 97% of people who give up on marketing. (guess I am very stubborn lol)

      I went out and joined a “mindset” group and it did help me. I still apply those principles. Some of them are on the series.

      Thank you,
      Donna
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  22. Sonia May 29, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Talk about hitting on the nail. Me, Me, me…all over this post and talk about a timely post at that. I have so many things I want to do and finding the time to do it is pointless. I just have to make time and just do it. I think I tell myself I don’t have time and when I do, like you said, I find other things to and veer off my goals. Sometimes we spend more time saying what we can’t do when we actually do have time to make it happen.

    Thanks for sharing your videos and I wrote down what I need to do and accomplish for myself.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      May 29, 2012 at 3:05 am #

      I’m shocked Sonia! You are always out there giving so much information that I don’t know how you do it.

      But..power women like you have so much on your mind that you want to do that it can be overwhelming. Sometimes we need to step back and re-organize. I know, I do it a lot myself.

      But…I have learned by many different modalities how to stop procrastinating and focus. That’s why I wanted to share it with people.

      Donna
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  23. Brian Lagoni May 29, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    I like the phrase “eating the frog” and I also followed your advice on how to overcome procrastination on a daily basis. I suggest using a task management software to organize your tasks. Using apps will help you automate the process by providing features like reminders, alarm snoozing, etc.

    Regards,

    Brian

  24. Rick Lelchuk May 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Donna,

    This is a great subject. I’ll respond later.

    RICK
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  25. farouk June 10, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    that’s right
    direct and to the point, thank you for the tips 🙂

  26. Mariella Lombardi July 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    This is what I was trying to avoid for the past week, Donna. It’s so easy to let myself go and not do anything for days. Thank you for the tips, I’ll make sure to apply them. Actually, I should print this and keep it close by:)
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