The Art of Procrastination

Your deadline is approaching, and you suddenly realize that you don’t have NEAR as much done as you wanted to by this point.

So what do you do? You begin scrambling, kicking it into high gear to get your work together in time, worrying that you won’t quite be able to add in all the details that you had planned.

If this has ever happened to you, then you know what I am talking about, and all the stress that you can cause yourself.

If this happens to you quite often, then you are a master of procrastination.

I happen to be one of those people who have spent a lifetime developing the skill, perfecting it into an art that some might even call astonishing.

There are people who can manage to get by with always doing their work last minute, by why just get by when you could be progressing and becoming more and more productive?

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This is a note that I read at least two times every single day to remind myself to use the time like the precious resource that it is and to not waste it.

Having deadlines can be difficult, but if you have a boss or teacher or coworker to remind you and hold you (or your job) accountable, it makes it just a bit easier to meet those deadlines.

When you are an entrepreneur or freelancer, the only person telling you what to do or keeping you accountable is yourself.

YOU are the only one to blame when you procrastinate too long and miss your chance to get on board with that great team, idea, or project.

Don’t let it happen to you!

You know that you can rise above it.

Imagine all the things that you could get done in 8 hours of working, utilizing every minute of your time to be productive.

Or, you could spend entirely too much time distracting yourself with all of these other things that you KNOW you could do after you get your work done.

When it only takes you two hours to write that article because you utilized those two hours instead of dragging it into four, you could write tomorrow’s article with that extra two hours. Or have time to get that Excel spreadsheet done. Or have time to run those errands you would have otherwise had to put off until tomorrow.

The less you procrastinate, the more you can get done. The more you get done, the more you CAN get done, which leads to a higher level of productivity overall.

If you want to move forward in your company, with your personal goals, with ANYTHING, stop putting it off, and treat the seconds that tick by as a resource and tool, not an endless luxury that you can waste. It is valuable, and you are valuable enough and smart enough to use it to benefit yourself and your goals.

Thank you, wise Post-It, for reminding us of what we already know, but sometimes struggle with. May your wisdom be applied to our lives so that we stop browsing Facebook so much and start pushing our potential as enthusiastic, productive workers and as human beings. Amen!

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That Sweet Sound

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I am putting a pause on my story to share this with you 🙂

Raise your hand if you love compliments. Yeah, me too. As a writer, I thrive on not just compliments, but good reviews of my writing.

Why? One, because compliments make you feel all warm and tinglay! Two, because I need validation as a writer. I don’t need other people to tell me that I’m good. If I put enough work and effort into my writing and compare it to others and to the guidelines set before me, I can decide myself. However, when other people validate something that I write, I can KNOW, without a doubt, that it’s good. It’s not wishful thinking or hope or self-critical analysis, but real validation from real people that the things that exist in my mind and are channeled through my fingers are worth something. They are valuable. As someone who writes tons of things every day and has since they could write, this means a lot to me.

“You hit the ball out of the park! Great job (and I am very hard to please when it comes to writers)! Thanks very much! I will certainly use your services again!”

“If you’re looking for a writer, run, do not walk, to purchase this writer’s services! She did a fabulous job! She took the specifications and parameters I gave, and returned with a superbly-written article. It was error-free, grammatically correct, but more importantly, very good writing!”

Aaaaah, the sound of assurance that I am worth something in this world!

This is a review of one of my articles that I wrote for my Fiverr profile.

We all deserve to be proud of ourselves when we do a good job on something and brag a little bit 🙂 This is my version of hanging a really cool coloring sheet on my own refrigerator. Except I can’t ever stay inside the lines…

What is something that YOU are proud of yourself for? I’m interested 🙂

How My “Brilliant” Plan Failed

 

In case you haven’t read my other blogs, I am currently explaining how I got from quitting college to where I am right now, which I will eventually tell  you about 🙂

As I previously mentioned, I was going to need flyers, pamphlets, and a presentation of some sort before I was going to start advertising with my small business that I was going to create named “Unmasked Promotion.” (My best friend helped me come up with that.) I can design basic publications like those with Microsoft Publisher, but I wanted them to be very well done. I would also need a logo, which I could not hope to design. This process proved to be difficult. I ordered three different logos and didn’t like any of them. Since I was ordering off of Fiverr it was a bit difficult to have designers keep redesigning the logo that I apparently just couldn’t explain correctly. I ended up waiting longer than I wanted to, about 3 weeks.

In that time, I was really anxious to start driving to different businesses and explaining my idea to them. My idea was to ask for the owner or manager and talk to them for just a minute or two, then leave a card and pamphlet with them. I would then call them in a week to see if they were interested in a week’s worth of social media advertising and promotion for $20. If they said they were, I was going to arrange a small meeting, maybe 15 minutes, to present my research on how my service was going to be worth it to them, and then discuss starting the job.

If only I had those publications! I never did get them though. Instead of waiting longer to advertise to businesses around my area, I started advertising for businesses online. I started off by working on Fiverr, then attempting to initiate outside contact. At my best, I was making $100 a week working online at home, from advertising and just writing. I built up to this point and worked on it from mid-November 2012 to around the start of January. At that point, I was getting tired of the work that I was doing. At my heart, I’m a writer, and it’s the only thing that I have enough motivation to pursue. While I was getting to write some, ads, emails, so on, it wasn’t enough. I was finding jobs easier and getting better praise when I focused on writing. Deciding that I needed to be true to what I want to do and would put more effort into, I quit the advertising that I was doing and converted to just writing.

I had to slowly find a good spot to stop working for the people that I was advertising and promoting for. I still work for one woman who I enjoy working with very much, but other than that, my whole brilliant plan, the whole reason I quit college, failed completely. Poof. Idea not in the workings any more.

However, I will tell you how that experience led me to where I am now, which is in a great place, in my humble opinion. Next time 🙂