Procrastinators have heard it all. We’re more creative; we’re not as creative. We can’t handle deadlines; we need deadlines. We make good business people; we don’t make good business people. So what’s up?
From my experience, my mistakes, and by observing friends, employees and outside contractors as well as online sellers, I would say the news is good: Procrastinators can succeed in life and business. I know people who MUST have a deadline — usually initiated by an outside factor, such as a boss — to keep them in line. As long as they’re happy, so be it.
However, procrastinators also can (and often do) convert. Some procrastinators become entrepreneurs and are motivated by an eBay sale or a new client. All entrepreneurial endeavors include deadlines as a natural aspect of doing business. Realize this home truth, and look for those moments that help propel your spirit into action. May your built-in deadlines be many!
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If you are one of the many who never seem to finish projects, here are some insights. First, stop trying to figure out why you are the way you are, and get serious. You may work from home, but you need to think like a business executive. They do an outline of a project — sometimes called “Scope of Project” — then make sure they gather together the resources (people and money) needed to complete it. They also set a time frame.
So create an outline of your project; decide on its timeframe, including how many minutes per day you are willing or able to devote to it; and go for it. You probably don’t finish your projects because you can’t see a timeline or an ending. Now you can. Good luck!
John, Southbridge MA (aaainvestincollectibles), asked what to do about a package that disappeared after being delivered to the buyer’s front door. Griff and Lee read “How To Stop Procrastinating by Using The Two-Minute Rule” by James Clear for LifeHack.org. John, Southbridge MA (aaainvestincollectibles), called in with his insurance challenge.
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Listing stale or old unlisted inventory! Our guest is Deborah Goytia, known on eBay as Top-Rated Seller pinching pesos.
Open phones, Contact Us email, and more: Lee read comments from the chat board concerning eBay procrastination as discussed by our guest in the previous segment. Tom, Pittsburg PA (blackandgoldgifts), asked if it makes sense for a charity selling on eBay for only 3 weeks out of each year to open an eBay Store.
Overcoming eBay procrastination! Our guest is Margie Sparks, known on eBay as Top-Rated Seller yourhomeessentials.
No matter what type of business you have, there are tasks that you just don’t like to do — although you love it when they’re completed. You just keep putting them off until the end of the day or the week. When we procrastinate, the task is always looming. All that does is let anxiety have power over your life. Why not use your mornings, when you are the freshest, to complete those tasks that you usually put off until later? When the work is done, you feel free of anxiety and are more able to concentrate on other tasks that will help grow your business. Visualize how it feels to complete that dreaded task, and go for it!
If your work day gets a little boring from time to time, or if you have difficulty some days just starting your work, consider this. First, know that almost all entrepreneurs have these days from time to time. I have one important trick that works for me: Vary your workspace. If you have a laptop, move in front of the fireplace and work there for an hour or two. If the climate permits, move outside to a balcony, porch or patio. Make yourself an interesting beverage — some sort of fancy tea, for example, or a cup of hot chocolate. Set it next to you while you work. If none of these things apply, just move to a different room for a few hours, such as the living room instead of your office. Larger projects such as redecorating your workspace can work wonders as well.