What’s it been like?
Are you a PROCRASTINATOR? Are you having trouble with “Commitment and Dedication”? If so, what has it been like for you?
For me, these are 3 words that go together like peanut butter and jam, spaghetti with MUSHROOMS and meat sauce, wine with cheese, (I hope you like peanut butter and jam). I really like the latter,(the spaghetti), but PROCRASTINATION is something that I have always had trouble with. I’m sure that there are many others out there in the world that have the same issues.
Commitment, to me, is easy in some respects especially when it is something I really want to do. If there is some electronic device that I want and think it will be a benefit to me then I will save my loonies and toonies, (I’m from Canada), and small change until I reach my goal and am able to purchase that item. I would be willing to bet that, under the right circumstances you could do the same.
So, do you procrastinate?
A Little About My Story
I like to carve walking sticks from time to time. If it’s an idea I really like I can focus on the project until it’s complete. The same thing goes for my hobby of designing snowflakes. I can even stay focused on the tasks I am given in my JOB but, when it comes to focusing on my websites this business of commitment and focus seems to be the one thing that gets the best of me no matter how hard I try. I haven’t been 100% committed to the process.
I have been involved with a website training platform for a little over 2 years now and currently have two websites, one in the RV niche and the other that promotes the platform I am part of. In the beginning, when I was creating the first website, I was eager and very focused. I was convinced, and still am, that this training platform is the best training platform on the internet to help those that are just starting out or those that have been around for a while and want to take their websites to the next level. More on that at the end of the post.
The problem was that a few months in I started to feel like I was in over my head and lacked the ability to understand what I was learning plus I was starting to lose interest. I was greatly confused about a lot of the training. Part of that problem was that I was trying to do two training programs at the same time and, I think that was a mistake.
Another part of the reason I was feeling so overwhelmed was, I discovered that I was trying to do too much at once and when I realized that, I was able to reach out and talk to some of the members in the community. They were able to help me understand that I was not in a race and I needed to go at my own pace, take a deep breath and not move on until I understood what I was learning.
Most of all, they said, I really need to ask a lot of questions especially when I got stuck. But, even today there is still a lot of uncertainty about what I am doing and there is still a lot to learn. But I’m doing better than I was. I have been constantly amazed at how helpful the community inside really is. More on that later.
So that’s what I have been doing. Going slower, doing only one training program and, I ask questions when I need help. Doing this has made a difference…to a point.
Sound confusing? Well, yes, I suppose it could be but, if you think about it, we all learn at different rates about different things. Some of us can pick up some things faster than other things. We just are not gifted in all areas of life and work. We just can’t learn everything at the same rate. That’s not the way we are built. Each of us is unique and different from each other.
But I Digress
This is about procrastination and commitment not about learning styles although I suppose they could be connected in some way. Anything that requires training/learning dictates that a certain level of commitment and dedication is going to be required if one is to be successful.
Hand in hand with a lack of commitment and focus is the other devil in the room, PROCRASTINATION. Because of a lack of commitment and focus, I think it causes us/me to procrastinate. We start to wonder if we really can do this online thing, do I really have what it takes, are my efforts really going to pay off. We can find ourselves meandering off in different directions.
So, now we are at the point where we are starting to develop an attitude of putting off doing something today to move towards our goal but, that’s OK I’ll get back to it tomorrow. I soon found out that that is not a good strategy. If I can put it off today, I can put it off tomorrow and the day after and…..well, you get the idea.
We start doing other things. For me, TV is a big draw. It’s so easy for me to sit down in front of that BOOB-TUBE and watch endless hours of it. Most of it is not educational, (Boring), it’s like a drug to some.
So, What Can We DO To Combat Procrastination?
“If you never start, you’ll never have a chance to fail. But you’ll never have a chance to succeed, either.” (Catherine Clifford, Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC)
PROCRASTINATION is something like a baseball game. If you are totally focused on a project/post, you know you’re in the zone, you’re hitting it out of the park so to speak. But, instead of hitting it out of the park you’re all over the field hitting pop flies or striking out. You just can’t get a break. This is procrastination, a lack of focus that leaves us stuck.
So, how do we conquer this monster and become better entrepreneurs whether in physical businesses or on the Internet? Below I have come up with 10 things we can do to help overcome the problem of procrastination. There are more but I didn’t want to overwhelm you or me. The goal here is to spend less time striking out in our attempts and more time in hitting home runs.
1. If you’re a beginner in Internet Marketing, the learning curve seems enormous. After all, there IS a lot to learn. But, don’t let that scare you. If you get hooked up with the right training platform and don’t try to do too much too soon, it will be easier. Small bites are better than trying to shove the whole sandwich into your mouth at once, agreed? Work at your own pace and it won’t seem quite so overwhelming.
2. Break your project into smaller more manageable sections. If there are 10 parts to the task, focus on just one. Gary Keller, in his book “The One Thing” said, “It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.” You, need to break down our goals and tasks into smaller, easier to handle pieces.
3. Set a timer. Whatever works for you. Start with 30 minutes or 1 hour and see how much you can write in that time frame. Don’t try to go fast. Just work at a normal pace. The odds are that you may find yourself going a little longer but, don’t push it. Get up and take a break and do something else for 15 or 20 minutes. Then reset the timer and go back and do some more. Experiment and see what suits you best.
I tried this test a while back and managed to write about 600 words in thirty minutes. I punched out a few ideas and then just started writing. I might have a few more words if I hadn’t gone back to edit. I think you get the idea. And, it was fun.
4. Multitasking is a fable. We can’t do many things at the same time we can only do one thing at a time. As I mentioned, focus on “the one thing” and you will have less stress and you will get more done.
5. Be Accountable to someone. This could be scary but talking with a mentor/coach will help with planning and setting clear goals that are not out of reach.
6. Keep track of your time. The idea here is to use a notebook and record how you use your time each day. Do this for a week to ten days. You may be amazed at how much time you spend doing stuff that doesn’t really matter like surfing the web or checking your social media or just watching TV, (a big one for me). Reading other peoples blogs and posts is another that takes away valuable time away from doing what DOES matter.
Don’t get me wrong here. I am definitely NOT saying that we should never have some fun and time to just sit and relax. Those things are important as well but we need to plan our breaks and times for these. R+R is good, too much R+R? not so much.
7. Don’t wait till your in “THE MOOD”. If you want to be a writer and build a website you have to write, you have to produce content. There is no getting around it. Good content brings visitors and builds trust on your website so, set aside time every day and sit down and write. You may not FEEL like it but once you get going, (if you’re like me), you will actually start to enjoy the process, it will be fun.
8. This task is done. What should I do next? This is a great question to ask your self. You don’t have to come up with a perfect plan to achieve your goal before you take action. Just ask yourself,
- Alright, that’s done now, what’s the next step?
- What do I do now to move forward? Just another step even if it’s small.
I am finding, lately, that I have been finding extra time to take these small steps. I can’t write every day for 3-4 hours a day but I have been able to find a 30 min. slot or an hour after dinner where I can take a small step forward. I find that this keeps me motivated for the next day. That’s the whole idea, to keep moving forward one step at a time.
9. Identify the NON-NEGOTIABLE things in your life. Make a list of the things that are most important in your life, your must priorities. Include both personal and professional. Stephen Covey called these the BIG ROCKS principle in his book “The “Big Rocks” of Life.
. He said that, if you start your day without a plan, you’ll soon find yourself busy with little rocks (tasks, cat videos or whatever). Before you know it, your bucket will be full, and you spent a whole day working on the things that have little value, and you have time for the things you needed to pay attention to. Put the “Big Rocks” in first or there will be no room for the rest. Read the full story here.
Boy, can I identify with that! This is totally me.
What are your top priorities? God, spouse, family, business, work? As Steven Covey said, too many little rocks and, before you know it you don’t have time for what really matters. If it’s something you want to watch, you can record it to watch later.
10. Last but not least is, Develop Routines And Discipline. This one might be the most important. Work CAN overwhelm us so, in order to stop procrastination we must plan out a specific routine/schedule and become more disciplined. Something WILL come up that you will have to take care of from time to time and you may have to change your plan for the day. Nothing is perfect but, at least you have a plan a routine that, over time, will become the natural thing to do.
It takes more than 8 weeks, on average, before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. This can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and your circumstances. One study said that it could take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for a new habit to form.” I think 254 days is the exception. Most people probably do this in 8 weeks or less.
66 days is not a very long time so, stick with it. Be determined. Make it happen.
So, there you have it. There is no 100% guarantee that these tips will work if you don’t try them. I am doing some and will be implementing more. The ones I do are working for me and I am making progress to implement others. Test them out and see what works for you to overcome the monster of PROCRASTINATION and lack of Commitment.
You CAN Overcome. You CAN do it.
Thanks for reading this post. I hope I didn’t bore you and please, leave a comment below, I would love to hear your story and how this monster has affected your life.
On your side,
Wayne, owner, writer and operator of,
Earlier in this post, I made a reference to a training platform that I am part of that helps beginners and more experienced people that want to build an online business, become more confident in building a website and/or taking it to the next step.
I also said earlier, I believe that WA, Wealthy Affiliate University, is the #1 training platform in the world. I know that I’m making a huge claim here but, if you are at all interested in learning how to build a website and gain financial freedom, (it is possible, many are doing it now), you can find out more about it here.