So do you suffer from procrastination, you know putting things off, using the someday I’ll….. phrase?
Do you feel overwhelmed, guilty, frustrated, embarrassed, depressed, drained of energy, anxious, fearful all of these negative factors and words are associated with procrastination.
When you procrastinate about something in one area of your life it tends to affect other areas of your life. So as we get to the end of 2013 and get ready to begin 2014 its time to beat procrastination.
Why is procrastination part of our lives?
When you think about your dreams and goals these are positive things and so are not associated with the day to day. So why do we procrastinate? It comes down to fear of certain things, in an early blog post I talked about Who moved my Cheese, this is fear of change.
Fear of Looking Bad
Fear of Change or Losing Something
I have talked about Fear of Change and Why People Fear Change before but this is a huge sub-conscience driver in procrastination. I am in my comfort zone and know what I am doing where everything is at. When you go through change you enter the unknown and then the fear will kick in. So what happens you procrastinate and stay where you are, regardless of the fact you are unhappy about the situation.
How do you Beat Procrastination?
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Becareful lest you let other people spend it for you – Carl Sandburg, American poet
The first and most important thing is that someday is not a day of the week! So stop using the “someday” phrase. It is all about time and how you use your time and what you are going to prioritize.
There will always be some fear in anything you do, realize this and embrace it. You need to take action what ever that might be. If you are unhappy where you are nothing will happen until you take action.
Also be careful, you cannot say Yes to everything, there are not enough hours in the day.
Beating Procrastination Tips:
- Understand the amount of time you have available
- Prioritize what you are going to do on any particular day, probably no more than 12 tasks
- Forecast accurately the time taken for each task and make sure they fit in the time available
- At the end of the day review what you achieved and how long each task took.
If you achieve most of those tasks you have been successful. It is important to get into the rhyem everyday, you can’t just do it on Monday’s. Remember you will only Beat Procrastination if you take action.
A great audio on beating procrastination by Ray Higdon is available and a book by Lauren Midgley – Successfully Failing at Procrastination can be found on my book page
Everyone starts from the Bottom with Their Business
Everyone when they start their business starts at the bottom, Michael Dell, the owner of Dell computers washed dishes and Sandra Bullock, the actress started as a bartender.
So just remember that as you start your journey on your home based business you are starting like most people at the bottom. You will hear time and time again the money is in the list. It is this list you need to build.
I have No Money to Start A Business
Not having money is not a deal breaker it just requires a different approach to your business. Your cash is a different equity namely your own creativity. With sites like You Tube, Facebook and Twitter you have something that allows you to generate free traffic like you never had before. As Mike Dillard said:
The amount of money you make and the people you serve is a direct reflection on your value to the world
This is a good statement to remember if you are going to be truly successful in network marketing. There are some key areas you will need to invest some money in to create your presence on the internet. Most of these can be built for a very low cost. These few areas discussed below give you the basics for starting your business online.
A Web Site
First you will need a Web SIte to host your blog and your capture pages. You will use your capture pages to capture people’s names and emails for your Business Opportunities. This is how you are going to create your list, when you have 20 plus leads a day your business will transform. This is the magic number than equates to 2-3 people joining your business each week.
There are many tools and programs out there that allow you to build capture pages for your business. Please contact me to learn more about these tools and programs that can help you build capture pages and web sites. The best way is to go to my contact page and fill in the form and put web site in the details box.
To get a Web site you can get a domain with service like Go Daddy. You can search for domains and register one for about $10. Use a hosting service such as Go Daddy, Hosting Gator etc. You can even find Free Website Builder services and eventually you can learn how to do Website Optimization, but don’t worry about that to start with.
You need an auto-responder as a way of capture those email addresses which is your list! The auto-responder can be used to send E-mails and the auto-responder handles all the subscribing and unsubscribing so you don’t have to worry about the Spam laws!
Auto-responders are also low cost in the range of $10-$20 a month.
Your own Blog is all important, this is where you are going to deliver value and place calls to action without being overtly sales like. The Blog will also support your Social Media strategy as your articles will be published to your social media sites. Although the articles will disappear down the news feeds they will always be there on your blog. You should check out Top Blogs by people like ray Higdon for ideas.
Social Media Strategy
You need to pick a social media platform when you start and focus on that. As you get more experienced you can branch out into multiple platforms. When you start to use a platform such as Facebook don’t be tempted to go spam everyone otherwise you could end up in Facebook Jail and worse still nobody will be interested in your posts.
You need to build relationships with people on line, talk about different things not your opportunity. It is just like if you are face to face, you build a relationship and show interest in the other person, just in a digital form.
Video is powerful and allows potential prospects to get to know and trust you.Finally use video not just on your YouTube or Vimeo channel but place videos on your blog or your social media sites.
By having your video’s on YouTube and Vimeo they can also point people back to your web site.
Video brings you closer to your prospects.
Finally Mike Dillard & Tim Erway wrote a great course about building your business on a budget. You can check out more about the Building on a Budget, 7 ways to build your network markting business on a shoe string HERE