Stop Procrastination In Its Tracks!

Are you a procrastinator? Were you the kid that would study for a big test the night before and get homework done on the way to school?  Do you always put things off till the deadline is looming?  Pack your suitcase for a trip at the last minute?  It’s nothing to be proud of, but we all have our moments of procrastination. The bad thing is procrastination adds more stress to your life.  It makes you less productive.

Stop Procrastination

STOP Procrastination!

Here’s a simple little life hack to stop procrastinating and getting stuff done. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much more productive this will make you.

Make a To-Do List

To-Do lists stop procrastination better than anything else I know. Get out a piece of paper and a pen, or download a free app on your phone and make out your list. Start by jotting down everything you need to get done today. (Make sure it is a reasonable list that can be completed in a day.) As you work your way through each item on your list, cross it off. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?

This simple way of doing it will make a huge difference, but we can do even better. Here are some easy tips to help you make the most of your to-do list:

  • Write your list the night before. You’ll be ready to get going first thing in the morning.
  • Do something quick and easy first. Get it done and cross it off the list. This will set the tone for your entire day.
  • Do the most important thing.   Do the item that absolutely must be done today completed and you will be on a roll.
  • Avoid tasks that take hours to complete. Instead break them up into smaller chunks or baby steps that you can get done and cross off.
  • Work on more difficult tasks earlier in the day.   You still have the energy to get through them. Save the easy stuff for late afternoon when possible.

One More Rule

There’s one more “rule” and it’s the most important one. Do NOT stop until you’ve crossed every single item off of your to-do list. Get everything done you possibly can. Yes, it’s not always possible to do what you set out to do today because you’re waiting on a part to ship or a report from a colleague. It’s fine to move a task to another day when there’s a valid reason. You need to take bathroom and food breaks. Aside from that though, keep working until each item on your daily to-do list is crossed off.

Here’s your assignment for the next few days:

Before you go to bed at night, make a to-do list for the next day. Check items off the list as you get them accomplished. Add to your list as needed, but make sure you get everything on the list done before you go to bed at night.

It only takes a few days to get in the habit of just getting stuff done. Stick to your to-do list and watch your productivity soar!

Do you have some tips for dealing with procrastination? Please share!

 

3 Products You Could Create in a Day

Thank you to our guest blog author, Katie Horner from Como Blog.  You will love her post on product creation!

Product Creation is important for several reasons:

  1. Unlike affiliate products, that could disappear from the market tomorrow, you are in control of products you create. However, the marketing of your own products also rests solely in your control.
  2. You can multiply your reach and income by establishing a great affiliate program of people who are excited to share your product with their tribe.
  3. You can enhance your own authority and experience both in content creation and in the topic niche of your choice.

3 Products You Can Create in a Day

Many entrepreneurs feel paralyzed when it comes to product creation. They either don’t believe in the product they imagine, they let fear of failure deter them from starting, or they are so much a perfectionist that they never get it “just right” and get it out to their market. It’s all in how you see it…

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When I finally understood the potential of creating and selling my own products, I took an idea, created and outline, made some notes and set out to write an ebook. I completed the ebook and got it on Create Space and Amazon in a single day. It takes motivation, and hard work, but it can be done. That was one of the best business decisions I ever made. Since that first ebook, I have gone on to create countless information products and you can too!

Here are 3 products you could create in a day.

1. A Short Report

In the professional world a short report is like a short ebook covering one main topic. It can be a mega list of step by step instructions, tips, quotes, links, tools, apps, etc. Is your site too new to have that much content? Consider using a PLR (private label rights) piece. Make a cute promo graphic, upload the file to your store and wa-lah!

Example: Free short report “50 Powerful Tips for Successful Business Habits”

2. A 3,000 Word Ebook

Think about it, 3,000 words is not very long. It may be the length of about 6 blog posts give or take a few hundred words. Do you have a series on your site that could be repurposed as an ebook? Do you have a topic you are passionate about that you could write several short chapters for? With Canva you can easily (and for free) create a cute ebook cover and then add it to your store or open a free account on Create Space and upload there for amazon print and kindle sales.

Example: My ebook: “The Blogger’s Guide to Seasonal Marketing”

3. A Video How-to Series

The mobile phone camera really has revolutionized video production for me. It is SO easy to record video now! All it takes is a little bit of prep for your outline and background set and you are ready to roll. What do you know so well you can teach it to others? What do you always get asked how to do? Why not create a video series to explain it and put it in your store. They don’t have to be long 1-5 minutes each, with each one explaining a different step in the process. Want to dress it up? Add handouts or a notebook to the package.

Example: The Blog Like a Pro Class – This one is a bit longer and did take more than one day, but think about what you could do as a 3 to 4 video series.

So, now it is up to you? You have something the rest of the world needs. What awesomeness will you create for your audience?

The Como Blog Connection comoblog.com/connectionKatie Hornor is the founder of Como Blog, a bilingual education site for bloggers and online business owners, and the new Como Blog Connection, where you will find resources, connections and mentoring to spur you on to reach your business dreams. Get info about The Connection and download the Free ebook 50 Powerful Tips for Successful Business Habits at Como Blog.

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