How to Stop Procrastinating

Last Update: June 27, 2016

I have a confession to make.

I am an addict and my drug is information. I suffer from information overload.

As a result, I delay or postpone action when I want to achieve something. I am convinced I don’t know enough.

This makes me a first class procrastinator. My addiction is out of control.

My behaviour has finally got to the stage where I want to do something about it.

I am messing up my life – my business in particular.

The first step I am taking is to ignore the next email that comes into my email inbox promising me this information is the answer to my prayers. I will open it only to UNSUBSCRIBE.

The next step is to clear out all the emails I have saved and never look at. They are feeding my addiction.

Step Three is to work on my business. Get into action and stop procrastinating.

What gave me this change of heart?

When I decided I would contribute to the WA community even though I wasn’t sure how, I decided to receive more emails from the community. I will allocate some time every day to read them.

Yesterday an email came in from WA which was the wake-up call I needed.

It highlighted a seventeen-year-old entrepreneur here at WA.

He is living proof of what we all can achieve. I owe him heaps!

Today I am going to write my business plan. Something I have been putting off with the excuse it’s all in my head that’s all I need.

From today I will have my planning tool and I will be further along the road to success.

Thank you to all the generous people who share on WA.

I have all the information I need to succeed.

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JulietAA Premium
So true Marilyn,
It's always one excuse or the other, but like you we all have to get up and go!
Great post, thanks
Marilynm1 Premium
Thanks for commenting Juliet. Feedback helps.
SadieChan Premium
So true in what you said. We are always doing the easier things first!
Marilynm1 Premium
You are so right Sadie.
mckm Premium
Marilyn, you could have been writing about me! It's all true. I would rather be learning about marketing than actually trying to do it, because I don't know enough. Perhaps higher education is partly to blame for this but I believe it's mostly just the way I am. Ha, in my late seventies, I'm too old to change my behaviour drastically (excuse) but I need to follow your example and do some more work on my business.
Marilynm1 Premium
Hi Margaret. You have what it takes! Please share your progress with me. I will be cheering you on. Thanks for commenting.
JudeP Premium
Good luck with your progression Marilyn :)
Marilynm1 Premium
Thanks Jude. Thank you for sharing your journey. I note what you say. Best wishes.
With-Kev Premium
Great post Marilyn. Procrastination is the enemy of all online business people. I hear people say they are overwhelmed, this is a symptom of procrastination. I was taught the cure for overwhelm is to “Take Action”.
When we learn something we should immediately do it, take action. There are a couple of advantages of doing this. Firstly it defeats procrastination and secondly it cements what we have just learned.

During my studies I learned a method called Invest, Learn, Teach (ILT is taught by Ray Higdon). What this means is when we learn something we are investing in ourselves. We should then take what we have learned and share it. Teach it to as many people as you can.

When we are procrastinating remember the Nike slogan “Just Do It”. Follow this and you can’t go wrong. It worked for me. Cheers Kev
Marilynm1 Premium
Great comment Kev. I feel as if a load is off my shoulders writing this confession. Best wishes.
With-Kev Premium
Yes it can make a big difference when you unload things bothering you. Now you can move ahead with confidence, a great feeling. If you hesitate, ask yourself why you are doing this. If your reason is strong enough you will take action immediately. Wish you the very best with your business. Cheers Kev