How to Motivate Yourself

One of the fundamental problems with procrastination is, you generally don’t have anyone alongside of you grinding their spur in your side; you have to get yourownself going.

Most procrastinators I know of are people who don’t govern themselves well, and resent others trying to.

But not all unmotivated people are procrastinators. If you generally DO complete your tasks on time, but are having trouble in one certain area, here are some tips to get you “unstuck”

Write the vision and make it plain.

Write down your overall vision. What is the end goal here? What is the mission statement for this series of tasks or goal. Clearly define what the end result is for all of your to do lists. Polish, edit, clarify and refine until you have a glowing mission statement for your company, family, or whatever project this task falls in. Then, after looking at the bigger picture, ask yourself

Do I really have to do this?

A whole lot of very organized people I have known will beat themselves up over something like (gasp!) dust bunnies under the guest room bed. Seriously? That’s it?
Yes, there are ultra organized people who get depressed if ever single thing is not done, even if it’s not critical. Something in their organized mind knows, they may never have enough time to get around to that non-essential, thus, their depression. If you think that perfectionism mindset describes you, try reminding yourself that leaving non-critical tasks undone, hurts no one. Then burn that chore card—tell youself it’s okay if you never get around to that for the rest of your life, because it really is.

I hate this task.

Is this a truly necessary task? Again, if you hate it, but it’s not critical or even quite important, would it make more sense just to not do it?

Okay. Obviously, the quality of our businesses depend upon us tending to details. But if this detail truly makes your business shine ask yourself question number one again…does it have to be you? Are you the only one who can do this task? Will the company turn to dust if your hands aren’t on every part of this project? If so, go to question three.
But if you have to do it, say, you need to work with an unpleasant client, or address an unpleasant situation, can you have someone share part of the burden with you? Maybe you can enlist the support of a team member to go with you to that termination meeting. That gnarly employee turns your stomache to knots and you hate confrontation. If so, maybe you can ask your feisty assistant to accompany you.

Can I delegate this task?

So much of internet marketing involves details and duldrum duties. Marketer, don’t lose your mind doing it all. Make a list today of every unpleasant marketing task and then hire or trade services if at all possible. Even if you can’t delegate all of it, farm out what you can, and oversee the team’s progress.

Can I do this project in stages?

When you break a project down into miniature goals, you have a much better chance of completing it. After your project becomes five miniature projects, do the next step

Give your project a deadline.

And don’t just give the end result a deadline, but rather, give every stage of your project a  deadline. This is where almost everyone misses it. Sit down and write out every single project and sub project from buying the paint to measuring the windows. Give yourself a time  limit for how long you will spend looking for office furniture. How much time you will spend looking for an employee. Maybe you know you can’t set aside enough interview time to do it well. So you’ll have to use an agency. My point is, when you set a deadline for a flow chart of tasks, you force yourself to come up with solutions to dead ends.

I do this every   single day with my business and it really gets the checklists done.

Try it and see.

 

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How a Whiteboard helps you organize

Your Brain in print (seeing it all helps you organize it!)

If you are a list person (and I know I am), then you may find it difficult to ever adjust your schedule once you have it committed to paper.

This is where a whiteboard can really help you. After you decide what you need to do today, just write it, LARGE, on a whiteboard that is big enough for you to see it when you walk across the room.

When we make a list on a little scrap of paper, or even in a Franklin Planner, it can be really difficult  to  use every spare minute checking off your to do list.

But when you keep the vision before you, broken down into Morning, afternoon and evening goals, and, you keep it where you can actually see it, then you are so much more likely to complete everything on your list.

Are you having trouble getting it all together? How do you manage your time effectively? I would love to hear your comments here.

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How to make every day count

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This video is so inspirational, I would call it almost as fundamental as having a daily schedule.

If you get this one thing right, you will always succeed.
Here’s to your success!
–Sue

P.S.>The Rock represents Jesus

All of us have things in our life that we would say take priority over other things, but we don’t always live like it. In the video (which I still strongly suggest you watch, you don’t need speakers to get the point), there is a man with some sand, some water, and one big rock. He wants to fit all of these things in the vessel, but there’s only one way to do it…and that’s by putting the main, or “meatiest”, pieces in first, in the proper order. I think the symbolism is obvious here. As internet marketers, we need to “seek first the kingdom” and keep the main thing the main thing. I’ll write more on this tomorrow. Please watch the video even if you have read about this concept before. It is powerful!

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How to make every day count | Time Management Tuesday

 

Wake up in the right attituude

It just makes sense; if you want tocsm_istock_femme-repos_855cfdcb07 have a productive day, you need to start it with productive, positive thoughts. Start each morning with a well thought out plan and self-affirming thoughts on how you can and will achieve your goals.

Review your day

You should already have your day planned out the night before. Each morning, after devotions but before you begin your day, review what you have planned for that day. It will help solidify in your mind what needs to be done, and help you to organize in your mind the tasks for the day.

Do the best you can

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Once you know what needs to be done, give each ask the best possible apicc-2ttention that you can.

 

Don’t forget your family

No matter how productive your day goes, it won’t count for much if you don’t take the time you need for friends and family. Is there someone important in your life? If so, give them the quality attention they deserve; our relationships make life worth living.

 

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