The way you do anything is the way you do everything. My mentor has been saying it forever and I always think “Yup, that’s true,” but what does it really mean?
I have a colleague that I know well and trust implicitly. I know she gets everything done; however, she tends to do it all at the last minute. Emails go out late, meetings are confirmed late and plans get changed or pushed back. Whenever we make plans I know not to expect quick responses to emails I send, suggestions I make or questions I ask.
I had a conversation with a client earlier today. We had an appointment scheduled for 12:30. She called at 12:30 on the dot. The first thing she said was that she was nervous about calling me on time and had been checking her clock every few seconds to make sure that she called exactly on time. She told me that she was wondering what I would think if she called a minute or two late, or a minute or two early. Actually, what I’m wondering is why is she so concerned about what I think?
I am writing this article Tuesday afternoon for my ezine. I always get the article done and it gets out on time but why is this late? To be brutally honest here…I’m “usually” pretty good about getting my ezines prepared on time but I know that this is going to impact my assistant and frankly, the quality of this article.
I was at a party recently and ran into a woman I’ve known for years. She is a friend and a former client. As we stood talking over a tasty treat she told me that, despite the work we’ve done together, she still procrastinates. I replied…”Yeah, me too.” She looked at me, shocked and said, “I can’t believe it. You do so much! There’s NO WAY, you procrastinate.”
So here’s the cold hard truth. Yes, I procrastinate. In fact I’m a master procrastinator and I’m not alone. According to studies done on procrastination (I wonder how long those took to complete!) 95% of all people procrastinate. My personal belief is that the other 5% of the population are lying. Oh and according to those same studies, 25% of us are chronic procrastinators. Yes, you can put me in that 25%.
Just because everyone procrastinates does not mean it is okay. Procrastination is bad for business, bad for profits and bad for you.
It’s kind of obvious that procrastination costs us time, energy and money and I can give you a lot of examples about how, but there are two things that are even worse that we tend to forget.
1. You’re being selfish. The people who we are “supposed” to be helping don’t get the help that they need. You know the book that you’ve been meaning to write? Well, the person who needs to read it can’t. You know that person who you met at a networking event that you’ve been meaning to follow up with about your program? Well, that person isn’t getting the support they need to move forward. Read more
Confession time: I had a deadline in place to have this message written, but I found myself down to the wire writing it at the last minute. Why? Because I never made the time to sit down to write it.
Chaos to Cash Strategy:
Deadlines are great when you have projects to do, but the most important part is to schedule time to do the project.
Otherwise, you’ll either run around like crazy just before it’s due, or you’ll miss the deadline altogether.
~ Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So You Can Create Ultimate Profit! By Carrie Greene, Chapter 2, Page 147
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I recently launched the program From Procrastination to Payday. Through this launch I got to experience a new side of the over 5,000 business owners who, like you, are a part of the CarrieThru community. I don’t know why I was surprised but I was…you procrastinate.
I’m going to pull back the curtain a bit and tell you how that launch went from my side.
I created the program because one of the main issues my private clients struggle with is procrastination. I realize that there’s a limit to the number of people I work with privately (I don’t have the time and not everyone is in the position to commit to that type of program). To make the program super accessible I priced it at a no-brainer price point.
I laid out a launch plan that included a series of marketing messages (the emails and videos you received over the last few weeks). I sent out the first message and there was definitely interest. The next few messages fell flat. I couldn’t understand what was happening. I was sure that this was a topic that the CarrieThru community would be interested in, I knew that the content was solid and it was certainly not over-priced. I got frustrated. Then the last chance email went out and registration tripled. Read more