I firmly believe that if I could change one certain characteristic about myself, my life would be completely different. That one thing is my horrible propensity towards procrastination. Which is actually kind of ironic, come to think of it, because I’m always the one that pushes people into taking action. But when it comes to myself? Not so much.
Now that I’m starting my new career, procrastination is a serious liability. I have lost too much business (ok, not a whole lot, but enough to really open my eyes) because I have put off a phone call by even ten minutes. I wish I was exaggerating.
I’ve heard a lot about a book called “Eat that Frog”, by Brian Tracy. I found a copy of it yesterday at Half-Price Books and started to read it. After I read the first chapter, I thought that there were some really good ideas and that I would get right on them. Tomorrow.
Ok, ok. I know. Pretty sad. I totally admit that it’s bad. But I am trying. I see some progress here. I wrote my blog post. I’m writing my to do list in my head for tomorrow. And when I’m done here, I’m going to sit down and do the exercises Mr. Tracy talks about in chapters 1 and 2. Maybe there’s hope for me.
All I know is that there are lots of things I want to do in my life, and if I don’t start being more proactive, they aren’t going to get done. Maybe a little frog eating is what I need.
Today’s exercise is to create a link post. I’m not sure I entirely accomplished that, but I did try. I’m still a day behind though. Where are the other days, you may ask? Well, those were more what I consider “offline” exercises, like analyze blogs in my space and email a commenter. But since I haven’t gotten a lot of comments again, it’s hard to do that second.