If you read my earlier post a couple of months ago about how I got a copy of the book “The Procrastination Cure – 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off” (by Jeffery Combs), you’ll know that this is a VERY important – if not somewhat touchy topic for me.
WHY do I have to spill out my guts every time I sit down to write? I honestly do not know.
It just happens. I cannot seem to help it, and I cannot seem to stop it.
This stuff touches quite a nerve with me, because (as you’ll see when you read my review), procrastination and I have a long relationship. Oh yeah, we go waaaay back.
For example – and this just came to me: WHY did I fail at being a Girl Scout? It wasn’t that I didn’t WANT to earn badges. But, I kept putting off doing the work. So, I never got the girl scout badges, and my Girl Scout career ended on a less-than-satisfactory note by 4th grade.
(It’s actually quite the story… More of a confession, actually: Suffice it to say I forged some initials on Girl Scout Badge Pages in the Handbook, and then blamed my little sister for it. The scout leader somehow knew I lied, and my sister was off the hook. Sadly, I was not. That was my last day at Girl Scouts. See what procrastination can do for you?)
There are some things that I put off because I’m afraid to do them. Afraid or not – it’s still procrastination.
There are other things that I put off because I’m still mired in emotions about them. “Should I? Shouldn’t I? Will it be GOOD? Will it be BAD?” Yikes… what a chocolate mess cowtowing to procrastination can caucse!
The worst type of procrastination – I think – is something that you’ll read about in my article – which started out primarily as a review about Jeff Combs’ book “The Procrastination Cure…”
The worst type is when you put something off for so long that there comes a day when it’s actually just too late. You couldn’t complete the activity if you ate your Wheaties, drove a Ferrari to the site, or even if you were handed a million dollars on the spot to do it.
Because it’s just too late. The person is no longer living, and it is a physical impossibility to now complete the activity that was put off for so long.
So. There you have it.
As I was writing my review of the book, I thought about WHERE on this website I should place it. Should I place it under “Personal Goals and Motivation?” Or perhaps “Life Strategies for Success?” Surely, the article can fit in either of those categories.
But for the moment, I have placed it under “Entrepreneurial Strategies” and here is why: I truly believe that procrastination has hindered my success in business in the past more than any other contributing factor. And that hinderance affects other parts of my life as well.
And I have a feeling – especially after reading the book – that procrastination is a toughie for other entrepreneurs as well. I explain this more in the full article. I’ll definitely link to the article from my other sections of the site, because I feel it is so incredibly important.
I would rather not see others feel the pain of not completing something that they really COULD have completed.
Enough is enough. Let us all succeed. I always talk about taking action. Let’s take some together.
So, let’s move on. I now invite you to read my review and discussion of…
I just received the book “The Procrastination Cure” by Jeffery Combs. I was contacted by the folks over at Career Press, and they asked if I’d have a look at this new book, and since the topic of procrastination is something I’m sure my readers are well aware of, I decided to have a look. Also, the long-time career coach in me can’t resist this topic or this publisher!
Anyway, this is just a VERY quick post to let you know that I have received the book, and have just begun to read it.
Right at the get-go, in the first chapter, “An Overview of Procrastination,” something instantly caught my eye. Jeffery talks about something called the “electronic income reducer” – aka, television (you weren’t really surprised, were you?)
That short passage about the things that tend to encourage procrastination – or, should I really say, encourage putting off ACTIVITY that furthers our lives – made me think of a few other things in that category. Although Jeffery Combs doesn’t mention it directly in his “Overview…” I would add the following to his list of “income reducers.”
=> Liquid Income Reducers (drinking too much)
=> Emotional Income Reducers (worrying or incorrect thinking that paralyzes the ability to take action)
=>Physical Income Reducers (“getting ready to get ready” – sharpening pencils, tidying up the desk, cleaning the house on a sudden urge rather than take action…)
Of course this is very simplistic, but I wanted to mention it since reading the “Overview of Procrastination” jarred my mind on it.
And, I thought about writing about this “at some point…” but then I realized I was, in fact, procrastinating. Why not seize the day today?
And so I did… (*****UPDATE!!!!!!****** SEE BELOW!!!!!)
Until next time… 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
******UPDATE!!!!!!*******UPDATE!!!!!!****** News Flash!!!!! I FINALLY finished the book, AND I just wrote my guts out over my experiences with it… If you care to read the full story – Here it is: INTRODUCTION to my Review of “The Procrastination Cure – 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off (includes some background)……