Procrastination can hang over an entrepreneur’s head like a heavy, black, overbearing cloud.
- No one to give you a deadline.
- No one to mark you down on your performance review.
- No built-in bonus for hitting your target date.
Instead what you see ahead are long stretches hours of work with unquestionable rewards. Will people buy your ecourse? Will enough of them buy to justify all the time and the resources (read: $$) that you’re bound to sink into this thing?
Humph. If those heady concerns and questions aren’t all reasons to procrastinate, I don’t know what are.
Procrastination is a Familiar Foe
Just before the winter holidays I was working with a solopreneur who was setting out to create what sounded like a wonderful course for her tribe… That she had no idea would sell or not.
I talked her through the validation process (see this blog post for more). We mapped out a plan for her to complete her course step-by-step. Gave it dates.
And when she stood back and looked at all the tasks ahead, she balked. All of a sudden her husband and children had pressing needs for her time (funny how that happens). She somehow justified postponing the whole project “until the spring” when she figured those demands on her time would ease up.
Procrastination had come to sit on her shoulder and what had seemed like the perfect time to work on her online course became the worst time (“What was I thinking?!”). And she fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker.
Are you sure you won’t?
How Not to Succumb to Procrastination
Creating an ecourse IS overwhelming. No doubt about it. There are a zillion things to do, many of which you probably haven’t done before and frankly aren’t sure how to tackle.
Grab a paper bag and breathe deeply into it….
Okay, you’re back.
When you start to feel overwhelmed by all the razzle-dazzle that goes into making your ecourse, ASK AND CHOP.
This is the priceless advice from authors Jason Selk and Tom Bartow (in their amazing book, Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain your Mind.
So, what’s this with Ask and Chop?
Here’s how Selk and Bartow explain it:
You ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I can get done next?” And then you “chop” that activity down into the first step of action.
So let’s say you’re stewing in the “OMG this ecourse thing is MASSIVE and I feel utterly immobilized” soup. Slooowwww down. Take a deep breath. And look at the first step in front of you. Just that. Attack just that.
After that thing is done, keep yourself from sliding back into the OMG soup by starting again:
Ask and Chop
What is the most important thing you can get done next?
Then chop that into the first step of action.
If you have no idea what those actions are, get a hold of my roadmap for creating an ecourse. In it I lay out the process step by step.
What if procrastination DOESN’T GO AWAY?
Okay, it happens. (And if it didn’t, wouldn’t being a solopreneur be almost a cinch?!)
I’ve tackled procrastination in another post in which I talk about even more favorite procrastination busting techniques.
Or, cut to the chase and…
Get *20* Sticky Techniques to Keep You on Track!
Yes, that’s 20 techniques!
The Ask & Chop technique is #19. Just think of all the other techniques you could use!! You are bound to find something that will fit you perfectly!
GOOD LUCK! And let me know if I can help!