Persistent or Purposeful Procrastination?

I got a note recently from one of my clients about procrastination. He was thanking me for part of last summer’s eCourse that helped him understand something about his behavior as it relates to persistent and/or purposeful procrastination.

In his words, “I have finally discovered my procrastination formula. It’s one part procrastination to four parts priority.”

Before he figured this out, he would do all sorts of decluttering or side projects before ever getting to his priorities. Then he found after doing all these time-gobbling activities (which made him feel “busy”), there wasn’t time to focus on those aforementioned priorities. All his energy and focus had gone to less-important activities.

After revisiting the eCourse from last summer and re-reading about the three faces of procrastination, he now begins his day listing his critical first priorities. He gives himself a small window to organize or declutter (probably because it calms his mind) and then he dives straight into those big items.

1 part deliberate and purposeful procrastination + 4 parts high priority activities = getting a whole lot more important stuff done!

When you find yourself in procrastination mode, stop yourself and figure out what’s going on. Give yourself a few minutes of an activity that settles your mind and then dive right into your big items. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of tricking your noggin’ into cooperating!

Make Some Room,


Your Essential Business Systems

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Focus on Five – How to Organize Your Five Essential Business Systems (TM)

A couple nights ago, I had the chance to talk with Paige, an attendee of my half-day Five Essential Business Systems workshop I taught at Blue Ridge Community College late last year. It’s based on my book Focus on Five: How to Organize Your Five Essential Business Systems (which I wrote in 2013).

Paige and her husband have been professional farmers for quite a few years, first in Atlanta and now here in Western NC. The amount of food those two people produce (with just a bit of help from interns and volunteers) at Pitch Pine Organic Farm is amazing. And their vegetables are beautiful and delicious!

I wanted to speak to Paige because she and her hubby have been running businesses for so long, I was worried about how much value she got from my workshop. Lots of experience means having it all figured out, right?

Turns out, Paige loved the workshop and shared how the logical progression of the workshop through the five systems really helped her look strategically (and with new eyes) at each area of her business.

She realized one area specifically was causing her a lot of angst – her financial paperwork and data entry. She felt inefficient when she tried to sit down to work on it. And she worried about redundancy because she couldn’t always remember where she stopped the last time she did the entries.

So, after my workshop, she sat down, wrote herself a process, and created a working checklist.

Now, she knows the exact steps to go through to keep herself focused and efficient. She confessed she’s spending HALF as much time on this project because she’s not confused about what to do next. In the past that confusion would lead her to getting sidetracked and/or quitting altogether (after all, there were weeds to pull and plants to nurture). Now, every other week, she’s a lean, mean, focused financial machine!

And she told me she got her craft area organized, too, after taking my workshop. The other day she wanted to print some new business cards and felt some familiar anxiety about finding the paper. She walked into her craft area and there it was: a labeled bin with the business card printing templates.

Getting organized and systematized does a business – and a business owner – good.

Make Some Room,


Your Weary Mind

I see your weary mind. I feel your weary mind. I see it and feel it in my friends and in my clients.

Did you know forty-two percent of Americans didn’t take ANY vacation days in 2014.

Are you one of the 42 percent?

If so, stop reading this right now. Pull out your calendar and schedule a week’s vacation.

Your weary mind will thank you for it.

Make Some Room,


P.S. “Every person needs a time out, away from stressful jobs, pressures from employers or clients, home responsibilities, etc., Everyone deserves to enjoy, visit unknown places, try other things, meet a lot of new friends, and feel at the top of the world. Life is full of fun, excitement, and adventure. Thus, vacation is an experience that’s worth remembering for a lifetime. It heals a weary mind and soul.” ― Alon Calinao Dy

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