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Gearing Up to a Better 2018!

I used to hate writing on a blank white screen - I thought the lack of a toolbar or little writing nuances took away from it feeling like I am writing a blog post, but as I am writing this, I realize that I am wrong. Writing on a blank page feels more authentic. It feels like a blank space. 

Anyway, I wanted to write one last post in 2017 because I am thoroughly done with this year. As opposed to years in the past, I truly feel this year was a "sideline year". A year in which I did hardly anything and just watched everyone do the things I want to do on the sideline. I cheered people on this year - strangers all over the internet building and creating and doing the things I wanted to do this year. Course I planned to launch, podcast episodes I wanted to publish, or even that book I wanted to write. None of it happened for me. 

It was my fault. 

I was in my head. I was too comfortable at my day job. It was too easy to collect a pay check, grab a couple of clients, and let everything else go. 

I worried about things like dinner and what I was going to wear and who I was going to meet and what I was going to watch on Netflix or Hulu next. 

I remember a time when I was a teenager and I told my classmates that I never watched TV and it was true. At the very most, I watched an hour or two of TV on Sundays after I had accomplished what I wanted for the week and my family decided to play a movie or some random reality TV show. Other than that, my sole enjoyment used to be surfing the inter webs and doing research to make my websites look the best. 

I spent 10+ hours on the computer each day and even when I accomplished small things - this is when I felt the most productive growing up. 

Now I barely want to look at my own laptop's screen when I get home from my job after sitting in a cubicle with my two screens staring back at me. 

This was a problem. 

But next year, oh boy. Next year, I'm going to do it. I'm going to do everything I've wanted to do and even if it doesn't work out - it still beats having a repeat of 2017. 

2018 - I'm coming for ya and its going to be great!

2017,  I've already said goodbye to you and reviewed my year on this post. 

See y'all on the other side!

Zobia & Fluffy

 

How to Stop Procrastinating

Want to know how to stop procrastinating?

I'll let you in my secret.

But before I do, I have to explain to you how at some point in my entrepreneurial career I thought that being a procrastinator was my secret weapon to getting things done. 

When I first started building my business as my part-time side hustle, I put things off until the VERY last minute. I believed that knowing the deadline is approaching lit a fire under my ass that only a procrastinator would enjoy and pushed me forward to getting the task done. I would put it off until the day the project was due and started and finished the project the same day. 

As I progressed in my business, starting working with more clients, and juggling more than one business venture - I realized my secret weapon to getting things done was an illusion. It was no longer going to work towards my advantage and in fact it would slow me down. I realized that procrastinating would overwhelm me with a constant fire under my ass that left me feeling drained and unproductive.

Think about it, if you leave everything to do for the last minute and you have something due on a Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and you're constantly working from completing one task right after the other instead of making steps towards all your tasks, by Friday you're going to be exhausted. 

It was hard for me to change my habits, but I discovered something. 

If every time I feel like procrastinating over a task I need to accomplish I take the smallest step possible towards the task, I find myself taking the next smallest step and then another one after that and before I know it, I am working on accomplishing my tasks slowly, but surely. 

Sometimes what makes us procrastinators is the daunting idea of completing a huge task or project, but what we don't realize is the longer we put it off the bigger and more daunting it seems. And, when you finally get to doing the task (which is usually last minute) the harder it feels to finish. 

Whereas if you take small steps and continue to take small steps, you'll be tricking yourself into finishing the task in less time and less frustration!

Another thing you can do is when you feel like procrastinating and not working on the task at hand, instead of reaching for social media and distracting yourself with other forms of entertainment, work on a different task! For example, when I was building my course, the DIY Business Plan, there were days where I did not want to work on anything that had to do with the course so instead I decided to write a blog post or write my weekly Sunday e-mail to you guys! I distracted myself by using my energy towards a different task and it fueled me to keep being productive and eventually work my way into working on my course. 

I'll leave you guys with this. If you can do one thing today that will make you feel productive, go take your first step and DO IT

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Zobia Alvi