Perfectionism and procrastination have been around for a very lonnng time. As far as I can tell, for at least couple of thousand years
“Well begun is half done.” -Aristotle 384 B.C.-322 B.C.
That is my mantra for today. Something WILL get done today!
Many of my readers may recall that I said I’d get back to posting more often. I have been embarrassed and somewhat ashamed that I didn’t hold true to that intention. I got super busy on some really great client projects. I’ve been working with several new clients who are super talented and whose projects were seemingly far more “important” and exciting than cleaning up my own online marketing.
Does that ever happen to you?
I finally took the advice I often give my clients and finally got an admin assistant; I off-loaded some tasks to her that I should not be spending my time on. That freed me up to get back to the website project.
It was hard to find the time to interview and hire someone but I finally did it. I know from my photo rep business experience when had a staff of two, just how much more productive I became. Letting go of micromanaging all aspects of the business led to an increase in creativity and sales.
So in the wisdom that taking a baby step forward is still taking a step forward, I’m going to do what I can with the time that I do have and take a step forward today.
And then take another tomorrow.
And if you ever were interested in learning about the even DEEPER reasons we procrastinate, here’s a great article (it’s over 10 years old but still applies) from WIRED
One of the article’s takeaways: ” It doesn’t matter if we’re engaging in deliberate practice or studying algebra – the most necessary activities are often the least pleasant. Furthermore, success requires that people learn how to exert effort for extended periods of time, engaging in 10,000 hours of practice (+/- 5000 hours), suffering through 12 years of school and going through draft after draft. There are no shortcuts: even those blessed with raw talent still need to stay on task. Practice is never optional.”