The High Cost Of Procrastination

How does procrastination affect your network marketing business? This past weekend I watched a tourism commercial for the state of Michigan that really brought home the effects of procrastination.

In the ad, it stated all we get is about twenty-five thousand mornings!

At first twenty-five thousand sounds like a huge number, roughly 68 years. How often have you said to yourself, I’ll take care of that tomorrow or next week or sometime. If you are like most of us, we do it quite often. We never really think about the day we’ve just wasted.

As an employee of a company, maybe it doesn’t matter much. Yet, as a small home business owner we really don’t have that luxury of not caring about a wasted day.

If we get paid to talk to people, move products and services, each day that we take no action to move our business forward is a lost opportunity. Time is something that we can never recover, it really is not our friend.

For those of us in network marketing it is far to easy to procrastinate and their are many reasons for it. Often, we will feel that we are being pushed outside our comfort zone.

We know we must talk to people, in order to build relationships. Yet if we don’t know what to say, we will go back to studying a script, or anything else that will keep us from prospecting.

Each day we will come up with something new that prevents us from moving forward and reaching our goals. Before you know it a day, then a week, a month, maybe even a year has gone by.

How can you help yourself and your business partners?

You could start by holding yourself accountable, generally though this does not work. It is too easy to talk yourself out of doing what you should be doing to build your business.

The best solution would be for you and your downline to hold each other accountable. Leaders Club has taught this principle for years. One of the tools they use is tracking, and it does require learning the proper way to track.

Poor time management leads to procrastination. As a small business owner it is up to you to manage your time, it is your clock that your punching! Blocking out a time to work your business each day is a good starting point.

A good contact management program, that tracks tasks, appointments and projects can also help you stay focused. Generally if we have a clear direction with tasks laid out in front of us, it will help reduce the tendency to procrastinate.

There are many things we can do, yet in the end it really is up to you to make the decision. Do you want your network marketing business to be successful or not?

What’s your solution to fighting procrastination, if all we get is about twenty-five thousand days how will you spend them?

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