How To Avoid Procrastination – get started!

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Not sure where to get started? Procrastination is bad. You better just do it!

To get anywhere in life, you have to be prepared to do some work. The same applies as a poker affiliate; if you want to get anywhere with your business and make money, you have to be prepared to put the hours in. At the end of the day, the amount of effort you put into your sites will show up in your affiliate accounts, so it’s a good idea to work to the best of your ability at all opportunities. To simply get started.

However, there is always the small matter of procrastination that always seems to manage to creep into everyday life to offset your productivity.

Working for yourself as an online poker affiliate means that you choose your own hours, and never have anyone on your back pressuring you to get work done. Whilst this is a dream come true for most people, it is the very reason as to why we are so susceptible to procrastination and find ourselves whittling away at our valuable ‘working’ time.

If you think back to your time in school or in past/current jobs, I’m sure that you can remember having to knuckle down from time to time. If there was a report or essay that needed to be in on a specific date, you would normally be able to get it in on time for fear of suffering the consequences from your boss or teacher. But now without this lack of pressure, we are pretty much free to work as little or as much as we like.

When I first started as an affiliate, I used to enjoy sitting down at my computer preparing for a few hours of work. I liked the thought that I would be developing my business in some way, so it never really felt like real work. At first I would just start up my laptop, check a few emails, go through my stats from the day before, browse over a few forums and see how my traffic was doing. However, this would almost always be the starting point for long periods of procrastination.

There always seemed to be that one piece of statistical information that I had to check over again, or that one email inbox that I had to refresh to see if there was anything new. I also had to scour the Internet Marketing forums for any new gems of information that popped up, spending a good time to make sure I left no stone unturned. At the time it seemed like a pretty productive thing to do for me and my sites, because after all I was working… wasn’t I?

Get started and do things!

Taking a step back and looking at where all this ‘work’ got me, I can safely say that it didn’t get me very far. It’s interesting to check your stats and browse forums, but it rarely contributes anything to the development of your business. You will never have anything to show for all the time you spend checking stats each day. So it’s important that you get focused and get started doing things that will get your business moving, rather than just sitting back and looking at it.

I feel that things started to really change for me when I gave myself a ‘to do’ list for each day, with a simple sentence to highlight a different thing I could do within my working hours. After completing one thing, I could just cross it off and do whatever was next on the list, working my way down the page from day to day. Being able to physically see what needed to be done helped me to get focused and allowed me to work on the important stuff, rather than delaying the real work through procrastination.

I would find that I could do more in about an hour and a half with a to-do list in front of me than I would within 4 or 5 hours without one. All the time procrastinating just padded out the working hours made me waste big chunks of my day doing nothing important.

In my opinion, the cause of procrastination is not necessarily the laziness of the individual, but the lack of focus on what needs to be done. If you just have work floating around in your head, it’s hard to pick and choose between what you need to do next.

It may be a bit primitive, but I always like to keep a sheet of paper on my desk listing all the things that need to be done. It’s always there staring me in the face, so it helps to keep a safe distance between me and procrastination. At the end of the day, it’s the ability to see the work in front of me that pushes me to get things done, rather than mull about all day getting no where and making no money.

So get your paper, whiteboard, notepad file or whatever you want to use, and get started writing a short to do list. You will realise that all the stat checking and forum browsing that you once did is never something that you needed to do, and you will be setting yourself on the right track to making more money more quickly.

The harder you work, the more money you make. However, you can check your stats as hard as you like, but nothing is going to change.

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