Procrastinators have heard it all. We’re more creative; we’re not as creative. We can’t handle deadlines; we need deadlines. We make good business people; we don’t make good business people. So what’s up?
From my experience, my mistakes, and by observing friends, employees and outside contractors as well as online sellers, I would say the news is good: Procrastinators can succeed in life and business. I know people who MUST have a deadline — usually initiated by an outside factor, such as a boss — to keep them in line. As long as they’re happy, so be it.
However, procrastinators also can (and often do) convert. Some procrastinators become entrepreneurs and are motivated by an eBay sale or a new client. All entrepreneurial endeavors include deadlines as a natural aspect of doing business. Realize this home truth, and look for those moments that help propel your spirit into action. May your built-in deadlines be many!
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I am forever thankful for so many lifestyle perks I’ve gained since becoming an entrepreneur. I once worked in a Fruit of the Loom plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. We clocked in and out. Later, in radio, there were strict daily deadlines — and a never-ending supply of program directors to defer to. The number-one benefit to owning my own business is the independence to be able to take moments during the day to enjoy my life on my own timetable. I’d love to hear from you. Tell me about a lifestyle element you’ve enjoyed since becoming an entrepreneur.
Without deadlines, it’s hard to finish projects. Deadlines have saved my career and my business. In my industry, you have to be on the air at a certain time, in the zone and ready to go. No matter what has happened in your life or to you personally that week, or that day, the show must go on. Without deadlines, most CEOs would not succeed. Make deadlines for yourself. Put tasks on a calendar. and make them pop up on your screen each morning. Make a chart. so you can chart your progress toward your deadlines. The goal is to complete the project or task in the timeframe you projected. It will help you grow your business.