Stop Procrastinating! Don't Just Learn, Do!

Are you a procrastinator? If you had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have told you “of course not!” I mean, come on! I kind of pride myself on being highly productive and organized. The word “procrastination” doesn’t really fit the bill! But then life started to happen… the holidays came and went… and suddenly, I looked up and realized that I wasn’t being very productive. Yes, I was still organized. And yes, I was soaking in all kinds of amazing information, but something was missing. All I knew was that I was feeling overwhelmed, overworked, tired, and just plain frustrated.

And then it hit me.

You know when you have one of those big “aha” moments, but it’s the totally embarrassing kind. Like the “Oh man, I totally should have known better” moments.

Well, that was me. And here it is….

I was using organization and learning {two of my biggest business passions} to procrastinate.

I know I’m not the only one who has done this because as soon as I pinpointed my problem, I scoped about it and realized that many of you ladies struggle with the same thing.

If we were at one of those group meetings, I’d stand up and say “Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m addicted to printables, getting organized, and learning. Today is my {insert large number} day to stop procrastinating!"

I was using learning to procrastinate!

You heard me right - I was using learning to procrastinate! If you’re not sure if you’re a learning addict, here’s your sign…. Learning addicts love learning. You'll find us purchasing the newest course, downloading the free guide, reading the latest blog posts, and hopping on scopes and podcasts. We have no problem getting in our personal development reading for the day. In fact, I probably spend an average of 1-2 hours a day learning. I walk away from every scope, every training module, and every podcast with incredible information and ideas, many of which I need to implement ASAP.

That's good, right? Always learning. Always growing. Always getting smarter.

But the problem is, learning addicts tend to spend so much time learning that we forget to leave time for implementation. So we learn and we learn and we learn and we never DO. And that's a big problem. In business, this translates to stagnant growth. We get stuck. We stand still. And we don’t move forward. Sure, we know what to do – we are an encyclopedia for what to do. It's the DOING where we get hung up!

The 12-step program to stop procrastinating. {It's actually only one step!}

The beauty of "learning addiction" is that there isn’t a 12-step program you have to complete to stop this form of procrastination. In fact, there's only one step!

What I challenge myself to do, what I challenge my clients to do, and what I want to challenge fellow learning addicts {or really any procrastinator, no matter what your preferred method} to do is this:

As we head into Q2 and we start to evaluate where we are at from a goals perspective, one goal that I want you to consider adding to your list -- one time slot you need to add to your week -- is a 1-3 hour block of implementation. As Nike would say, "Just do it!"

@@Don’t just learn, do! Add 1-3 hours of implementation and watch the momentum build!@@

Seriously... I now have three of these blocks built into my week! And it's made all the difference.

Just do it!

As you’re listening to a podcast, as you’re listening to a scope, as you’re soaking in all of this incredible information and you're crafting these phenomenal ideas for improvements in your business or in your life or in your blog, rather than just taking notes or saying “Hey, I should do that”, “Ooh, that’s a great idea!”, or “That’s going on my to-do list for sure”, I want us to spend a few hours each week actually doing, implementing, and taking action.

I’ll give you an example from this past winter. In true Rachel, learning-addict fashion, I had heard no less than 4 messages about the importance of website tag lines. I had taken copious notes, and I knew that I needed to update mine. But I never sat down and implemented. I never set aside time to brainstorm and say, “Ok, does my tagline make sense for my brand? Does it make sense for my niche? Does it explain what I do and who I want to help?” And the answer {of course} was no, it didn't.  But I just kept thinking about doing it.

I procrastinated. Big time.

And here’s the crazy part... the doing – the actual implementation – took a total of 5 minutes. Why did I wait so long?!

Stop procrastinating: don't just learn, do!

And so today even right now, {yes, grab a pen – this blog post officially became a workshop!} I want you to stop reading and start working on that list of things that you’ve been meaning to do but you haven’t done. That list of things that you know would propel your business forward, propel your life forward, connect you closer to your spouse, or connect you closer to your family.

Step 1: Write down this list. But don’t stop there.

Step 2: Pick a time and start implementing.

Seriously. Set aside a time every single week from now until the end of the year and implement.

Implement, implement, implement.

Start implementing the items on your list, little by little, and watch the amazing momentum that you build simply from putting into action all of the tangible and practical information that you spent so much time learning.

Yes, learning is important. Yes, being part of a mentorship program, having an online coach, having someone to guide and lead and teach you ---- all of these things are important and are critical to your success.

But if you just learn and you never do, you’ll never grow. You’ll never move forward. And I want you to look back a year from now and say “Wow!”

So go! Stop reading! Start doing!

Seriously! Go!

XOXO

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