Procrastination! Your Day ARE Numbered!

Soooo here I am again…Humm… Today I’m going to address a serious issue that affects so many of us. PROCRASTINATION! The bane of our existence! ARGH!!! From my great years of experience at procrastinating I’ve learned several things:

1. It affects your school work. Like being academically dismissed from the university for having a 1.97 GPA because you missed deadlines or waited for the last minute? Procrastinating will do that to you.

2. Having the state and federal government after you to file your taxes from several years back? Because I can’t find any of the W-2’s that are somewhere in the room. Procrastination.

3. Gaining over 60 pounds because tomorrow is another day to exercise and now it takes a while to walk and some times it’s hard to breath? Procrastination.

4. Sent to the collection agencies for failure to pay on time and now the credit card companies don’t even want my business? Procrastination.

5. Coming up with great song ideas and lyrics and just keep collecting them until I have over 80 possible songs that I’ve never finished? Procrastination.

6. Collecting/buying instruments for years to learn to play but always find something else to do? Procrastination

7. Have a whole wall sectioned off for my home-based business but never really learned to perfect the product because I’m busy entertaining myself? Procrastination.

I can’t remember anything else from the top of my head but as I remember them I’ll keep updating this post.

In order to move forward, majority of us need some form of organization. I know there are people that are spontaneous and it works for them. I wish I was spontaneous but the reality for me is that I’d forget everything if I didn’t write it somewhere. What is worse is that I have to set an alarm in order to check my schedule or I’d forget to check my schedule. ARGH!! Some people may think that maybe I have ADD. I know I don’t have ADD and the problem is that my head feels cluttered with an overload of information. So I’m limiting the amount of information to the ones I really need to get me back on track with my life.

I guess my first place to start is..MY BEDROOM!. On the next post I’ll talk about the different system(s) I might try to help me in the bedroom.

Sincerely,

I Am Isabel

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Educating Myself

I read in a book called “From The Trash Man To The Cash Man” that,

“Rich people educate themselves while poor people entertain themselves.”

I know that not all poor people entertain themselves and not all rich people educate themselves. I still thought about that quote for a while and I had to admit that one of my great waste of time is watching TV or being in the internet. I could spend about 5-10 hours a day watching anything from American series to foreign series to reading manga and searching for free online books. All of these great time wasters were for the sole purpose of relaxing after a hard day at work.

I also learned that time is a resource that can be wasted and never regained. The book taught me that my time is worth so much more than what I thought. Knowing this, I decided that since I don’t know ANYTHING about running a business I should read up on other successful people, get other business books and see if I learned anything that could be applied to my fledgeling home-based business.

I decided to start my research in the library. I bet you are asking “If the internet is there why go to the library?” I guess it’s because I miss looking at the shelves of books full of adventure and knowledge that has helped us for generations when we sought information. Since this is a beginning of a new life, I felt I should go to the library in  my search and romantically roamed through the shelves while the scent of the pages in the books gave me the feeling that I was close to the knowledge I was seeking. The following is a list of books that I borrowed from the library:

1.  Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson

2. Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons From A Long, Strange Trip by Barry Barnes PhD

3.  Jesus, Inc. – The Visionary Path: An Entrepreneur’s Guide To True Success by Laurie Beth Jones

4.  Scrappy Startups: How 15 Ordinary Women Turned Their Unique Ideas into Profitable Businesses by Melanie R. Kevelest

5. The Complete Idiot’s Guide To: Starting Your Own Business by Ed Paulson

6. True To Yourself: Leading A Values-Based Business by Mark Albion

As I read these books I’ll be posting my musings and what I’ve learned and hopefully can apply to myself and business.
Sincerely,

I Am Isabel

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? The Case for Entrepreneurship Studies (grasshopper.com)