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Thursday, March 22, 2007 by  
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The subject of procrastination comes up all the time when people email me. Some people are under the mistaken impression that I don’t have a problem with procrastination, and that I have some secret anti-procrastination tricks to share with them. I’m happy to say that over the past four years I’ve made significant improvements in the area of procrastination, but it is an issue I wrestle with on a regular basis.

Let’s start on a positive note: how have I improved? Well, giving up weed back in 2003 made about a 10,000-fold improvement in and of itself. Once I gave up pot, I gained a tremendous amount of drive and focus. I know – how weird?! 😉

Once I began to exercise and eat a proper diet, those things gave me more energy and I began to feel better about myself and my body. When you feel good about yourself, it’s natural to want to take better care of the things around you.

The above items made the biggest difference in my life. Now the yard always looks great, the bills get paid the day they come in the mail (online banking gets honorable mention here), projects around the house are no longer put off, my cars are washed on a regular basis, the house is clean… (well…at least cleaner – there’s room for improvement there!) Needless to say my meals and workouts are a big priority, and I enjoy their regularity because they provide a solid foundation for the other areas of my life.

So, those are some pretty major improvements! I’m proud of myself for those things, because up until about four years ago I neglected them all.

That said, I am well aware of other areas in my life where I continue to procrastinate. As I eluded above, I’d like to keep the house cleaner than I do. It’s certainly not a pigpen, but with pets and the dry Florida dust it tends to get dirty quicker than I care to deal with it.

Of course I’d like to continue to grow John Stone Fitness as a company, and there are many ideas in my head, but I am very bad about getting some of those ideas off the ground. A perfect example is the JSF Gear. All of those items need to be re-designed with the “new” logo (it’s been over a year now, so “new” is not really an appropriate word anymore). Part of the reason I’ve been putting it off is because I’m not very good with designs, and it’s not work I enjoy at all. That’s not a very good excuse, I know.

My advice is to be self-aware. Be honest about your weaknesses and what you could do better. Make a list of things you want to improve on, and then strive to do a little better each day.

I’d better wrap this up, I’ve got a lot to do today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day!

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