44 – Procrastination

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Most people view it in a negative light, the putting off of a task for one reason or another. Is procrastination an evil to be overcome, or a natural part of the creative process? James and Ezra weigh differing beliefs in this episode of ThinkActGet.

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Beat procrastination by prioritizing

Covered in the episode:

01:58 – Finally got around to Procrastination
02:30 – Is procrastination necessarily bad?
04:26 – A point of disagreement
05:40 – How James battled creative procrastination
08:29 – The power of visualization
09:36 – Derek Sivers: Keep goals secret
09:58 – Beat it by being real
10:45 – Why accountability matters
11:45 – Commitment and the trap of the lifetime product
13:22 – Understanding your natural work rhythm
15:25 – Automation and deadlines are your best friends
16:38 – The no. 1 time-eater
19:00 – Urgent vs. important
21:37 – Is it a “meh”?
22:12 – Instant Influence: Why it’s a valuable framework
23:15 – A live demo of the framework
25:11 – Weekly Wager – Run the Framework on yourself
26:05 – Smart Marketer Live in September, SFB Live next year
27:31 – Listener feedback
32:58 – Think About It quotes

 

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  • dave market

    I am a definite right brain thinker, procrastination sometimes comes from intuition for me, As James touched on, the mulling over of a decision can save me from making “passion based decisions” that might conflict with a harsh reality result. 🙂
    Thanks guys I always enjoy each episode, I have listened to them all.

  • Amy Boehnert

    Thank you for the awesome episode! I loved how you discussed changing your future plans to better align with your interests/abilities, so that you don’t put yourself in the position of procrastinating in the future. This has been key for me lately! In my own business, I am actively trying to tap into what inspires me rather than trying so hard to motivate myself. When I am inspired, it simply doesn’t feel like work.

  • i just did the dishes while listening to this episode and decided to procrastinate more on the things that don’t matter…
    thank you!
    °sig

  • Hey guys! Have not commented in a while, but still here lurking in the background. Thanks for the episode on Procrastination! I needed to hear that right now!

    Boooom!