31 Comments

  1. Evelyne McNamara
    January 19, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

    My procrastination is that I’m afraid of success. Don’t get me wrong, I desperately NEED success. But I think, deep inside, I think I’m a sham. I write about maintaining a healthy weight but I struggle with it too. And I know that’s normal and I should probably share that with my readers, but I’m afraid I’ll lose all credibility especially if I want to see a course. Who wants to buy from someone who isn’t 100% rock solid? I have some steps regarding social media marketing and optimizing my blog posts that I know will probably push me into the limelight a bit more, but I’m afraid to do them for fear that I won’t be able to keep up.

    Things that I HAVE done:

    I gave notice at my job and will be blogging full-time in May. I promised myself I’d be earning SOME income by then, so it’s really lighting a fire under me.

    I’m starting to outline and plan for a course. So far, all income – pathetically low – has been through affiliate marketing. I want to expand that, but also need other sources of income so I can have some ongoing security.

    That’s about it. I can’t WAIT to start EBA and I really hope it will help me propel myself forward so I can make my blog and business a money-making venture.

  2. Katelyn
    January 19, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    Procrastination is not the number one thing I deal with when I comes to the business but I can relate to several of the things you wrote in your blog post. I am new to blogging as a business but I have been part of a family owned and operated business that is brick-and-mortar for the last 20 years. It is amazing how similar yet very different the two kinds of businesses are.
    I am so excited to start the EBA classes!
    I decided to start a blog in the summer of 2016 as a different type of business venture and supplemental income. And I was able to launch it in the end of November 2016! Right when I found out about your class I signed up- it was something I didn’t want to procrastinate about.
    Now that I am about to take your course I am even more excited about the places I could go! All of the information we have been sent thus far has not only helped to shape my new blog. It has also been very helpful in my brick-and-mortar business.
    Can’t wait to find out more !

    • Kathlene Tuengel
      January 19, 2017 @ 10:23 pm

      I hear you…I also am afraid that i cannot get acrpss to my followers and I will fail, not thar I want to fail, but I never continue anyhing longvenough because I get scared, scared I guess hat I will make it, and maybe because It might be hard work that I cannot accomplish. I do not like letting my friends know that I am afraid to be sucessful, I cannot figure out why that scares me. Maybe because my dad always said I would not amount to any thing in life.

      I am excited about starting the EBA classes also, to prove to myself hat I can achieve my dream goal, to accomplish my business and not becashamed that I can do it on my own. Thank you for sharing how ypu feel, makes me want to hold your hand and say you can do this.

      Weight is another accomplishment I fail at, mainly because I don’t follow through, maybe when i find faith in myself, I will be able to accomplish this task also.

  3. Michelle
    January 19, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    Fear that I am NOT GOOD ENOUGH

    I have some ideas for ebooks/courses that I think could really be beneficial to people, and two years ago I started writing them…but I keep thinking it’s not good enough, I need to add more, make it better, expand it (basically never finish) because they will never be ‘good enough’.

    I am afraid of failure. What if I pour my heart and soul into my books, blog, writing and never succeed? All that time and energy will be gone, I will feel like an idiot, I will have even less confidence to tackle difficult tasks.

    I am afraid of success – as the comment above suggested, I may not have the time/energy/perseverance/skills/motivation to continue. And I understand “success” brings its own challenges and how well will I be able to handle those challenges?

    Of course I know these are all irrational fears, as I remind myself of what an incredibly strong, intelligent, independent woman I am – completed graduate school, survived divorce and single parenting, have a successful career (which I want to leave), etc.

    We CAN do this. I know we can. Thank you for this push.

  4. Jill
    January 19, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    I’m procrastinating on finalizing the design of my blog.

    First, I have no clue what I’m doing! I tend to be the type of person who sticks to what I know. If I’m not “good” at something, I tend to avoid it all together. Can anyone say, perfectionist?!? Starting a blog has helped me recognize how this has been holding me back. I’m now trying to be patient and enjoy the process of learning new things.

    Second, I’m scared! Once I finish the design, I won’t have any more excuses to post and put myself out there. Makes me feel like I went to work without any clothes on! Eek! Being vulnerable is the worst!

    I will finish designing my blog by February 15th so that can hit the ground running when EBA starts! So excited!

    • Kathlene Tuengel
      January 19, 2017 @ 10:27 pm

      This is well said, my fears also of not being good enough. I thought I was the only one who felt like this. Thank you for sharing. I hope we all overcome our fears.

  5. Kelly
    January 19, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

    I am procrastinating working on my own blog/business. It’s so much easier to help someone else achieve their goals! So, I put off my own blog and work for others on their blogs. My action plan to ‘fix’ this is taking EBA. I don’t know when I’ll get it done because I don’t know how long it will take me to get through the course, but I’m going to do it! I have mapped out time for working on client work, time for household duties, and time for my blog (EBA course). I *will* remain focused once EBA starts — except for when my Fitbit buzzes, telling me to get up and move around a bit. But, that’s all part of the plan, too!!

  6. Joey
    January 19, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

    I am procrastinating taking the leap to learning how to use my blog and my products to grow and make money. I have an operating website and a product that I could sell.

    I think I avoid doing this for a couple of reasons. I feel bad taking so much time trying to figure it out or doing the work because I work full-time. I feel bad not being present with my family when I am home. The other reason is like a lot of others on here. Once you put yourself out there you have to be ready to accept the rejection that might be coming. I think what I have to share is valuable, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be able to grow a business out of it.

    This is the year, after a couple or years thinking about it, I am doing EBA! I’ve been working hard on the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit to help me get ready. I am going to finish the SEO course by the end of January.

  7. Barb Sturrock
    January 19, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

    I am procrastinating with the Avatar project that you assigned us a couple of weeks ago. I am scared that I will mess it up and try writing for the wrong people. My blog/business will not be going active until February 1st, so I don’t now have a following that I can draw from. My intention is to become an Accountability Coach with some home/life tips & tricks for cleaning, cooking, and keeping your life in balance.

    I know funny huh? An Accountability Coach wanna be and scared to take the next step.

    I have decided that today is the day I will start on my Avatar and I will have my person by Saturday night at the latest.

    Please someone, check in with me tomorrow and give me a kick in the butt if I’m not on track.

  8. Missy
    January 19, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

    I am procrastinating on so much!
    I am an executive assistant (housewife) so my days are filled, but all for others.

    Key component for blog going forward would be blog posts. BUT, there is so much I am ignorant on….title, key word, seo, pictures, etc etc. and then I am like a squirrel..doing research but no application.

    I was of the mindset, that I wanted to do it right as I didn’t want to go back and edit posts. What is glamorous about that? lol
    However, I have been getting EBA educated and realize I just need to POST.

    I like the idea of doing that one thing first. So, for me would be to get something posted.
    I would like to have my post ready to publish by Feb 1. This gives me time to edit pics and create post.

    • Margarete
      January 19, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

      I have an idea for those who are struggling with the Avatar assignment…yep, this is the teacher in me coming through! I would start with flipping through a magazine or two and look for a picture of someone who resonates with you. I ended up choosing a young girl in comfy clothes holding a yoga mat. She looked like an all-American girl with a sweet heart, kind soul, and a lifestyle feel of my target audience. I did find the picture after responding to all of the writing prompts, but for some, it may be helpful to tackle the task in reverse. Hope this helps!

  9. Jennifer Attebery
    January 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

    The thing I am procrastinating about doing is actually publishing my blog posts! Right now, it’s just for me and me alone. What scares me is criticism and failure…..My plan of action is to actually finish setting up my blog sight and publish it by my birthday on February 27th….prayers are appreciated!

    • Kathlene Tuengel
      January 19, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

      You seem to have the same problems I am having. I have had the worst time trying to get my blog ready, I don’t understand all the stuff we need to get into place in order to get our blog up and running. What add ons do I sign up on in order to get my page ready. I don’t have a lot of photos to post yet.

      However, I look forward to learn about all rhis from EBA classes.

      Thank you for sharing your houghts.

  10. Deanna Castro
    January 19, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    I just recently realized that I was self-sabotaging my blog because I wasn’t comfortable with being successful. Thankfully I realized what my problem was, and I’m back on track. You are so right, procrastination is sneaky. From reading the comments, so many of us feel the same way and have the same feelings. I love what you said about doing it afraid. Thanks for such a great post.

  11. Kate Campion
    January 19, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

    I get in my head the idea that I have to do something at a specific time… and so I find it hard if I don’t have a time scheduled in, or at the very least a list of priorities. It helps me to say, at such and such o’clock I’ll do this. But if this is thrown off kilter in any way, like I sleep in, or something takes longer than expected, I find it hard to get back on track. So that would be my biggest form of procrastination. I have just got my LWSL planner though and spent a couple of hours today scheduling everything, so hopefully that will help!

  12. TL
    January 19, 2017 @ 10:19 pm

    I procrastinate constantly. It’s my inner legalistic perfectionist bossing me around and trying to ‘protect’ me from failure. The problem is, living in fear keeps me from truly LIVING ( or loving) at all!! I rarely keep my word. I’m always late, spending time on gratifying ‘fun’ stuff and forsaking the ‘expensive best’ for the cheap thrill… cheating myself out of the best of me and the best of life☹️ “Don’t should on yourself!” is a great quote I heard once! It’s condemning law language – the opposite of grace – and breeds rebellion against judgment, not motivation!! I hate living in my head! It’s a war zone!!

    The conversation goes something like this:
    D: “you can’t do this”
    A: right, but with Gods help I can!
    D: you’ll screw it up! You’re not enough!
    A: Right, you’re not enough, but God is, and He’ll bridge the gap if you’ll simply trust Him!
    D: you’ve already failed too far- this is irreparable!
    A: so were you once, and now look at you!! God did THAT!! What can’t He do!!??

    I like it when A: wins.! Sadly, it’s not all that often. I am aspiring artist of all trades, ( prayer, sculpture, poetry, prose, paint, clothing, design…) wife of a man who’s ‘all gas, no brakes’ I live on an urban barnyard, I homeschool 4 kids – sort of. I stink at it right now. We’re in a big transitional season.. where I go insane and send them all away to boarding school- wait, did I just say that out loud???
    I’m mad or stressed all the time it seems. I don’t laugh, I don’t play- according to my son I almost never smile or laugh out loud… but how can I? Eeverything feels so chaotic… there’s no budget, no ones on schedule, the systems are wobbling- some broken… They can barely spell, rarely read, I almost never grade their math, and there’s a VERY long list of failures to accompany these flaws. Life is flying past at breakneck speed and my kids are ‘falling behind’ everyday that I’m not performing as well or better than all of the other options!!! It’s enough pressure to give me an aneurism right here, right now!!! Seriously, I need to be talked out of this panic because what I’m telling you all seems horrifyingly true and is my reality most of the time.

    There’s also an incredible list of excellences. Less tangible, but still positive truths… to be fair, people rave over what lovely humans my children are. Emotionally intelligent, thoughtful, self-controlled, sharp, insightful, mature, contemplative, nurturing, wise, great teammates, polite, kind… etc. my marriage is tough, but strong from being tested by fire and saved by grace… living with myself- nearly intolerable bc my inner nazi is ruthless…

    Ruth has motivated me to think outside my bitter resignation of late- that my life until my children leave home is one of frustrating, stranglehold slavery to the rat wheel of service to others with no time left for personal rest or reward: Laundry, shopping( not the fun kind) cooking, dishes, nag, pity party, repeat…ad nauseam.

    Fearful procrastination keeps me from doing better though. I need to start my schedule based on my need for sanity! My personal Mental health habits need to go in first- NO COMPROMISE!! Then, set the kids up with routines and systems that protect THEIR mental/physical/spiritual health!! A program thats self-grading and gives us all peace of mind and guidance would be great too… but I’m scared… Of what??? Giving something up that I must have hinged my security on somewhere along the line… can’t seem to take the time to stop the rat race, slow down, do the research, find something close enough to my idea that’s worth a try, and lubricate the process of adapting to CHANGE!!!

    Lord help me! It’s like schizophrenia! Too much to do, I’m not enough! Let’s go binge eat chocolate and stay up too late commiserating online instead of tacking that bear!!

    Eek!

  13. Gladys
    January 19, 2017 @ 10:37 pm

    I’m procrastinating on drafting/creating posts for my blog, and also choosing the right theme for my blog. I really want to have it up by the time EBA starts. I think the reason I’m procrastinating is because I’m terrified of making the wrong choices and having it all come crashing down on me. Especially already having invested money into books and this course. “What if that will be the wrong theme? What if that post won’t fit into that category properly? What if my tagline is not specific enough?” I’m such a perfectionist and I’m trying to take a step back and remind myself that it’s ok to change things as I go, it’s only natural that some things may not look the same as when I started. I’m going to sit down and brainstorm post ideas, do research as well to help with that. And also watch tutorials on theme installation (I already know which company I want my child theme from, it’s just a matter of choosing/installing one).

  14. Margarete
    January 19, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

    I’m procrastinating on clearing the paper piles on my desk. The purpose of clearing the space is so that I may have a place to develop my blog and turn it into a prosperous business that will take me away from my current job that is incredibly demanding.

    I fear CHANGE, the unknown, how much money each step of the process will cost, how to do it all myself, and how I will manage long-term on a financial level, if I leave my current job. I wonder how I will keep up time wise with my full time job, my part time jobs, my life responsibilities, and all of the requirements of growing my blogging business. I suppose that I am feeling safer to keep things status quo, that’s why I always avoid tackling my home office tasks. It seems I’ll do everything else efficiently at home, but I can never seem to keep up with what piles up on the desk.

    Here’s my goal: In late Nov. 2016, I actually had a personal organizer come to my home and help me start on the office clearing task. We spent a few hours clearing papers and made great progress. With her help, I can probably complete the task in a few additional hours. My goal is to have the desk clear by January 31st so that I am ready to focus fully on the EBA course that begins in February. This clearing will open up the energy to start making money from my blog, for the first time ever, in 2017.

  15. Kathlene Tuengel
    January 19, 2017 @ 10:57 pm

    I procrastinate because I actually don’t know what I am doing. I have set up account with BlueHost and Word Press but there are so many other supports that want me to sign them up. I have no clue if I need them or not to have a successful blog. I fail at a headline that is catchy, nor what tagline I use.

    I am so ready for class, I want to learn to be successful wirh a blog, I retired at 68, I also adopted four children who are in grade school, and would love to bring in money to help support them through school. I have never been financially secure enough to raise my family from home. This would be such a success for me.

    Thanks to everyone who have shared their feelings. I feel better knowing I am not the only one who has blog fears and success fears.

  16. Susan Mead
    January 20, 2017 @ 12:15 am

    I’m procrastinating taking your productivity course and finishing EBA. What’s that about? Good question. I need to dig deep – am I a blogger, a hobbiest, or do I plan (truly plan) to make this an income producing enterprise?

    I need to determine my intention and act accordingly.

    I’ve been concerned that in the faith based Christian niche, there’s no money to be made when you have a “ministry”. AJ shows that to be false with her Christian Blogger Academy, though!
    Thank you Ruth. You pour out so selflessly and are endlessly encouraging for your tribe. Hugs. Susan

  17. Anastasia Kingsley
    January 20, 2017 @ 3:55 am

    Yep – I’ve been procrastinating finishing Michelle’s Affiliate Marketing course, and even though my blog has been incredibly well received, I am so stuck!!

    No excuses but it’s like my blog writing fingers are on strike!

    Of course I want it to be a business- and ultimately- shall we say Spring 2017? I see myself taking the EBA. Other doors are closing just a little as if to push my career towards blogging.

    If nothing else it’s great to get this out in the open. I like to think of myself as a real go-getter – but everything I’ve ever done has been preceded by fear and trembling like John Wayne said (wink wink). If a tough guy like him had fear then I guess I’m in good company.

    Thanks for posting!

    <3 Anastasia

  18. Shannon
    January 20, 2017 @ 11:18 am

    I can’t even call myself a blogger yet because I keep procrastinating writing my first post.

    I have many ideas but I fear running out of ideas and not being able to provide interesting content for readers.

    I already have a domain waiting for me with WordPress linked to it but haven’t customized a thing yet.

    Basically I have been reading as many books on blogging as I can. I guess I feel studying will help me preare more for blogging, but procrastinating to write, it just increases my anxiety.

    My plan is to finish the book I’m reading now then customize my site. I’ll write write several posts and start adding them and I’ll do this all by February 28th.

    Please, please hold me accountable.

  19. Karen Ploransky
    January 20, 2017 @ 10:42 pm

    My greatest fear is that I will fail. I am nearly 60 years old and honestly, sometimes I wonder why I feel so compelled to do this, except that I truly love it. I have been blogging for about a year seriously and have had some computer related setbacks. Those are hopefully over, but I am at a loss. I have less than 6,000 followers after nearly two years, and virtually no engagement. I am terrified that I have wasted all this time (I actually started the blog as a hobby 4 years ago while caring for my mom and only got serious after she passes last year) and spent all this money for no return. I am praying that the EBA course helps me focus on what I need to accomplish and what next steps I should take. I need focus and a clear plan of action, I need to identify my blogs weaknesses and build on its strengths. I need to do this. I want to do this. I want to provide the kind of content that sustains itself and provides what readers want. I cannot wait for EBA to start!

  20. Barb Nichols
    January 21, 2017 @ 9:40 am

    I procrastinate because I like feeling in control and I have a huge need for affirmation. I’m a pleaser by nature and that includes pleasing my self by doing things really well. If I feel unable to do things “well” then I put it off. Blogging is intimidating to me. Getting followers seems daunting. Who would really want to read my blog?? I’m not as good as… These are some of the voices in my head. So then I just put off figuring things out and putting up posts. I over think. I need to just DO IT SCARED! This is timely for me to just be reading this Saturday morning. I’m scheduled for a photography class that is an advanced class. In my head, I’m scared I don’t know enough. I want to look competent. I’m scared. But I’m going to “Do it scared!”
    I’m so looking forward to EBA.

  21. Tara
    January 21, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

    I keep procrastinating life…that’s a thing, right? Being a mom of two young (toddler) girls, there is obviously way more to do in a day than I can possibly do in 24 hours. I feel my biggest struggle over the last six months has been self sabotage, while attempting to get one thing done, I feel like I am dropping the ball in all other areas. This makes it very hard to get anything done well, when I have my attention so divided.

    My strategy is to get time managed. Schedule my time better, in blocks, so I can be fully present in what I am needing to do at that moment. This will hopefully eliminate (or decrease) the feeling of dropping all the balls I am “trying” to juggle.

    While this is definitely an ongoing goal, I plan to get a good schedule going by the end of February. I really want to be successful with the EBA course, and I feel like this is absolutely key, for me. Can’t wait to dive right in to the good stuff! 🙂

  22. Lora Bloomquist
    January 22, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

    What I’ve been procrastinating: I’ve been procrastinating a system of getting emails on my blog. I just started a new blog 4 months ago and have had great success getting stats and views, but only have a “follow” button, which has been meager, at best. I blogged for 6 years previously for my store, but it was more about building relationships with like-minded creatives.

    Why I’ve been putting it off: I’m constantly challenged with technology:( I didn’t know which plug-in to use or how to install it since I had someone else set up my blog for me. Then I used EBA as an excuse because I didn’t want to install something that I’d have to change if it was wrong…

    My plan: I had purchased a blogger’s bundle a couple months back and was down to the last week of signing up for some bonuses. I did a little homework on all the list building options and decided to give the ConvertKit a try for the 2 month freebie. Figured I could always change it up after 2 months if EBA has another idea. Going to meet up with my tech guy for a coffee date and walk through the implementation with him. One of my goals is to be able to handle most of the minor tech stuff myself in the future, but for now I know I need a little help to move forward.

  23. Deanna Day Young
    January 23, 2017 @ 10:28 am

    Your post is exactly what I needed today. I have NEVER been a procrastinator until the last 6 months or so. I sometimes feel like I work better and get more done when I am busy. When my kids were growing up and had sporting events constantly and I was on the school board, and working full time – which I still do – and volunteering and running a non-profit, etc. I felt like I got more done than I do now that we are empty nesters. But I have so many good things that have happened and I know I am supposed to move forward!! I feel led to expand my speaking business now that my book has published and my blog following is getting a little bigger. So yesterday I was wondering why it was such a struggle to write the summary for my talk for my next event…and why am I procrastinating getting the info to the web designer who is updating the website? Then I realized it is fear. I am fearful that people will think I am bragging or that I think I’m “all that”. I have started going in the other direction for fear people will talk bad about me. That is so stupid and just the devil. I feel like I’m not good enough. But I have so many positive comments and have sold almost 400 books in just 6 months. That’s not a NY Times best seller list but it’s pretty good for me. So what am I going to do about it? When I get home from work, I am updating my bio sheet and creating my Event Planner sheet and sending it to the web designer BEFORE I GO TO BED!! That’s step ONE. Then I need to get the 4 talks finished that are coming up in Feb, March and April. I will give myself until the end of the month to finish Feb and will give myself until Feb 7 to finish both March talks and until February 28 to finish April talk! Thank you for your post today to give me a swift kick in the butt and to realize it’s fear and the devil that is keeping me from moving forward. NO MORE PROCRASTING!! Thank you!

  24. Ann Vogel
    January 23, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

    really loved those probing questions helped me work through some fears i’m having about starting a blog, super psyched again for EBA to start. I’m still working through setting up my site am starting with zero knowledge about blogging, but i love to write and am passionate about my topic(among others but this is what i’m starting with).

  25. Adri
    January 24, 2017 @ 12:49 pm

    I am procrastinating my email list for my blog! I have toyed with it a couple of times, and it is just so overwhelming for me because I don’t understand Mailchimp. I have put this off for too long, and am seeing how I could be doing better if I put it together, and every time I think about it I feel guilty because ‘i should’ve had this done months ago!’ I am going to buckle down and only focus on that today. I am going to use Youtube, other bloggers, and resources that I have available to me to help me accomplish this goal. I want to have a base email list up and running by the end of the week! Loved the article by the way!

  26. Pam
    January 26, 2017 @ 11:46 am

    My procrastination: Since I’ve been serious about my blog (last 6 months) I have wanted it to become my full time job, yet I have procrastinated about adding monetizing elements like affiliate links, other than Amazon.
    Why: Because I was scared I wouldn’t be able to figure out how to do them correctly, my readers would be turned off by ads and links, and biggest fear of all, that I wouldn’t see any revenue from my hard work. So, I’ve kept on putting if off.
    Action plan: After reading this procrastination post 7 days ago, I actually sat down and began working through a monetizing course I had purchased a month previously. 4 days ago, I joined 2 affiliate networks and my plan is to spend the next week planning and implementing how to monetize my blog using affiliate links!

  27. Heidi
    January 27, 2017 @ 1:05 pm

    I am procrastinating because it all feels so overwhelming at this point. I am not sure what to do first, or how to prioritize tasks. I feel I have limited time (doesn’t everyone, though?), so I pressure myself to get the most bang for my time buck, which, in turn, causes me to freeze up and do nothing, or to go blank when I actually do sit down to do a task.

    Another cause of my procrastination is this thought: What if I do put time and energy and effort into this, and I’m not successful, or I don’t eventually make the income I want to make from this venture?

    My goal for my weekend is to get my initial blog set up (Maybe this is partly why I feel paralyzed at this point…I don’t have an existing blog, so nothing feels very concrete to me yet.) My other goal is to work on my avatar. In my mind, I know who she is, and what she’s like, but I know it will help me to put her down on paper and out to the world.

    I feel a little more inspired already, just by acknowledging these procrastination items in writing!