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Avoid Those Pitfalls and Distractions!

September 2, 2013

Today is Labor Day in the US.  It’s a day set aside to celebrate the workers who gave (and still give) everything to make our country great.  Most of us are lucky enough to have the day off (ironic, yes?).

Today I made firm plans to work on marketing and writing.  I was motivated and focused, and looking forward to an entire day for growing my business.

And then I visited Twitter.  “Just for a minute,” I told myself, “Just to check in.”  Almost immediately I came across a tweet:  “The 100 Best Blogs for the Modern Writer.”

Are you kidding me?!

I like to think of myself as a modern writer.  And I spend a lot of time following blogs that teach me how to become a better writer, business owner, etc.  So I just couldn’t pass on this little detour.  “I am going to learn so much!”

Two and a half hours later, I have been through the majority of the blogs listed (a lot of them were already in my RSS reader).  I have not worked on my planned marketing tasks, or my writing.  I would say the entire time has been a waste, but I have added some good blogs to my list for future reading.

Now, I’m tired of looking at the computer screen, and am unmotivated to carry on with the rest of my day.  I’m going to have to push myself to get everything done, and that’s never fun for me.

Twitter and blogs are just a couple of my pitfalls.  There’s always housekeeping to do, or errands to run.  And I can come up with a whole list of other things I could do instead of tending to my business.  But that isn’t the path I want to take.

In order to be successful in business, and in anything really, we have to remain steadfast and focused.  We have to remind ourselves daily (and sometimes even hourly) why we come to the table to do this every day.  We have to have the discipline to move forward when we just want to rest.  We have to say “No” to the person inside who wants to go out and have fun.

Thankfully I still have several hours in the day to do the work I intended.  So I’m going to get busy and do what needs to be done.

If you’ve planned a break today to spend the holiday with family and friends and fun, then enjoy!  You’ve earned it!

If you’ve committed to spending some time on the ever-growing list of business to-do’s, here’s to a successful day free from pitfalls and distractions.  You can do it!