Do You Suffer From Untilitis?

Written by Martin Avis

That little voice in your head that keeps saying "Don't get started until ..."

There is a closely related syndrome called unlessitis.

Of course, until and unless never actually happen, so you never get started at all.

When I was first thinking about setting uprepparttar BizE- zine web site I suffered from these complaintsrepparttar 117925 whole time.

'I'd better not start until I learn HTML'

'It would be better if I wait until I've bought Paint Shop Pro.'

'I can't design a web site unless I've researchedrepparttar 117926 field thoroughly.'

'I won't get started until I've read a few books about e-commerce.'

And on and on.

But you know what? None of these objections really mattered. They were really just my subconscious demon's way of stopping me from putting my head aboverepparttar 117927 trenches.

We all have that little demon living inside our brain. It evolved with us as a survival instinct - so we think twice before doing something dangerous. And in that respect it is very useful. But when it getsrepparttar 117928 upper hand and prevents us from doing anything at all - that isrepparttar 117929 time to take action.

How do we quieten that annoying little voice?

It is all a matter of behavioral training. Like with a dog. Be firm, and providerepparttar 117930 right rewards and pretty soon it will be helping you rather than hindering.

Here are some tips that really work:

1. You have to become aware ofrepparttar 117931 demon before you can learn to tame it. As you go through your day, observerepparttar 117932 times that you put something off - no matter how small. In time, you will recognizerepparttar 117933 signs. At this stage, don't try to change your behavior, just become aware of it.

2. Start to consciously userepparttar 117934 demon for positive purposes. So, when you are about to start, or are inrepparttar 117935 middle of something, andrepparttar 117936 voice keeps telling you to do something else, pause for a second and say torepparttar 117937 demon 'I will stop, but only when I have finished, and then I will give myself a reward.' Promise yourself some small token of your own appreciation - a cup of coffee, a candy bar, a phone call with your best friend - anything that will make you feel good. But only reward yourself for completingrepparttar 117938 task.

3. Once you get intorepparttar 117939 habit of makingrepparttar 117940 demon wait, you can move on torepparttar 117941 next stage: making it worry less. You procrastinate becauserepparttar 117942 demon fears failure. Allrepparttar 117943 'unlesses and untils' are put up to prevent you from failing by not even starting. When you become aware that you are putting off something, stop and get a sheet of paper. Write down a full description ofrepparttar 117944 action you want to take. Then, under it, write down allrepparttar 117945 bad things that can happen if you take that action. Then, under each bad thing, let your logical mind answer them.

Arrest Your Time Robbers!

Written by Marty Foley

If there is one area every entrepreneur must master in order to maximize their success, it'srepparttar ability to makerepparttar 117924 best use of their time. The saying "Time is money" certainly applies to e-commerce. Many time-robbers threaten to cripple online productivity.

Let's face facts: For a large percentage of people, their use ofrepparttar 117925 Internet largely results in frittering away their time, with little or nothing to show for it. Just consider some ofrepparttar 117926 most popular online activities: Sending and receiving frivolous email (jokes, etc.). Downloading and listening to MP3 music files. Using ICQ for idle chat with friends and relatives. Random surfing, etc.

Things that in themselves aren't necessarily bad - after all, we need some recreation and diversion - butrepparttar 117927 downside is that unless we keep a tight reign onrepparttar 117928 time we spend on non-productive Internet activities, they hinder real accomplishment.

Even if, like me, your primary use ofrepparttar 117929 Internet is for business, opportunities to absorb business-related information bombard us from all sides: Countless web sites, ezines, forums, discussion lists, chat rooms, and on and on. More than we can possibly absorb, and sometimes potentially addictive.

Any of these resources may be useful for business purposes, but even they can be distractions if they prevent us from getting more important things done.

As a victim of any ofrepparttar 117930 above time-robbers, we may end up asking ourselves "Where did allrepparttar 117931 time go?"

Arrestingrepparttar 117932 Time-Robbers

I was recently interviewed for an article in Entrepreneur's Start-Ups Magazine (Sept. 2000 Issue, pg. 30). Here are some tips I gave for effectively dealing with time-robbers, which appear inrepparttar 117933 sidebar "Smart Move - Make It Count."

1) Set goals.

If you don't know what your destination is, how can you get there? Write down your goals.

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