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Top 4 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

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It doesn’t really matter if you’re a student, or already in the work field, you can always manage to procrastinate. It happens to all of us, myself included. Leaving things for the following day because you think you will have more time later on; you’re too tired at the moment so you’ll get to “it” after a nap. Whatever the reason may be, the honest truth of it is that you are putting things off.

Procrastination has been a part of human society since the beginning of civilization but has increased it’s visibility during the Industrial Revolution, when time management started to be recognized as a skill.

Even though we all try not to procrastinate, most of the time we end up failing. As something that I personally have struggled with over the years, in no particular order, here are the top 4 things that I discovered have helped me better manage my time, hopefully you find them just as useful.


  1. Set a deadline. Putting a deadline on your work increases your chances of getting everything done as soon as possible. If your original deadline is on the 20th, try to get your tasks done by the 18th. That way you won’t feel as pressured and you’ll also have time to correct any mistakes.
  2. Prioritize. Separate urgent and important things along with their level of importance. High priority, urgent things must be done first, followed by high priority, important things, and finally finishing with low priority, important things. In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains this method further.
  3. Cut off distractions. Try putting your phone down. Facebook is an endless pit that will only lead to a lack of sleep because you are too busy watching that funny dog video your friend sent you. Putting your phone on airplane mode is what I found works best for me, allowing me to avoid any notifications and any pinging that may draw my attention away from what I’m currently focusing on.
  4. Do it right the first time. It is always better to take a little more time doing something with more attentiveness, and producing something of a higher quality, than doing something quickly without focusing on your work and then having to do it all over again. Take your time the first time you do something, and it’ll be so much more worth it in the long run.

Like I mentioned before, these are the different things that I have tested and tried over the years in order to help overcome my procrastination habit. Like with most habits we create for ourselves, it’s not always easy to overcome, or change how you do things, but once the reason becomes important enough, the task itself doesn’t seem too difficult to manage. Try them out and let me know what you think.

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Three Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Paying Customers

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As presented by Jobber, in Colony Work Space, Katie Pearse, owner of The Maid Mentor, spoke to an audience about how she was able to convert her social media followers into paying customers.

With a background in marketing, Katie graduated and went on to start her own multi-million dollar cleaning company. After experiencing much success, especially with garnering hype for her company through social media, she switched to consulting to help others do the same.

Jobber, a multifaceted entrepreneur software company, holds many different workshops for their clients and interested people in the community to attend. Key influencers of their respective industries will come out to speak about their experiences.

After listening to Katie, here are the top three takeaways to note:

  1. It doesn’t matter which social media platform you use as long as you target your audience. Know who you are trying to reach and who you’re catering your content towards.
  2. Email lists are everything. According to Katie, email marketing is still 40% more effective than other forms of marketing. So if you’re going to dedicate your time towards one thing, this is it.
  3. Video is an emerging trend. Most social media platforms either started with, or have now made it possible for you to post content through video. Making it easier for customers to view and understand your product, more companies are trying to maximize on this opportunity.

If you’d like to learn more about what Katie shared, you can follow her on Facebook, or reach out to her on her website.

For more opportunities to hear speakers like Katie Pearse talk about their successes and failures, or to take part in workshops to help your business grow, follow Jobber on Instagram, or connect with them through their website.

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The Video That Forever Changed My Life

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“Some of you love sleep, more than you love success.” -Eric Thomas

One night, 5 years ago I was feeling in need of some inspiration. I was stuck in a rut and I didn’t know where I was headed or what I wanted from my life. In the late moments of the night, I took to my Facebook and posted a status, “in need of some motivation and inspiration.” It was more of a statement than a request in my mind, but a casual acquaintance of mine from high school shared a link in the comments section.

The video showcased an unknown athlete working out with what seemed to be a rather rigorous routine. What caught my attention more than the impressive work ethic that was displayed of the athlete, was the voice of the narrator. This was the first time I ever heard Eric Thomas speak, and his words would forever change my life.

In the video, Thomas tells a story of a young man who aspires for great things. In pursuit of his goals, the young man seeks out a guru to teach him how to be successful. In what begins as a rather odd circumstance and continues on to be a confusing lesson, the moral of the story is both profound and impactful:

This week’s takeaway:
Everyone of us has a dream, but not nearly enough of us want it bad enough. Only when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, will you be successful.

Arnold Exconde

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