WeekIn Review February 22, 2013: Now Not Later
Who’s glad it’s the weekend? Me!!!! Can you tell yet that I live for Fridays just a little? It has always been my favorite day of the week ever since I was a kid. I hated waking up at the crack of dawn to go to school. So Fridays for me meant stay up late and sleep even later. It also meant that I had until Sunday evening to finish my homework. I carried that ritual all the way until I graduated from college. Actually, I find myself still waiting until the last minute to start and finish something. I hate that I do it so often but it has become a bad habit that insists on dying hard.
Whenever given a task, the best thing to do is start on it right away. Why is this easier said than done? I know whenever I have something to do, I get so easily distracted by other things. Those distractions can be a big as have more pressing priorities to as small as I just do feel like doing it at the time. Especially late in the evening after a long full day…please I will quickly put it off until another day. That can go on for weeks, even months!
This past weekend was a three day weekend for me. I was productive just not as productive as I wish I was. I did however get some rest, which was one of my goals for the weekend. I did work on my website and even made time to finish and upload my blog post for Monday, which I was grateful for. I also hooked up with some friends on Saturday to discuss potential business ventures. But unfortunately I missed church on Sunday. I was just so exhausted, I was doing so much running around and stayed out so late on Saturday that my body refused to cooperate when my alarm went off Sunday morning. I took that day to just rest up some. On Monday, I did spent some quality time with my husband and caught up on housework. Then before I knew it, I was back to the daily grind on Tuesday morning.
I made an appointment with a business mentor for this Monday. I hold high hopes for it and think its time for me to get back out there and network like I use to. When I was in college, I attended so many network functions I became a regular on the circuit. I met some great people and got great advice on how to get into the media industry. Everything was great until I became discouraged after I graduated because it seemed like all those connections I made turned out to be dead ends. They made it seem like they were there to help me find employment and really nourish my career when all along they were afraid of losing their jobs to someone like me who could potentially take their job. I even had one person tell me that her company was firing not hiring. And even if there was a job opening at their company, they wouldn’t even tell me about it or they didn’t have enough juice to influence anybody to give me the job.
I remember going to this big conference in 2008 here is Chicago. I was living in Atlanta at the time, trying to make a living down there after graduating. I paid all this money to travel here, paid for the conference and everything. Luckily I was able to stay with my parents for the week so I did not have to pay for a hotel and since it was downtown I just hoped the bus everyday. I met some great people who had been in this industry for decades. A lot of who had humble beginnings like myself. Some were so cordial I just knew I would be BFFs with them for life and others not so much but still nice. I collected so many business cards and passed out a few of my own along with my resume.
When the conference was over, I started emailing like crazy trying to reconnect with all the people that I met that week. Do you know that out of the 100 emails I sent out only maybe less than 10 even bothered to respond? The few who did respond gave me the old song and dance about how I needed to get more experience by going to a smaller market. Although true, even the smaller markets want you to have several years of experience and despite what they tell you in school, internships don’t cut it. Needless to say I felt like I wasted my money and my time. I vowed to never go to another conference again. And I never did.
It has been several years since I have been out there and would like to jump back in. Not only do I want to go to networking events, I also would like to attend some workshops as well. I was open to going back to school but as time goes on, the less I want to. So I figured the next best thing was to rub the right elbows and keep finding ways to market myself professionally.
As far as procrastination goes, I pray that God delivers me from one of my oldest enemies some day. Until then, I just take it one day at a time and try not to let so much time go by before I start and/or finish something. I make a to-do list and constantly remind myself of my goals. I remind my self of what motivates me to accomplish my goals. I honestly think that the cure for procrastination is motivation. If your motivation is stronger than your distractions then procrastination is not even an option.
As usual, I feel the need to end this post with another good quote I found on motivation by Lou Holtz,
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
The 80s’ Baby