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How to stop procrastination, build a productive daily routine + free up time in your creative business

I’m going out on a limb here.

You feel that 2019 is the year that you’ll finally get started on that creative project you’ve been dreaming about for so long. But putting the finishing touches on your big idea is difficult for you, because you feel like it could be just a little bit more perfect.

If this is ‘check, check, check’ for you, then you know what it’s like to be stuck in procrastination station. You’re not alone. I’ve been there.

Procrastination is the curse of the (online) creative. You create something with your heart and soul and then you have to put your creations out there for the world to see, judge + criticize. That stuff is scary. No wonder you procrastinate.

As a recovering perfectionist, one of the problems I ran into most is procrastination.

The perfectionist’s way of thinking is:

“Why start a project when I know I won’t be able to do it perfectly? Maybe I should wait a few months to get better at it first.”

“Nooooo, this project isn’t done yet and I can’t move on to the next thing, because there are so many details that aren’t perfect yet!”

I’m sure you recognize this.

[P.S. Are you tired of struggling with your need for constant perfection? Need a little help with overcoming your perfectionism, so that you can start making those big ideas you have for your creative business a reality? Then make sure to download my popular (not to mention FREE!) ‘4 steps to ditch perfect’ workbook, right here.]

The thing is, though, you don’t have to remain stuck in procrastination station.

That’s why I’m sharing these sure-fire tips that will help you stop procrastination, build a productive daily routine + free up time in your creative business.

A little disclaimer upfront, this isn’t going to be one of those blog posts that you skim through and move on without implementing any real changes.

No, you’ve got work to do, my friend. I’m going to leave you with a lot of homework. So, grab a journal or notebook to take notes, write down questions + reflect on your answers.

What we’ll go through in this in-depth guide:

  • Why mental blocks keep you in a state of being frazzled and frustrated instead of achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself

  • How you can turn procrastination into purposeful productivity

  • How to tap into your purpose to create a daily routine that gets you organized

  • The steps you need to take to build a daily routine and master a purposefully productive work and life, so that you can put an end to all that exhaustion and overwhelm

  • Plus, actionable tips on how to put your daily routine into practice, so that you no longer have to spend nights and weekends glued to your computer, jumping from task to task, watching as everyone else makes it look effortless

Sounds right up your alley? Great! Let’s get started.

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How to use gratitude as a business strategy

Do you want to stand out from all the other creative businesses out there? Do you want to wow your clients and customers + actually build a close relationship with them? Do you want to do things a little differently + run your creative business in your own way?

Then stick around, my friend, because in this in-depth blog post I’m giving you everything you need to know on:

  • How to use gratitude as a way of dealing with perfectionism (+ other mindset blocks) as an online creative;

  • How to use gratitude as a business strategy to delight your clients, collaborators + community;

  • And… how to start a successful gratitude practice, with 4 practical tips for both work + life.

Now, gratitude as a business strategy… Are you raising your eyebrows in confusion?

Let’s find out more about it, because I’m here to tell you that gratitude isn’t just the awkward thing you do once a year during the holiday season.

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4 life-changing ways to create a better business mindset: for online creatives struggling with comparison, procrastination + people pleasing

Thinking about making big things happen in your creative business in 2019, like launching a podcast, creating a new service package, fleshing out that big idea you’ve been dreaming about for so long?

Do you struggle with overwhelm, comparison + other perfectionism-related mindset issues along the way?

Stick around, my friend, because I’m giving you 4 ways to grow your mindset in order to grow your creative business.

When I started Ditch Perfect, I created it for those online creatives who’ve been dreaming about launching their big ideas into the world but are held back by their perfectionism. Our inner perfectionist pressing pause in our big plans because *it* isn’t perfect yet or because “*she* is so much better at it than me”, we’ve all been there…

That’s why it’s so important to focus on the mindset side of running your creative business too.

While growing your knowledge + learning new skills about the tactical side of running a business - from setting up a mailing list to coding a website - is important, it’s mostly for nothing if you don’t know how to manage your perfectionism, your mindset + the emotional ups and downs of being an online creative.

In this mega blog post + in-depth guide I share more about perfectionism: what it is, how it affects your work and life + 4 short-term and 4 long-term strategies for overcoming perfectionism. It’s a great starting point for letting go of your perfectionism, so I recommend giving that post a read too.

But perfectionism doesn’t always show up as, well as… perfectionism. As this overwhelming need to perfect everything you do.

Sometimes, perfectionism shows up in a different way:

  • A bout of crippling comparisonitis

  • Being stranded in procrastination station

  • A need to please #allthepeople

  • A constant need for approval

In this blog post, we’re going to tackle the question of how to deal with these 4 perfectionism-related mindset issues, so that you can uplevel your mindset and grow your creative business.

Let’s get started.

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30 tools + resources for online creatives struggling with perfectionism in their business

Dealing with my perfectionism has been a lifelong struggle for me.

As a kid I loved going to school. I was an A+ student and was praised for it. All through school and college I proudly called myself a perfectionist. I was convinced that my habit of perfectionism got me the good school results I got.

Up until I entered the workplace that is.

What I found was that corporate culture appreciates speed over diligence, quantity over quality, and group work in project teams over solo work. Needless to say, I was miserable. My perfectionism didn’t help me anymore. In fact, looking back, it had never helped me.

During my college years, my fellow students only saw the perfectionist shield I had put up. It stopped me from making authentic connections and friendships.

And it also stopped me from and starting, and then growing, the business I truly wanted, serving the clients I truly wanted to work with, because of perfectionism-induced overwhelm, self-doubt + imposter syndrome.

I quickly realized I had to let go of my perfectionism, which I did. (And I can help you do the same.)

These tools + resources have helped me out tremendously along the way.

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How to overcome perfectionism + stop it from holding you back in your business

Do you subscribe to the idea of perfection?

I don’t.

Perfectionism - and its best buds fear, comparison, self-doubt + overwhelm - is the single biggest thing that’s holding you back in your creative business.

And after a lifetime of pursuing perfectionism, you have a sneaking suspicion its time is up.

But how to go about leaving behind that constant need for things to be perfect? How do you overcome your perfectionism, both in business AND in your personal life too?

Sit back, my friend, because this in-depth guide has *all* the answers.

Here’s what we’re going to be working through in this guide:

/ 1 / We’re going to debunk all those myths that are going around about perfectionism and that probably have you scared to let go or stuck and unable to move forward

/ 2 / After debunking these myths and having talked about what perfectionism ISN’T, we’re going to get real clear about what perfectionism really, ACTUALLY is (and I’m going to get vulnerable here!)

/ 3 / Next, we’re going to dig deep into the 2 core areas that are the birthplace of perfectionism and get an understanding of why letting go of perfectionism is so difficult

/ 4 / Then it’s time to start working on 4 long-term set of strategies that will kickstart your journey of overcoming perfectionism

/ 5 / And finally, I’m going to share 4 practical action steps you can use to combat a bout of perfectionism in the moment, when you’re doing some work and the perfectionism bug strikes

Woah, so much good stuff here! Let’s dive in.

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