My Business Nemesis – Ooh, Look, Something Shiny!

This post is part of the awesome Word Carnival. Read more posts on this month’s theme: Vanquish Your Nemesis: A Guide to Conquering Small Biz Evils

Today is Wednesday. My monthly Word Carnival post was supposed to be published last night so that it could be live and republished by our lil network of awesome small business bloggers today, which means it was SUPPOSED to have been written…I dunno, sometime before yesterday might have been good.

My business nemeses are:

  • Procrastination
  • Over-reliance on technology

See, I put stuff off. (What, you don’t?) I have a home, and pets, and small children…I volunteer in their classes and serve on a nonprofit board…WHATEVER. I rely, therefore, on my mobile device A LOT to schedule myself and remind me of my obligations. As a cycle, it succeeds or fails together: if I don’t input my schedules and reminders into my phone, I don’t get the lead time I need to complete the tasks I’ve obligated myself to.

None of this is news, and frankly I don’t have anything to add to either of the vast conversations surrounding my bullet points. Fortunately, I know people who do.

Check out this month’s AMAZING (not even kidding) Word Carnival bloggers on our topic of vanquishing small business evils:

Laura Petrolino of Flying Pig Consulting:
The Battle of Idea-magedon

Ashley Welton of Miniskirt Ninja Media:
Wave Your Freak Flag – How To Stand Out In A Sea of Similarity

Clare Price of 5 Easy Pages:
Vanquish Your Nemesis: What’s Stopping You?

Michelle Church of Virtually Distinguished:
How to Keep Your Online Presence from Making You Cry

Sharon Hurley Hall of Get Paid to Write Online:
Five Fatal Flaws that are Killing Your Writing Business

Tea Silvestre, aka the Word Chef:
Does This Business Make Me Look Fat? (Or, How to Get That Voice in Your Head to Shut Up)

Nicole Fende of The Numbers Whisperer®:
Quit Watching the Steampunk Chicken and Focus

Sandy McDonald of Why You Must Blog:
I Just Hate Sales

Annie Sisk of Stage Presence Marketing:
What are You Afraid of? How Fears Derail Your Business

Melanie Kissell of Solo Mompreneur:
What Do a House Painter, an Author, and a Musician Have In Common?

Eugene Farber of Content Strategy Hub
The Business Demon Lurking Over Your Shoulder: Stab Him in the Eye

Carol Lynn Rivera of Web Search Social:
What To Do When You Feel Like You’ll Never, Never, Never Get Your Marketing Right

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18 Responses to My Business Nemesis – Ooh, Look, Something Shiny!

  1. Annie Sisk says:

    You are awesome sauce on top of a bitchin’ burrito, evan! Thanks for the shout-out. :)

  2. Never mind, evan. Happens to all of us sometimes. I’ve been derailed by missing reminders a couple of times.
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  3. Eugene says:

    This pretty much embodies my biggest nemesis. Not a bad way to handle it though :)
    Eugene recently posted..Business Productivity: The Business Demon Lurking Over Your ShoulderMy Profile

  4. Amy Wright says:

    Excellent lineup! Thanks so much for sharing them with us :)
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  5. Carol Lynn says:

    Well, you got my drawing done on time, lol… thanks for the kind words evan and back atcha. Also yes…. procrastination = bad for me too AND…. if its not in my Google calendar it ain’t happening!
    Carol Lynn recently posted..What To Do When You Feel Like You’ll Never, Never, Never Get Your Marketing RightMy Profile

  6. Awww Thanks for sharing us…and I totally respect how things happen and you came up with an EXCELLENT way to stay involved! I may have to steal that idea in the future. I totally respect entrepreneurs with children, partners, because they need your time. I am so single right now and I still procrastinate with NO excuse. I keep telling myself now is the time to get SOOO much more done because one day dream significant other is going to rock my world and distract the hell outta me!!!! ;0
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  7. Clare Price says:

    Yes, I get this one! Thanks for sharing all the wisdom of our group.
    Clare Price recently posted..Comment on Vanquish Your Nemesis: What’s Stopping You? by Melanie KissellMy Profile

  8. This is a FIRST!! A list post where I recognize everyone on the list. 😉

    Seriously, though …
    Thanks a heap for the mention, Evan. :)

    Procrastination has been a lifelong shadow. I’ve almost given up trying to vanquish it. It’s been trailing behind me for nearly sixty years. There are certain things I absolutely despise (no … make that “hate”) doing so I put them off till the last minute. No matter how much I talk to myself and tell myself I’m going to regret putting them off … I put them off, anyway. Maybe there’s an app for that. LOL!

  9. Christina Maria says:

    Thanks evan, Thanks you so much for sharing a nice post. I do really like it :)

  10. Procrastination and Over-reliance on technology??? Yep, guilty of those things. lol
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