The Focus Course

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Progress

Welcome, friends!

It has been a blast and an honor to work with Matt and have the chance to serve you.

Briefly about me, I live in Kansas City and have 3 boys. Back in 2011 I quit my job as a marketing and creative director and began working for myself as an indie writer. A few years ago my writing shifted from a focus on technology and design to a focus on creativity and productivity, and it’s the latter that The Focus Course is all about.

Master Procrastinator?

Is your task list longer than your arm? Are you a master of procrastination?

So here’s the thing. This guide is not for every procrastinator in the world. It’s written for those who are trying to do their best creative work.

And that’s you…

You’re a creator. Perhaps a designer, developer, writer, podcaster, or entrepreneur. Most likely a combination.

And as a creator, you want to do your best creative work every day. (And you might also be wanting to build an audience to help support your work, but more on that another day.)

To do your best creative work, you have to beat the resistance and show up every day.

The good news is that this guide can help you become more consistent in your creative work. But if you actually want to take a step in that direction, you’ve got to do something about it. It’s time to take action. Because procrastination left unchecked will gain momentum.

So, if nothing else, there is one chapter in the guide that I want you to read. It starts on page 14 and ends on page 16. It’s short and is all about what I call The Integrity Snowball.



What The Book is About

In The Procrastinator’s Guide to Progress, here are a few things you’ll walk away with:

  • Discover what’s feeding your tendency to put things off.
  • Start making intentional steps in the right direction.
  • Discover the number one, super-duper important thing that can turn you into an unstoppable force. (I’m totally serious about this one.)
  • Even learn about the times when you should be listening to your procrastination because it might be telling you something.

All this and more inside just a dozen short sections that cover the areas I have found to be most helpful in my own endeavors to show up every day and do my best creative work.


Table of Contents

  • My Grandmother’s Advice (Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.)
  • Why Do We Procrastinate?
  • Procrastination Robs Us From Doing Our Best Creative Work
  • Procrastination Left Unchecked Gains Momentum
  • Regaining Personal Integrity
  • The Tyranny Of Choice
  • Honesty, Clarity, And Action
  • The Daily Plumb Line
  • Breathing Room For Your Day
  • The Urgent Vs The Essential
  • Celebrate Progress
  • Listening To Our Procrastination
  • How To Overcome Procrastination
  • The Moving Target