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As an ecommerce store owner it is likely you will have at least one long term project that has ground to a halt and is sitting somewhere in the back of your mind gathering dust. Perhaps you have an online blog which you promised to add new posts to twice a week, or maybe you were going to produce some cool videos for your products but just havenít quite got around to it?

If this sounds like you, you may find this blog post of use.

Consider Dropping It Completely
Before you consider finishing the project, ask yourself if you really have it in you to do so. If you started a blog but realize you hate writing, donít carry on. Sometimes you have to start doing something to realize itís not something you want to do. It's better to write a project off completely rather than letting it eat away at you for months when you know deep down inside you will never finish it.

If you do decide to carry on with your project though, follow the below tips:

set aside a sizable chunk of time
Donít just devote half an hour, thatís not long enough to properly get back into something, set aside a half day or even a full day so you can make serious forward progress.

Set a Deadline
The best way to keep up momentum on a long-term project is to set yourself a deadline.

Write your deadline on your calendar as an incentive to keep you focused as well as giving you a visual reminder of how much time you've got to complete the project.

Devise a Schedule
Once you've set a deadline, you can come up with a schedule. This can be as simple as devoting 1 hour a day / 1 day a week. My advice would be to schedule a time when you are least likely to be interrupted or have other commitments take over.

Make a Public Commitment
Tell friends/ family what your goal is so you are less likely to drop out or allow the project to stall again. Having a friend or family member ask you about your progress is a great motivator.

Promise Yourself a Reward
Give yourself a little reward for completing the project such as a massage, round of golf or anything you enjoy doing.

I hope you find these tips useful, I often find that setting myself a deadline helps me turn those 6 week dragged out projects into 2 week tasks that I just get done and feel great about after.

Happy Selling!

Gareth Sales
VP-ASP Shopping Cart

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