Don’t make me chase you

Don’t make me chase you– because every step that I take doing so is a step back from making progress. We’re not in grade school anymore, and playing tag over email isn’t very much fun. When you say you’ll do something and then don’t, it makes me feel like you did so with your fingers crossed behind your back.

We’re older now, and all of this running around is hard on the body and mind, and we shouldn’t feel the need to play dodgeball with emails. We’re on the same team trying to deliver results for the client.

If I’m communicating with you, I trust and depend on you. When my advice and instructions fall on deaf ears, it makes me feel like you don’t value my expertise, or are too afraid of failure to take the first step forward.

The first step into a forest is one of the last steps to get out of it. You should not let fear take over and freeze up– most of the time, the solution is right in front of you. By simply communicating, you can alleviate 99% of any issue that can arise.

Even if you’re sick, your wifi is down, you’re out of town, or any of the other various excuses that exist, it’s not an excuse to just go dark. If anything, you should be more on top of your communication when these things come up so you can avoid any potential issues they might cause. That way, the task can be delegated to another team member.

Your team is counting on you. Don’t leave them hanging for days while they assume you’re still doing your part. Let them know something has come up so they can help. That’s what teams are for.

The key is to not get overwhelmed. Often times you may be assigned a task that may seem so large that it feels crushing. Take a deep breath, figure out an action you can take (however small it is) and do it. Just start somewhere. You’ll feel much better about taking baby steps (which is what iteration is) than if you had put it off and made excuses as to why you hadn’t started yet, then having to breathlessly run to the finish line.

If you lack the skills to complete a task, ask for help! If you put something off until later, it will be too late, so handle it while it’s fresh– this means when that phone call comes in or you get that email, you act immediately instead of putting it off.

This is easy to remember: it’s 3 D’s– Do, Delegate, or/then Delete. This, and will alleviate that dread you get thinking about the email you’ve been putting off reading for weeks.

Reach out to your team and utilize what’s around you instead of taking it on alone. Tasks will be much easier, and you’ll be much happier in the process.

The hardest part of getting back to work is always the first 30 seconds when you start working. But sometimes you will amaze yourself how a surprisingly simple task was put off with more consideration than was needed to actually execute the task. The sigh of relief from completion is always more satisfying than the extra moments bought on borrowed time.

download-216Keep in mind what Mark Lack, author of Shorten the Gap, says about avoiding procrastination:

“A great way to avoid procrastinating is to commit to chunking down your activities and taking action towards its achievement no matter how small the effort or time. The habit is more important than the effort.”

Print out this image to help you out the next time you reach for an excuse and remember that it’s always better to take some form of action rather than sit on it.


Dennis Yu

About the Author

Dennis Yu
Dennis Yu is on a mission to create a million jobs.

He is the host of the CoachYu show, a digital marketing certification program that partners together with industry professionals just like doctors, engineers, and teachers where people can get trained and have a job at the same time.

He has been building brands and teaching marketing for over 13 years.

Specializes in helping young adults to grow into the leaders of tomorrow, by confidently developing their marketing skills through training programs and seminars with enterprise clients like The Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.

He developed the Technology Partner for Digital Marketing Agencies and Personal Brands. A RevShare Partnership Program that enables growing companies to stay competitive.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of partners such as DigitalMarketer, Social Media Examiner, Fiverr, GoDaddy, Keap, OmniConvert,, Tom Ferry, Barry Habib, and others who believe in training up millions of digital marketing professionals.

Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CNN, CBS Evening News and co-authored “Facebook Nation” – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities.

Dennis is an internationally acclaimed speaker in Facebook Marketing who has spoken countless times in 17 countries, spanning five continents including keynote events at L2E, PubCon, Digital Agency Expo, Marketo Summit, and B2C Growth & Innovation Virtual Summit.

Besides being a data and ad connoisseur, Dennis enjoys eating spicy buffalo wings or might just spot him playing Ultimate Frisbee under the sun.

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