My Income for the Last 5 Months

Over the last 5 months, I had the three lowest and the two highest income months of my entire professional life. And I have no idea where March will fall on that spectrum. Join me on my roller coaster of fear and hope.

Wilkerson Legal Income- Oct 2015 - Feb 2015

Income- Oct 2015 – Feb 2016

For the record, I’m mostly interested in the hope side of this ride.

Planning and Procrastinating

Why can’t I find time to write?

Why am I choosing that project to work on?

Where did that money go?

Planning is hard. Procrastinating is easy. At least it is for me. It probably is for you, too.

I’ve talked a long time about building a LegalZoom-type resource for churches and nonprofits, but I just can’t find the time, the right person, or catch a break.

Bull crap.

Those excuses don’t hold any water.

So it’s time to put up or shut up.

Building the Planning Habit

To be frank, I don’t know exactly what my plan is to build the planning habit.

I know habits take time to form, and I know I need to focus on urgent/important and non-urgent/important tasks. I also need to avoid and vanquish the urgent/unimportant and the non-ugent/ non-important (from Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People).

The four-quadrant "Eisenhower Decision Matrix" for importance and urgency.

The four-quadrant Eisenhower Decision Matrix.

Once I get a better plan together, I’ll let you know. But I wasn’t going to procrastinate on writing this post until I had the perfect plan.

Beating the Procrastination Headache

Technically, my issue may not be clinical procrastination. But my issues are a lack of good planning and putting off important tasks when I should work on them.

California Polytechnic has a great article on procrastination. Check it out. They give a 4 step cure to beat procrastination. And I’m working on implementing it for the tasks I put off for no good reasons.

  1. Realize you are delaying something unnecessarily.
  2. Discover the real reasons for your delay. List them.
  3. Dispute those real reasons and overcome them. Be vigorous.
  4. Begin the task.

My real reasons are often wrapped around fear of failure. “What if this is terrible?” “What if they discover I am an imposter?”

I know those aren’t true. There is the honest-to-goodness part of me that believes I’m the best lawyer I know. (Sorry, lawyer friends. You’ll just have to settle for second-best.)

So Here Goes…

As I mentioned above, I have grand ideas for a legal automation resource for churches, charities, and nonprofits. But it always just stays an idea.

So I decided I’m providing some resources for free, and I’ll work on the automation later.

A free resource to help you plan for death:

I’ve posted a free 50-page estate planning instruction guide on mustanglaw.com. If you click and go there, you can download the free Letter of Instruction. No strings attached. You don’t have to leave your email. Click, and it’s yours- mustanglaw.com.

I was so challenged by putting this together. I have a lot of things to get in order so my wife and kids are left scrambling. Download it, and use it to get your estate organized.

And 3 free sets of my church start-up documents:

If you know a church start-up that could use a premium set of start-up documents, have them call me, 817-269-7401, or email me, austin@austinwilkerson.com. I’m going to give at least three sets away to church start-ups that reach out to me.

The set includes:

  • Articles;
  • Bylaws;
  • Statement on Marriage;
  • Statement on Biblical Authority;
  • Statement on Life;
  • Facility Use Policy;
  • Statement on Gender Identity;
  • Employee and Volunteer Faith Affirmation;
  • Conflict of Interest Policy;
  • Record Retention Policy; and
  • Whistleblower Policy.

I hope to automate these for churches and ministries, but I’m not waiting another minute to get started. If you would like to be a part of the beta testing group to test out these documents and other free & affordable legal resources, please send me an email at austin@austinwilkerson.com.

PS I don’t even like the name Mustang Law, but I can’t procrastinate any more. I have to execute on the plan, even if it isn’t perfect. 

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