The best way to get something done is to begin.”~ Author unknown
Have you ever had one of those days when you could not start? That stuck in neutral feeling when you could not move.
I have had that feeling this week, and it is frustrating, very frustrating. What is wrong with me? There has been so much to do, but I Just Do Not Want To. Where did my enthusiasm go?
Today was a typical day, and I did my usual routine this morning, but it felt like I was moving in slow motion. I pushed myself, but it was not enjoyable. After lunch, I was wallowing in procrastination and the ever-growing level of frustration.
So what can you do to overcome the dreaded feeling of procrastination?
You start by doing one small action. In my case, that means you write about it. You sit down and write with the hope that you pull yourself up out of the funk. So far, it is working. It is so easy to avoid the one thing we need to do. We make all sorts of excuses, such as taking the dog for a walk, reading another article, and getting another cup of coffee.
Stop making a mountain out of a molehill. That is so easy to do. In my case, and probably everyone’s, we get busy, maybe take on too much. Then we get tired, and today I just felt overwhelmed. Take the time to look at your schedule, and if there is something you are hesitant about doing, do it first. Get it over with, and the rest of your tasks will fall into place. The stress you were holding is gone.
Visualize why you are doing something so you can recognize and appreciate the benefits. We all have our reasons for what we want to do. In my case, I want to stay active and vital. I want to have and maintain a sharp mind. That is why I started my blog, and then also started writing at Medium.com. By understanding why you will be less likely to procrastinate.
Be realistic. It is easy to take on more responsibilities, more projects, and a larger workload than we can complete. That has happened to me recently, and I believe it is the reason I have been procrastinating and so frustrated. Having the blog, and writing at Medium, is something I have been doing for a few months now. It is not usually a problem. However, I have not factored in events that occasionally happen that take the time I have not scheduled. There will be times I will have to dial everything back so that it does not cause frustration and stress.
Stop trying to be perfect. The majority of us want to be perfect. The problem is that it is not realistic, and we do create stress by striving to maintain perfection. Some of us take it to the extreme and feel that we will be a failure if our work is not perfect. You should always strive to do excellent work, but our focus should be on completing the job on time. Do the best job you can but get it done. Do not procrastinate.
“People always try to be perfect. That’s why they don’t start anything. Perfection is the lowest standard in the world. Because if you’re trying to be perfect, you know you can’t be. So what you really have is a standard you can never achieve. You want to be outstanding, not perfect.”~ Tony Robbins
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful and productive day.