Have you ever been overwhelmed when you want to start something, any task, big or small? Even something you have done before?
I have, and I bet you have too.
It feels terrible and you want to turn away. You start to question why you should even try. Isn’t it easier to just not start?
The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
This is not easy and yet it is so simple. I took time off from my blog to catch up on many areas of my life. It is so not going the way I envisioned it.
I thought I would jump right in and make fast, organized progress. LOL, that is not what is happening. It is soooo easy to make excuses.
First there were the holidays with the stress that can come with that. That could be one whole blog all by itself.
Afterward, as a result, I felt a little bit off and mildly depressed. So it was easy to make excuses not to jump right in and start.
I am wasting precious time. I have a big fat case of Procrastination.
Now I am realizing my situation and I am starting to focus. I have started my taxes and I am sorting through old papers, etc. There is a pile of papers ready to shred starting tomorrow.
I have sold a few things, with many more waiting to organize and either give away, throw away, or get ready to sell. Unfortunately, I do not see the light at the end of the tunnel yet.
It is not that I do not know what to do because I do. I am very aware of the process. I was just totally overwhelmed because I had put all of it on the back burner to focus on writing.
So what is the right way to handle procrastination?
1-Make your goal. Determine what you want to accomplish and write it down. Make your goal as clear as possible. Once you write it down focus on it each and every day,
2-Do not attempt to accomplish the goal in one big chunk. That is the worst thing you can do because it will overwhelm you and it will make it easier to make excuses.
3-Break your goal into smaller, more easily accomplished pieces. I have a huge goal in front of me because I put it off for too long. The only way I will get it done is to focus on doing small portions of it consistently.
4-Start small and build momentum. I understand because I was overwhelmed by the tasks I have that the only way I can move forward and accomplish anything is to take one small step at a time.
That is what I did today and I already feel better. I know tomorrow I will take another small step and I will start seeing results. When that happens it will be much easier to keep pushing forward.
5-Congratulate your self for each task you accomplish. It is nice recognizing that you are making progress. I immediately told my husband what I had done today and what I would focus on for tomorrow. We all like, and need, positive feedback.
Any of us, no matter how experienced, organized, or efficient can procrastinate. We are human and that is easy to make excuses. We fall into routines and we are comfortable so we push away from change even when it is beneficial.
Take one small step and follow it with another. Just get started. It does not have to be perfect.
It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort, and when you implement effort into your life…every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs. Keep going. Remember why you started.”