The Art of Procrastination
Author: D. Carter
There are 365 days within a year. We are currently 100 days deep into the new year. In the last week of December 2018, we all had some elaborate plans and goals planned out. Some people wanted to lose weight, get a new job, buy a car or start the business they have been thinking about for a while.
However, after about 30 days in, most of us will put the New Year Resolutions to rest and continue living the life that we aren’t satisfied with. But why do we do that? Why continue to live these long drawn out lives that aren’t fulfilling at all? Complain about them but, never make the necessary changes to live the lives we want.
A lot of the time, we make up these long list of excuses, that give us reasons to not make changes like: I don’t have time to work out, I can start my diet next Monday or these sneakers are on sale, so the car can wait a little bit longer.
I know for me, I did this for about 3 years straight. I was afraid of change and I honestly wasn’t in the right headspace to make these changes. Until I woke up one morning and couldn’t stand to see where I was mentally, physically and emotionally. In 2019, I was determined to make a better life for myself. I wanted to lose 100 pounds. Run a 5k. Start my blog. Find a more fulfilling job and live a more fulfilling life. So far, I’ve accomplished a few goals on my list. It’s been a month since I’ve started my blog and I have already lost 20 pounds give or take. I’m still a work in progress but it’ll all be completed or started before 2020 rolls around the corner.
Making changes in your life all at once can be a lot to process. It can almost be daunting when looking at a list of things that you want or need to change about yourself. Especially, if you’re a procrastinator like me. I’ve always been a procrastinator. This blog post that you’re reading was written last minute. Don’t judge me. However, I’ve always felt that I produce my best work when my back is up against the wall. However, that thought process can be quite unforgiving, especially if you never start.
So let me help you out and give you some tips to get you started towards your goals. Go grab a pen and piece of paper. Let’s get started!
1. Rewrite your goals: If you wrote your goals down previously, then you are already ahead of the game. Just rewrite what you have already written. It's always best to let yourself register that some changes are about to take place. So rewriting your goals is a must. If you haven’t, then this is the best time to start and write them down now. I look over my goals once a month. I may change some and add more if I feel that it's needed. However, it’s really up to you.
2. Start with one goal: Find the goal that you can easily add into your current lifestyle. Work on that until it becomes part of your everyday routine. Once you have that one goal down, slowly add in another goal. Keep doing this until you are working on all of your goals at the same time. You got this.
3. Know that it’s ok if you mess up: We are all humans and far from being perfect.
When you mess up or find yourself slacking off, take a step back. Take a day off from it all and start over. It’s not about the amount of times that you fall. It's about the amount of times that you get up. Keep pushing love, you got this.
4. Organization is your friend: I have a planner that I write my notes, goals and to-do list in. I make sure I create to-do list for the month and cross each item off as I complete them. It helps when you see that you are actually doing something and are getting closer to achieving your goal.
5. Rewarding Yourself Works: Find that one thing that you love and use that as your motivation to get things done. Be it watching your favorite TV show, buying that one thing you’ve had your eye on or even a snack. Use that as your motivation. I have a video game that I love to play (The Sims 4). However, I will not allow myself to play it if I don’t get certain things done. It's about holding yourself accountable. Trust me, you can do it.
6. Take it day by day: You didn’t end up where you are overnight. It's going to take time, patience and diligence to make the changes that you want to make. Just take it one day at a time.
I hope these help you with starting the process of losing the procrastinator mindset. Let's get these goals accomplished. We only have 265 days left in the year, let's make the best of them.
Until next time,