“Don’t fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all.”
- Mignon Laughlin
Can you put a stop to putting it off?
This week, in Monday’s inspiration, we kicked off a conversation about a problem that at one time or another plagues us all. Procrastination.
Continuing the conversation in the daily podcast, the one thing I want you to get out of this is to identify, act, and share what it feels like to take action to attaining one of your goals.
It doesn’t matter what it is, the only thing that matters is that Tomorrow Can’t Wait.
I want you to ask yourself, why is it acceptable to push yourself to things you really don’t want to do like running errands, mowing the lawn, doing the dishes… But when it comes to the things you really want in life it’s okay for you to say “Oh I’ll do it tomorrow.”
Well, we can’t wait till tomorrow. And that brings us to this week’s Question of the week.
Don’t worry if you’ve already spent a few minutes thinking and still can’t come up with anything… If you find that’s the case, then share your goal and ask for advice. I’m sure between the lot of us we can come up with something to get you started! :)
For me it's exercising. I'm very good at making excuses and putting off exercising for a day, week, month, year.
I will spend 15 minutes of my lunch hour using the stairmaster and excercise.
taxes! i applied for the extension, did the taxes online, printed out the completed forms, have refunds coming to me and i still haven't finished them off and sent them in!!! one of the forms has an error that i need to change.
TO DO: get the papers out, find some envelopes, sit down at the public library and read over the documents to see what i need to do to make the changes, sign them and send them off! today.
I'm cheering for ya! I ran into a similar tax burden a few years ago, and it took me forever to do the 20 minutes of work to get it taken care of. Crazy how adamant our subconscious/conscious mind can be when it wants to avoid "painful" experiences, huh?
For me it's getting up in the morning - I have been procrastinating in front of the internet at night so by the time I get to bed I cannot wake up in the morning.
I am setting an intention to go to sleep earlier so I can start my day earlier.
I have a very similar problem. That's right, I'm a snooze-a-holic.
At one point I had 3 alarms strategically placed all over my room, but it got to be too much for my roommate... They were waking him and possibly my neighbor up every morning (if that banging on the wall above my headboard is any indication)...
Eventually I solved the problem by downloading really annoying ringtones like "Crazy Frog" to my cell phone, and now I use just two alarms. I alternate annoying alarm ringtones on my cellphone along with one of those old alarm clock radio's. The radio alarm I've tuned to play the static between a spanish station that plays mostly mariachi and some kind of weird station that seems to play old radio dramas.
I need to work on getting to places on time. I have got to leave the house alot earlier.
One goal of mine that I'd like to achieve in the very near future is complete one of the multitude of hobby web-programming projects I've "semi-started" in the last couple of years.
To do this, I'm going to need to be more focused during the day and stay productive during work hours, so that I'm not still rushing to get things done 1/2 an hour before I should be in bed.
I installed a piece of software that monitors how I'm spending my time on my computer so that I can identify and cut out known time-wasters like facebook, myspace, and celebrity trash blogs, lol.
If any of you are intersted the software is free, but takes a few days to get "tuned" to your work style. You can get it at rescuetime.com
One thing I can do TODAY is stay on task with work, and then after I eat dinner, sit down and draft up a project plan alloting 1 hour per day for my personal projects.
I'm deciding right now that the one project I am choosing to focus on is (excerpto - a collaborative fiction writing site) and tonight after dinner I will draft up a project plan to cover the next 10 days. Each sunday night I will revisit, and add to my project plan as the project moves forward.
Wow, I guess that seems like way more than one step, but it feels really good to have it all out in black and white.
Not to mention now that I've gotten it outta my head, and in a public forum, maybe people will nudge me every now and again to ask how it's progressing. :-)
I have this burning desire to live and work overseas, particularly in Canada, all have done so far is to think about it and envision it, no practical action has yet been taken.
See, i dont want to live there illigally and i'm afraid that the process of qualifying might not favour me. Any assistance or insights in this regard would be hiighly appreciated
A quick google search: "immigrating to canada" pulled up this Canadian Gov website:
might be a good place to start! Good luck, man! Wish I knew more to help you get a solid start.
I have been putting off looking into going back to college in the fall. Notbecause of procrastination but because I wo to much in a day.
I will make the time to look into school and find out what I need to do to go back.
I immigrated to a Holland and I need to learn the local language in order to improve my chances in the job market. However, I've been putting it aside and postponing it for long time and I don't know how to get rid of this procrastination.
I always manage to keep myself busy.
The fear of rejections has made me step back a bit from actually SENDING my book ideas and my finished novel (My Babies, so to speak) out into the world for view.
I know that it is just something that I HAVE TO DO and I have been working up to the day for so long now, I am planning on doing just that, sending my kiddies out into the cold, cruel world of publishing when the first draft of my new book project is finished in Sept.
I have been working every day to edit and perfect, it will be ready to go, But WILL I be ready to LET IT GO? LOL, I hope so, and whatever happens after that, I will deal with. Micci
I'm a writer as well and can relate. I don't recall who it was, but a now hugely financially success writer has one huge room papered with his rejection letters. So...the only advise is hang in there. Paul
Where do I start? As a designer, your online portfolio is everything, and getting a job requires that not only is the work good, but the presentation is great too, so its been so hard for me to begin this huge project. What I started to do a couple days ago is set aside at least 10 mins. on it just to get it started. I end up working more than that though, and now that I've begun, the goal is in sight.
My big procrastination is on marketing my murder mystery theatre company. I look at the 'maketing' to do on my list...and I panic when I look at the huge amount of work that it involves. I guess I have to break it down more...
Exercise. I dress for exercise, and then get sidetracked with other more interesting things...
The things taht have worked in the past arent' possible because of he allergy, but I could go swimming. That is the only thing I need to get out of the house, do it fast and get it over with at least 2 times a week and do other things the rest of the week. I need a regular time.
Hi, I would like to get out and stock up on my essential oils, which I have been out of for some time and just keep putting it off.
I know they make me feel better, so why not do it.
I did manage to get off my butt and purchase a few things that I wanted and one was Billy Goat Soap and my salt crystal lamp. Both things that are good for me.
I would also like to do up some photo albums, a couple for my son and my mother.