Today is the day! The kids wake up to chocolate, candies, and toys! Sugar, sugar and more sugar! My youngest (6 years old) is awesome. He woke up, made himself breakfast, had a little piece of chocolate then joined me for my workout. How cute! Love that evil minion <3
Today is a day of temptation if you’re trying to lessen your sugar intake. DON’T GIVE IN! I know, I know – it’s just too easy. That’s the point. Always remember this:
“If it’s cheap, easy, fast or fake – it’s not the road you want to take.”
So last post we discussed making excuses and how excuses set you up for failure and nothing less. Today let’s take a look at one of the other means of failure. Procrastination.
Procrastination is just as powerful (if not more powerful) as making excuses. It begins a snowball effect of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. If you choose not to do that chore, that exercise, that report today … you’re only making more work for yourself tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed because now you not only have that report to complete, but you also have a house to clean, laundry to do, groceries to get and possibly a whack load of errands to run.
I endorse no one, but let’s face it… Nike got it right. JUST DO IT!
Procrastination works in conjunction with making excuses and fear. These three negatives, if you let them in your life, will stop you in your tracks and hinder all progress.
ARE YOU STUCK?
How badly do you procrastinate? Do you get side tracked by Facebook? YouTube? Texting? TV? Chances are you do. Phones, computers, and televisions are the largest contributors to habitual procrastination. Feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear also play a large role.
Here’s the problem… Procrastination sub consciously creates habits, usually bad habits. And we already know, habits are hard to break.
You need to overcome procrastination and take back your life. Below is a quick exercise you can do to help you overcome the nasty time-stealing monster that is procrastination.
GRAB A PEN & PAPER!!
Step 1) Recognize where you procrastinate. Is it laundry that you don’t do? Is it the dishes that pile up? Making that important phone call? Completing that report for work? Where do you procrastinate the most in your life? Write that down.
Step 2) Identify WHY you are procrastinating? Are you just overwhelmed? Are you afraid of something? Write down WHY you think you procrastinate.
Step 3) Adopt Anti-Procrastination Strategies! This seems simple, but this is the hardest part of the exercise. How do you do this? One of the best ways is to tell someone. By telling someone you (and they) will hold you accountable when something doesn’t get done due to procrastination. Maybe set yourself up a reward system. It sounds juvenile but it works. Make it work in more than one way. For example, every time you push passed your procrastination put $10 into a jar. At the end of the month, go on a shopping spree to reward yourself for beating procrastination!
The key here is consistency. Being true to yourself is hard. We lie to ourselves as often as we lie to other people. It’s easier to wallow in the comfort of a lie than it is to face the cold, hard truth. But if you are honest and consistent with yourself, you will beat procrastination. Remember, instant results are not included. Training your brain takes time.
Overcoming procrastination, finding inner peace and being happy with who you are is one of the hardest things you will ever do. But the rewards are worth every uncomfortable, and even painful moment of the journey.
Until Next Time