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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anti-Procrastination Challenge: Choose a Goal Toward Which to Work

This Anti-Procrastination thing is working its way into every single area of my life, not just in keeping my house clean.  I am realizing more and more that I am all the time saying "I need to..." or "I really should...".

Talking about these things is not helping me reach any of my goals for my life.  If I continue on the same path that I'm on, I will enter old age realizing that I have wasted my life.

While goals are very good things, they will get you nowhere if you don't take the necessary steps to carry them out. 

Today I want you to think about your goals for your life.  (If you've never written them down, you need to start by doing that.)  Choose one of those goals and make a  list of the steps that need to be taken in order to reach it.  Then, just start.  NOW.  I mean, right now.  Get off the computer and go start.

My personal task was to start exercising.  Immediately.

Here's my little secret.  I hate exercising.  I hate it.  I really, really hate it, and I make every excuse possible to avoid it. Me:  "I need to wait until the baby is sleeping through the night."  My conscience: Okay, he is.  Now what?  Me: "Well, there's just not a good time to do it.  If I do it in the morning or during naptime, I'll wake up the kids.  After they're up there's just no time to do it.  I mean after all, I'm running around all day, fixing their food, changing diapers, cleaning up messes, doing laundry..."  My conscience: "Are you finished with your excuses?  You're just not doing it because you don't want to.  You're procrastinating. You've been making these same excuses since the day your first child was born 4 years ago."  Me: "4 years!  Have I really been saying for 4 years that I'm going to start exercising just as soon as...whatever?"

So, here's the grand Anti-Procrastination challenge lady, waking up to the fact that she is being a lazy bum.  So I started exercising today.  No fancy program or DVD's.  No gym membership.  Right now, I don't even have a set time to do it.  I just keep doing a few squats or situps throughout the day for a couple minutes at a time.  I think I've gotten over the biggest hurdle, which was just starting.  As I continue, I'm sure I will get into a routine that I like and find a good time to do it.  I just needed to let go of my excuses and get started.

So, what area of life are procrastinating in?  Are you going to get to the end of your life and realize that you didn't even reach half of the goals you wanted to reach?  You can do something to change that, right now.       

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Anonymous Heather @ Thrifty Stories said...

Hopped on over here from Christina's blog and immediately got sucked into your posts on procrastination. I always have an enormous mental list of things that I'd like to do that are "back burner" type of things. Girl, I am THE worst. And, yes, the excuses are endless- the kids are sick, I HAVE four kids, I want to spend time with hubs, I have over a dozen piano students, we have NO clean dishes, the laundry is well...need I say more?, I need to grade papers, etc. (And sadly I could go on.)
It feels GOOD just to accomplish something on your list of "cast-offs" -even something as small as changing that lightbulb above the stove. ;)
Good read. It's all about simplifying your life and time management...and simply "doing".

February 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous MaryEllen@TheImperfectHomemaker said...

Yes, Heather. I am one of those people that gets discouraged if I don't see visible results of my work. Doing these little things every day gives me something that has more lasting results than doing dishes. It has actually helped me do better at the "normal" housework because I get encouraged when I see progress.

February 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM  
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