Hello, Friends –
Welcome to a new week! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! It was a great one for me, as I got to spend it (and a couple of days last week) on vacation, in Northern California wine country, with my husband and some friends of ours. It was a wonderful getaway filled with a lot of laughter (and of course, some wine).
Recently I listed to something about procrastination, and it really made me think. So I thought I’d blog about it. I’ve thought lately about how procrastination seems to, at times, falsely build up the task(s) I am avoiding as some kind of 3-headed monster. When I get around to doing whatever it is I avoided, it’s never as bad as I have thought and it almost never takes as long to do. There are several quotes out there about procrastination – “Procrastination is the thief of dreams” and “Someday is not a day of the week” being two of them. One of my favorites is “Procrastination is like a credit card – It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill”. There are countless more and they are all wise and true.
So… why do we procrastinate so much? Is it because we think we don’t have the time to get whatever it is, done? Is it because we think whatever it is will be SO painful to do that it truly gives us more pleasure to avoid it all together? It is out of fear of what may happen as a result of taking action? I guess it depends upon what “it” is that we are avoiding. If it’s going to the doctor to get that checkup, it may be fear of what the good doctor will tell us. If it’s going to the gym or starting a healthy eating plan, maybe it’s the thought of the soreness you will feel, or worry that you feel like you’re sacrificing too much of what you enjoy. If it’s cleaning out a closet, maybe it’s the thought of how long it may take. Whatever the reason for procrastination, it robs us of time, whether it’s now or later. If it’s getting healthy/losing weight, like everything else, what is easy to do is also easy NOT to do. For me personally, knowing how much progress I made in only 8 weeks last year on my 8-Week Run/Transformation, I know the power of time and of getting started doing whatever it is that is being avoided. If I hadn’t started when I did, I wouldn’t have lost 12 pounds in those 8 weeks. Think of how far you can get if you just GET STARTED on whatever your “it” is. Plus, procrastination robs us emotionally if, in the process, it causes anxiety, stress, worry, fear, etc. So again – why do it?
The bottom line is that we all procrastinate and have our reasons. I’m no exception. Reflecting on the various things I’ve avoided doing, and then how easy they end up being when I go ahead and do them, I have to wonder why I have put things off so much. The good thing is that lately, in recognizing how procrastination robs me of time and energy that I can’t afford to waste, I’ve started doing it a LOT less. I think about how I know I won’t want to do it later, so I just get it done.
So I have a challenge for you – To steal Nike’s slogan, “Just do it”. The next time you have the urge to procrastinate, JUST DO IT and see how great it feels. You get to mentally or literally check whatever it is off of your to-do list and you’ll have a sense of accomplishment. And you won’t have to do it later.