is on my mind this morning….
Why do we put ‘things’ off?
Why are we willing to do ‘anything’ other than the ‘one thing’ we know we should be doing?
I’m not a procrastinator. I’m one of those ‘roll up your shirt sleeves and get it done’ kind of girls.
So, when I find myself avoiding a task I know needs action; I have to delve deeper and find out exactly why I am putting that particular activity on the ‘back burner’.
There are many reasons why space exists between our intentions and actions.
The reality is this: the end result is always the same; procrastination eats away at our most valuable asset, which is time.
We only get so much time. So why are we wasting it?
Procrastinating would seem to be a self-inflicted sort of wound that delays what we feel will result in ‘failure’.
Whenever I am dragging my feet toward action I need to dig deeper and find out what is really going on.
This winter, I found myself begrudgingly heading toward my basement exercise room. This happened more than once. I found my morning exercise to be postponed well past its usual time. I had to ask myself , ‘Why?’ What was it about my exercise program that I was not feeling the love?
Sometimes, it can be as simple as we need to change our routine. Maybe we need to give ourselves ‘permission’ to take a rest day. Maybe we need to make some minor adjustments to our meal design. Begin by tweaking a few minor things and see if our ‘procrastination’ lingers.
Have we been performing the routine longer than six weeks? Are we getting impatient for results? Do we dislike the activity? Is our workout area bright and cheerful? Are we getting enough sleep and recovery time? Are we drinking enough water?
Getting to the bottom of our delay tactics requires brutal honesty with ourselves.
Get real. Let’s stop kidding ourselves. As someone once said, “This isn’t a dress rehearsal.” This is our life.
In my case, I needed to switch my physical design routine. I was getting bored with my current situation. I needed a change of scenery. The boredom was not with just the exercise, either. I was feeling antsy and ready for change in several areas of life. Again, this realization requires us to be brutally honest AF with ourselves. Deal with the reality then do something to change it.
I think we all postpone things from time to time. Shaming is not motivation. Fear of failure is often the truth behind stalling and needs to be dealt with realistically, if that is the root cause. Frustration from lack of results may simply mean we need to be more realistic with our goals. Boredom may require us to be a bit more creative with our physical activity or daily duties.
What are you trying to avoid?
We only get so much time here. I want to help us stop wasting it.