From one procrastinator to another, let’s just end it
Do you remember when you bought that course on learning Italian and you kept putting it off and now you’re only remembering because I brought it up?
What about the time when you decided you were going to work out every single morning, but when morning came, you said ‘I’ll do it later,’ then you went to bed having done nothing but walk back and forth from the couch to the fridge?
I may or may not be talking about things I’ve experienced.
My “Easy Italian Phrases,” book is mocking me as I am writing this article.
Everyone has their own personal struggles and the important thing to note is that you can cultivate positive habits in your life to avoid procrastination.
Whenever I think of procrastination, I think of this line from Gone With The Wind:
“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Scarlett, the main character, uses this phrase, “tomorrow is another day” every time something negative happens to her. At the end of the novel, the man she claims to love leaves her, and she says, “tomorrow is another day,” yet again.
What if tomorrow never comes?
What if the thing you keep putting off, needs to be done when you say you will do it because it can alter the course of your life?
If Scarlett had dealt with her feelings at that moment instead of letting Rhett leave her, perhaps she wouldn’t essentially be divorced and depressed.
Procrastination makes you feel like you have all the time in the world when in reality, you don’t.
Not putting things off is a habit you must cultivate — and once you do, you’ll be glad because the things that you once used to look at with dread, or the things that made you feel like you weren’t capable of accomplishing them, will soon become second nature to you.
Let’s take fitness as an example.
Say you want to start going to the gym every single day, you want to start a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s a constant challenge for you. Whatever reasons you may have, this can be changed by doing a few simple things.
First off, you don’t need to go to the gym every day to start a healthy lifestyle.
There are other things you can do! Here are a few examples of things you could start doing:
Start by adding daily walks into your schedule, try to take them around the same time each day so your brain would begin to get accustomed to this, and every day when 2–3 o'clock hits, you know it’s time for your daily walk.
Start incorporating a HOME workout in the mornings before you begin your day. This doesn’t have to be a heavy weight lifting session, turn on a YouTube video for a 10–15 minute HIIT workout, or a yoga session, or whatever you prefer and get it done, quick and easy.
Incorporate runs, hikes, swimming, etc into your routines. Sometimes going to the gym or working out at home gets boring, try to get outdoors for fresh air and for your body to get a different sort of movement.
Create KILL lists
This is like a to-do list, only it’s a KILL list. A smash-your-goals-list.
Something that will make you feel good and accomplished at the end of every single day.
Write out a KILL list every day, or better yet, the night before to avoid adding any unnecessary items into your schedule.
A kill list must be done by the end of the day, I’ll give you a free pass for 1–2 things depending on the length of your list, but as I said, this is not a to-do list. This is bigger and better.
Always do right by your first instinct
When you think about your day, what are the things that instantly come to mind when you’re contemplating your daily regular tasks and then your goals?
“The laundry is stacking up I should probably do it…”
“I should probably get groceries we’re out of…”
“I feel incredibly low energy today I should take a nap and maybe I’ll feel more energized after…”
“I skipped my run yesterday I should go on one today…”
Every single time you have these thoughts enter your brain, don’t let yourself contemplate any further. Do right by your first initial instinct.
Your alarm goes off? Get out of bed, don’t snooze 10x.
You told yourself you’re going to write 10 pages a day? Write 10 pages a day.
You told yourself you’re going to start working out? Start working out.
You have ALL of the answers. You are an incredibly smart and powerful individual, do not let your mind go astray when you contemplate things that will help you excel.
Procrastination is a bad habit. You can kill it by creating good, and positive habits.