Thursday, September 24, 2015

Day 247

Procrastination. We've all done it. We all fall into the trap of it. And we certainly use it to our (dis)advantage many times throughout the day. Have you ever thought...oh I'll just check my email before I make that phone call. Or I'll just press snooze one more time then I'll go for that run..

Oh yes, procrastination is definitely the reason most of us never achieve what we truly want. And it is the only thing that cannot be 'blamed' or justified by others. (although some may try..."Nana really needed me to...") At the end of the day though, it is only ourselves that dictate the path to achievement  getting things done and feeling fulfilled. 

As you may know I am expanding my dog training business, and really stepping up, going for it. Incorporating everything I know and love (including working with people with a disability) and giving it a red-hot go. In order to do this, I have stepped back from a role I was in for nearly 3 years. Scary. So Tuesday was my first real business day, I dedicated it to cleaning my office and making to-do lists and becoming overwhelmed! 

Then today I really got stuck in...paperwork, phone calls, making appointments, working out timelines, creating head is spinning!! It was amongst that though, I packed a box of kids books, cleaned the bathroom, made dinner, had a cuppa with a friend etc. But tonight, I feel alive. I made much progress, although there were a lot of baby steps!!

How do you overcome procrastination? 
Tips that help me: 
- Break it down into smaller steps - i.e. with the office, it's to sort through a shelf a day
- Write a to-do list and prioritise
- Set time-frames for tasks i.e. 30mins phone calls, 30mins break, 1hour reports etc
- If it is your own business - make sure you have 'working hours' so you can work a set time, and still have time to do other things - like gym, walk the dog, visit family (OUTSIDE of these times!)
- Catch yourself when you are falling into the trap of wasting time
- Work out how valuable your time is...and use it wisely
- Eat regularly and drink loads of water - sounds silly, but when you are fired up and doing something...the thought of doing this may feel like 'stopping' / procrastinating!
- There is a difference between procrastinating and doing tasks i.e. doing the ironing after dinner is just a task but doing ironing during the day when you need to make a difficult phone call....well... 
- If you are avoiding doing something, generally what you are filling your time with is procrastination. 
- Excuses are things we come up with to try to justify not completing something. 
- Only schedule what is possible to complete in the day. 

A quote I read today...

...Until Tomorrow xox

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Day 246

What is it about life that makes you give up? 

When I set myself the task of writing this blog, I was a bit broken, needed something to motivate and help me through a time...yet 12 months has past since I began this journey and I am only at day 246. What happened along the way for me to stop writing (something I love)? Oh of course I can tell you the myriad of reasons as to why this has happened.
I've been working, I don't have enough time, I've been on holidays, I have no internet...oh believe me I have not only heard them all, but actually said them all.


What is easy is giving up. What is harder, is jumping back onto the horse...the longer you leave it, the harder it is, and the more excuses you find to say that it's ok. The funny thing is how much power we give away to others when we are making the decisions to do it again. Such as 'everyone will think I'm silly for starting it again' or 'everyone will wonder why I had a break' or 'everyone will we go again, how long until I quit this time...' 

In ACTUAL reality, people are happy with whatever you decide to do. They may be disappointed or may want more from you - but that is THEIR issue not yours. 

So once you've overcome the initial steps to your 'come back', how do you stop it from happening again? My focus on the now. Do what enjoys you right now. Will stopping something you have started up again happen? Maybe? Possibly? Probably. Will that be ok? Definitely. 

I was reminded of this again last night at Nutrimetics training - 

It's not how you handle the highs that define your success and your abilities - but how you handle the lows. 

What makes your heart sing? What do you enjoy? Why aren't you doing it? Go and do it. 


...Until Tomorrow xox