Nope. Don’t wait until you finish lunch. Don’t wait until the minute hand gets to the top of the clock or to the next marking on the clock. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t wait until after this, that, or the other thing. Do it right now. Get moving right now.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that all of have probably faced procrastination at one point or another in our lives. If not recently, most likely in school. Procrastination is understandable and it always has a root cause. Even if it is just laziness, there’s something underneath it that motivates us to push something off.
But it isn’t healthy. Not at all. Especially not when it permeates into other areas of our life.
When we procrastinate with homework or work, it’s not just setting us up for stress when the deadline approaches. It sets us up to procrastinate with other things. We put off exercise, diet, relaxation. And that’s just as detrimental. Let’s start breaking this down. To understand how to just get up and do it, we need to understand why we are putting it off.
There’s a lot going on in our heads. There’s a lot of negativity dropped off by Buzz. There’s a lot of self-doubt. A lot of hatred. In many ways, trying to do something right away and pursuing it with all our heart is like looking at a dark lake, in the middle of the night, and jumping right in without being sure if we can swim or if there are monsters in these waters. The big question, what if we fail? That’s not an easy question to face. Every time we dive into something we have to face the outcome of failure. Not everything will succeed. In fact, you’ll probably have a chunk of failures before a small success. While we doubt ourselves and our probability of success, we begin to become afraid of failure. We start to fear the pain and shame failure will bring. But that’s also on us, isn’t it? Accept failure. It’s part of life. And even though people encourage us not to feel bad, they shame us for failing. And that’s okay too. Ultimately, it comes down to how we feel about it.
This one’s less complex. We’re plain lazy. We know something is going to take effort, maybe a lot of effort, and we just don’t feel like it. We don’t want to. Instead, we wanna mope around and do nothing. Sleep all day, binge-watch our favorite show, and maybe even plop our butts down in front of YouTube with a container of ice cream. Sometimes, you just have to force yourself to do something otherwise, it’ll never get done. Laziness is something we have to teach out of ourselves. The more work we do, the more we get up and get moving, the less conditioned we become to being lazy.
All right, undeniably this one is very close to the last one. You just can’t do it. You are exhausted. You want to take a day, sit down, and relax. Seeing another deadline approach makes tears come to your eyes. This is a wake-up call. You’re overworked, overtired, and maybe even not eating right. The thought of doing something, whether it’s trying a new diet and exercise plan or just doing yoga at noon, overwhelms you. My advice to you here is stop reading this article and instead, go take a nap. Go sit down for a while. It’s important to incorporate rest and relaxation into our daily routines. If we don’t, we slowly approach a point where we will burn out. Which is not something we want.
There are others reasons as well so please take time, evaluate why you might be in the habit of procrastinating.
So, what happens when we teach ourselves it’s okay to procrastinate on things like work? We teach ourselves it’s okay to procrastinate all the time. It’s okay to put off starting our new diet until next week, next month. It’s okay to start exercising on January first, instead of December 23rd. It’s okay to start working towards your goal after this weekend. You know what happens?
You don’t make progress.
Waiting until a special date will not guarantee your success. But it might guarantee your failure.
When I hear that someone isn’t going to start that diet today, start working out today, start prioritizing something today I think they don’t care enough. If you are unwilling to put aside your comfort now you are unwilling to put aside your comfort then. You might stick to what you’re doing for a while, but you will plateau or you will fail because you are not setting yourself up for success.
If you want to eat healthier, sit down with a magazine, Google healthy recipes, do some research and go shopping tonight. Toss out everything you won’t eat that’s been opened. Donate everything that’s still closed to a food pantry. Start over now.
If you want to exercise, if you want to do yoga, run, bike, etc, get that gym membership now. If you aren’t in a position where you can drop everything and go for a run, walk, bike ride right now do it immediately upon your arrival home. Then, set up your schedule and be ready to have to change it.
For anything you want, there is no reason good enough to avoid doing it right now. If you’re injured, started working around it. If you’re depressed, start fighting through and finding solutions. If you’re lazy, start teaching yourself determination and discipline. If you’re scared, stay scared and step out of your comfort zone. What frightens you today will be tomorrow’s hobby.
That being said, we aren’t taught what some of the things are that help set us up for success. Before you are able to even go do what you want to do, you need to have a starting point. This is what you need to right now.
There are a few things that will set you up for success:
- Write out your goals
- Plan a sustainable schedule
- Be open to change that
- Open yourself to the idea of a journal
- Journal your progress, feelings, setbacks
- Do not give yourself any excuse
- Accept that discomfort and pain will come
- Understand that pushing through it is part of any change
- Do. Your. Research
- Diet, exercise, anything needs research to be successful
- What will work for you?
- Believe in yourself, quietly and vocally
- It isn’t cockiness, it’s confidence
All right, we’ve got that covered. Now, one last word of wisdom (if you want to call it that). You can be too go, go, go. Remember to plan in time to relax. Mental health is as important as anything else. Don’t forget that on your journey.
So, whatever you want to accomplish. Start it now.