I think I am a professional procrastinator. I come from a long line of procrastinators and have been a wonderful student and teacher of this practice. We get really good at what we practice.
I get so much done when I am avoiding something hard or something I don't want to do. Like right now, I should be cleaning my apartment, putting away my piled up stack of Christmas stuff (it's Easter-time for goodness sake!), and doing laundry, but instead I am drafting my blog.
I am being productive. But I have the nagging feeling that doesn't allow me to relax, because my house is not in order. So I snack on chocolate covered raisins, which merely distracts me for a moment, and my home didn't clean itself. I am running out of clean underwear...then again Amazon can deliver more tomorrow..hmmmm, I have lots of options.
I think I might be an expert procrastinator. Sounds very prestigious.
My friend, Gwen offered me the best advice I think I have gotten on this topic. And it makes a lot of sense. She said, set a timer for 15 minutes and get whatever cleaning you can get done and then move on. The cool trick about this technique is that once a body is in motion, it stays in motion unless acted upon by another force.
I am amazed how quickly cleaning can get done once I start. I ask myself...every single time, why did I wait so long, it's so pretty now and now I have clean underwear, lol.
It must start though. That's the hard part. How do I get "my body in motion" to do the thing that is hard or not really what I want to do? Well, it's simple, but it requires action. It's called...wait for it....JUST DO IT!
Taking action, no matter how small, or for any amount of time will get me going and maybe it will be helpful to you too. I just set my timer for 15 minutes and I am headed off to start load of laundry, what will you do?
Just do it!
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