How you do anything is how you do everything. So, letting go is easiest when it’s a habit.
To help you develop that habit, I’m committing to 365 Days of letting go. Won’t you join me?
For the next 365 days, I will post one suggestion for letting go. If it appeals to you, try it. By the end of a year, you will be living lighter and more authentic. You will be closer to your true self, and letting go will become a habit. Ready?
Let Go of Procrastination
If not you then who? If not now, then when?~ unknown
Procrastination shows up when the thing ahead of us is either not in alignment with our values, we don’t truly want it or believe we can have it.
Making healthy decisions is great when moving forward, and removing our blocks helps to free us. However, when it stops us in our tracks, it can keep us from growing.
One day of hesitation can turn into a week, and then a lifetime. That lifetime can feel full of regret when we fail to act.
So take a step today. Any step. It doesn’t have to lead to where you hope to end up. Taking a step just moves you away from the stuck place. It gives you options.
Once you are there, pause. Evaluate how it feels. If you like it, keep moving. If you don’t like it, you can return to where you were or step in a different direction.
For example, are you trying to write a book? Write a page or even a sentence. Don’t just stare at a blank page. Doodle. Make an outline. Write down keywords. Just write something.
Are you trying to decide which college to go to? Make a pros and cons list. Talk to people to get their thoughts. Visit a campus. Get those ideas rolling.
Got a junk pile or drawer that you need to clean out? Set a timer for five minutes. Commit to doing five minutes of productive work. If you end up on a roll, go longer. If you don’t, well, you have less in front of you than you did the day before.
If you are procrastinating because you don’t want to do the thing ahead of you, it helps to change your attitude from “I have to do this” to “I get to do this.” The latter is at attitude of gratitude.
- I get to write blog posts because I am literate. I have thoughts to share with people who can benefit from them.
- I get to clean my car because I am blessed enough to have a reliable car that gets me where I am going.
- I get to make my kids breakfast because I am lucky enough to have a family.
- I get to go to work because I have a job that pays me for my skills and supports me.
- I get to exercise because I am conscious of my health and want my body to serve me well throughout my lifetime.
Do you see how a change in attitude can change your approach to things?
Do you have another tip for letting go of procrastination? Share it in the comments!