Oh shit, Halloween is approaching….then before you know it it’ll be Christmas and then the year is finished and I seem to have got more on my annual to do list than I had at the start of the year, so I need to get my arse in gear.
I hope I’m not the only one.
I’ve got a whole heap of things that I should be doing with my days off – yet what I do instead is read, or watch TV boxsets, meanwhile the stairs haven’t been hoovered in longer than I care to mention and I haven’t done as much as I wanted to do to launch an exciting coaching program I’ve been talking about since before the summer (OK, I’ve done next to nothing!).
Why do we procrastinate? Loads of reasons….sometimes it because the task is not exciting (hoovering the stairs) or because it’s a bit daunting (coaching program) but lets face it, if it was urgent and you felt it really was a priority you’d get it done.
So, how do you get the boring day to day stuff done?
Do it first thing, either when you get up or get home, but I find it best not to sit down first.
Do as much as you can in a set amount of time – it’s amazing how much tidier I can make my house in a very short period when I find out a visitor is 20 minutes away!
Stop kicking yourself about it, no one else cares if your pillow cases aren’t ironed, so if you don’t either, take that shit of your list.
What about the bigger projects?
When I was at school and had essays to write, they tended to get written the day before the deadline. I think I needed the urgency to get going. As we usually embark on projects of our own choosing once we’re in the “real world” (running 5k, losing 2 stone, launching a business, redecorating the house or whatever) we have no deadline thrust upon us, often meaning they don’t really get done. So, step one, set a deadline – and a penalty for missing it.
What about where to start? Write down all the steps you need to take, all the actions you can do get you closer to the goal and start doing them. Do something every day that moves you closer, even if it’s reading a quick article for ideas or sending an e-mail to move something forward.
Not managing to stay motivated or on track? Find an accountability partner – someone who will kick your arse if you don’t do what you said you would.
If you’d like hand getting your shit together, then a coach is an ideal person to help you figure out the steps to take and hold you accountable for your actions – check out the coaching I offer.
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