I have a feeling this post will be a lot shorter than the others I’ve written. There aren’t many issues that I cover on this blog where I feel like I’ve got it handled, but this is one. I’m not sure why I’ve developed the OCD-like tendency to get things over with once I begin, but I have. That’s not to say I’m better than anyone else who does struggle with it. I’m just not a procrastinator.
Putting things off makes me physically ill. Honestly, I feel horrible if there is a task hanging over my head, and I can’t enjoy doing anything else until I’ve finished it.
I know, however, that this isn’t the case for many people. I’m not sure how they do it, but some folks are just fine ignoring that voice in the back of their heads that tells them to finish what they start, or start at all. If that’s you, then, quite frankly, you need to get over that. You’re not doing yourself any favors.
I really want to give meaty advice on this site about issues that challenge people. I don’t typically like pat answers, and most of the time things aren’t simply black and white. However, with the issue of procrastination, I don’t know what else to say but, “Don’t”.
Quit putting off what you know you need to do. If you can’t get your hands around the challenges that are facing you, if they seem to nebulous or vague to really know what the next step is, then read about staying on track with your goals. In fact, it might help you to go back through the entire Life Design Series that I ran here and re-evaluate why it is you do what you do.
Start Being Your Best isn’t necessarily a “productivity blog”. So, if you need more tips on putting your life in order, feel free to cruise on over to such awesome sites as Nick Cernis’ Put Things Off, Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders (especially his older stuff), or check out Charley Gilkey over at Productive Flourishing (check out what he wrote about Frogs and Anchors; my thoughts exactly, but more awesomer). If you can’t find the cure for what ails you there, I’m not sure where you can find it.
So there. Right around 400 words, as opposed to the normal 1000+. I hope you’re not disappointed. 🙂 Get up and do something to move you forward toward reaching your goals. Do it now.
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