After years of being a Personal Development Coach, I would say that I’ve learned many procrastination lessons the hard and painful way. It was tough when they happened but I am grateful for these lessons now, as they have made me so much stronger!
If you want to live a purposeful life, you will need to learn these lessons at some point in your journey, so let me save you some time, heartache, and money!
After all, I want my lessons to be your path forward.
Here are some of the hardest lessons I had to learn:
● Putting things off
I realized that I had a bad habit of putting things off. I start something but never finished. If it was a new project, I get excited in the beginning, but by the middle, I had lost interest so I stop doing it all together. After I sat and thought about why I continued to do this, it was because the task was too big for me so putting it off was comfortable. The lesson I learned was to create a plan of action and break the larger tasks into smaller ones and take it one step at a time.
The truth is time waits for no one. You have to do your part and plan out what you want to do from A to Z.
I realized that there are enough distractions around us every day that stops us from being productive. If it’s not your phone going off with texts and alerts, then it’s COVID-19 news and the lack of a cure. I come to realize that if I do not protect my time (and mind), then I will lose the opportunityto get ahead in life.
Having a to-do list makes the biggest difference in eliminating distractions because even if you start to get off task, you realize that you have something that needs to be completed by a certain date.
● Not knowing your WHY
Finally, I realized that when you are a procrastinator, knowing your WHY is important. By nature, we put things off because it something we don’t feel like doing, don’t have enough time, or don’t know where to start. Your WHY is the motivation that keeps you going when you want to give up. For example, If you want to lose weight but do not like to exercise or change your eating habits more than likely you will not lose weight. But if your doctor tells you to lose weight in the next 6 months or you will die, your WHY is now important because you want to live.
Keeping your “WHY” in front of you at all times will work and push you to work harder.
Can you relate to any of the above lessons?
I don’t want you to waste too much time trying to live a purposeful life, so I hope that this email has helped you to understand the crazy journey it takes to be intentional with your time.
Tell me in the comments and let me know!