If there was an award for the world's worst (or best?) procrastinator I would win it hands down. I have written countless blog posts about what a procrastinator I am and how I'm going to stop ASAP. The problem is that ASAP turns into tomorrow and we all know what tomorrow often turns into, at least for me...never. I can't stand it anymore. I seriously can't. I think procrastination is like so many other nasty habits that people commonly have to overcome. For example, over 2 1/2 years ago I weighed over 200 pounds and was tired of looking how I looked, feeling how I felt and living how I lived. I had felt that way for years but something was different that time. I was DONE done. I had to change and come hell or high water it was going to happen. I did it. I lost a lot of weight and kept it off...minus this whole pregnancy thing but that is a bit of an extenuating circumstance.
Another bad habit that I had to overcome was my perpetual disorganization. If you have followed my blog you know all about that journey too. I had to finally admit it to a friend who helped me get started on being organized and helped to give me some tools to stay that way. It was then my hard work and persistence that has kept me that way. I have now reached the point where it gives me anxiety to have the house in disarray. I know some modifications will have to be made once the baby starts to become more independent but I have also talked to a lot of people that have said that it can be quite realistic to both have kids and to still maintain a clean home. It's all about what you teach your kids. Easier said than done I am sure.
The reason I bring both of these examples up is because I conquered those bad habits so I know I am capable to beating my chronic bad procrastination. I hope that, as was with both of the other bad habits I just brought up, I have actually reached the point of being done enough to finally make the changes that need to be made. That's the other part of me that I have really gotten to know. I can want something but that doesn't necessarily mean that I want it bad enough to actually put the time and effort into doing what I need to do to make it happen. Are any of you like that?
After I wrote yesterday's blog post about the chalk board I really started thinking about all of the things in my life that I have waited and waited and waited to do but have never just buckled down and done. The funny thing about most of the items on my list is that they would take no time to do. We're talking less than 30 minutes each. So...that leads me to "what am I going to do about it". I am going to start a list as soon as I post this of as many items as I can think of that I have been procrastinating on and am going to finish one item everyday until it is done. I am going to allow for 2 days a week that I may not get something done and that is okay. I'm not perfect and that is totally okay.
You all know I love quotes and for those of you who follow me on Facebook you know that I periodically post quotes that really strike a cord with me and today's was so fitting for both my life and this post so I decided to share it here too.
"It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to." ~ Annie Gottlier
I guess that is what it really takes. I need to WANT to stop procrastinating and I need to want it bad enough to do something about it.