As you all can see I have been procrastinating on getting here to post some more. I have not been doing this on purpose but this seems to be a re-occurring habit of mine that I am trying to break. For those of you who don’t know I am a professional freelance writer so I write pretty much every day. The topics that I write on do vary but for the most part I actually write about addiction and recovery, self-help topics and some others as well. I can easily write for my job but for some reason I fail to keep up with my personal writing such as here on this blog. I believe there are many reasons for that but it all really boils down to my fear of failure I think. I am still often afraid that others won’t like what I have to say or that I will offend someone with my writing. However, recently I have decided to change my mindset about all of that. How can I ever succeed if I don’t try? How can I ever help others through my writing if I don’t write? Those things aren’t possible without action. I have decided to go from procrastination to action and today I am going to share with you on how I started doing that. Remember though these are the things that have worked for me and they may or may not work for all of you but I will share them all the same.
What are the ways that I have gone from procrastination to action?
As I mentioned my procrastination has gotten the best of me lately especially in the terms of my personal writing. However, that is not the only aspect of my life that procrastination has taken hold of. Some of the other areas of my life include my personal life, my household chores, my research for personal growth, my daily schedule and more. I have let things slip but recently when I decided to change procrastination into action I made some great changes that have helped me not only get things done but feel much better about myself too. Some of the ways that I have gone from procrastination to action include:
- Making a to-do list every night for the following day and marking things off right when I get them done (if something doesn’t get done it gets transferred to the next day). When I first started this a few days ago I was only getting about half of the things on my to-do list done but today I got all but one of them done and this post was on there too.
- Tracking every minute of my day. I started this the same day I started making my to-do lists and I know three days of commitment to something doesn’t sound like much to some but it is a major deal for me. I write down something when I start doing it and then I write the time I started next to what I am doing (this is all done in a notebook). When I finish each thing I write the time I finished next to it. At the end of the day I write down how much of my time goes to personal things, to my work and to my household chores too. This has helped me to see where and how I was actually spending my time. It is amazing what changes need to be made from time to time.
- Keeping all of my journals, my schedule, my bills and other needed items in one place. Another thing that I have procrastinated on is organization. I believe the main reason for this is because I felt like everything needed to be separate because that made me feel more in control, although little did I know it having everything apart from one another was making me lose control and have more stress too. I found a briefcase and started organizing everything in that. I have dividers to separate my to-do lists, a list of phone calls I need to make, my journals, contact information, ideas I have and more. Everything is now neatly separated in this organized briefcase. Now, I can still separate things while having everything together and it works out great. I take it with me wherever I go.
I now know that procrastinating is one of the many things that has gotten me so stressed and anxious over the years. Now, I know I just recently started taking consistent action in my life and my organizing efforts but it is working and I am pushing myself to stick with it. I really hope that these ideas help even just one person to put their life into action and end procrastination once and for all. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I hope to share more with all of you very soon.