What’s with all the procrastination!!!!???!!!
I currently have 32 blog posts started… and unfinished. Thirty Two.
Some really good ones too….
Make Your Own Wool Felt Dryer Balls
Grow a Medicinal Herb Garden
For the Love of Coconut Oil
Healthy Winter Skin
A Visit to the Market
Embrace the Mess – Hair, Braids and Headbands
You know what’s really frustrating? When you find tons of recent blog posts on the subject you started writing about months ago. Sigh…
I have this seemingly ongoing issue with starting things but not finishing them lately. (So much so that I started this post on January 31st… 29 days ago! )So, I decided to spend some time with the idea. What is it that creates this act of starting so much but not finishing all of it?
I decided to google it.
“Why do I start things and never finish them?”
And as with just about anything, there were “answers” on the internet. Hmmh. Now, trust me. I was not intending to find an end to my problem from google. But I was interested in reading the comments, ideas and stories from other people. And boy did I find some whoppers. Everything from your just lazy, seek professional help, there was a trauma in your life that needs to be addressed, to it happens to all of us, you’re afraid of failure… and my personal favorite – you are lacking vitamins.
There is a ton of talk of ADD, Social Anxiety and other mood disorders causing such things. And certainly there is great truth to this. Depression can reach in and snatch everything you have without you ever seeing it coming. As can traumatic life events.
Life. This is where most of my latest trouble lies. Things have been chaotic. There have lots of changes, unexpected events, unforseen and un-preventable craziness. But there is also the fact that I am a mother, wife, trainer, realtor, artist, writer, gardener and prehaps far too many other things to do them all well all the time.
I read this quote on one blog forum…
“My motivation works just like fireworks…
So beautiful, yet only lasts a few seconds.”
Does that resound with you the same it does with me? Every once in a while throughout my history I have found myself suffering weeks, perhaps months of these bursts and lulls. I make the lists, start writing the pieces, begin the projects and then the very next day, and many after can’t seem to drag myself back to them. Or I simply forget about them entirely.
What’s frustrating is that this is not my common way, but something that happens out of the blue. Leaving me knowing that this is not my habit, not how I generally perform. But seemingly unable to change it. Like waking to find you can see, you can hear, you can think, but you can’t move. You can’t speak. Trapped.
I have found a number of things that affect motivation, preclude procrastination and ensure a successful outcome. Here are a few of my favorites…
1. Be sure you want it. It’s easy to start things when they suddenly appear and seem entertaining. But by taking a moment to consciously decide you actually like and are fully enthused with what you are about to begin, you will be more apt to finish.
2. Have a plan. Treat your life a bit like you would a business. Sure you have goals, but do you have a plan to completion of that goal? Give each goal or project a timeline.
3. Be organized. Have a schedule. Prepare your days in advance. This keeps you on track, more focused and less apt to get to flustered and cause you to lose track.
Number 3 here is my favorite. Staying organized is a key factor for me when it comes to being successful. As we have discussed, I am very enthusiastic and motivated yet my gypsy ways have a tendency to distract me. Writing lists and having plans are essential when it comes to keeping me on track. I use a number of methods like a planner, reminders set on my phone, meal plans… and lists. Lists and more lists.
I found these planners I think you will love!!
These are some of the things that… most often… help keep me from the dreaded procrastination.
What helps keep you focused and motivated?
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