I put things off sometimes. You do too. We all do. We procrastinate on the things we know we should do but we just can’t get to somehow.
Not the commitments you make to other people of course. Not your client deadlines. Not your family. You can probably be counted on to faithfully walk the dog or help with homework or call your Mom. Oh wait, that’s me.
It’s the important ‘you’ stuff that’s much easier to procrastinate on. Getting to the gym; going back to school; updating your resume; changing jobs; saving for the trip of a lifetime; competing for a promotion; brushing up on your managerial skills; having a tough conversation. The list goes on.
In the madness of the day-to-day, it always seems like there will be a better time. The best time. The right time. So we wait. For the perfect circumstances to show up.
I was actually procrastinating on writing this blog post when I came across a TEDTalk on procrastination of all things. Coincidence? I think not ;). It got me moving.
So, what are you waiting for? What gets in your way? What keeps you stuck? What ‘someday’ are you hoping for on which the planets will align and the universe will conspire to bring you all that you need to move forward on the important stuff? What’s your important stuff?
What one small thing could you do today that would take you in the direction of your dreams? Do it. Now.
If you need a boost, here’s the TEDTalk I mentioned – Tim Urban: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.
What motivates you when you are procrastinating? Share your strategies in the comments below. We procrastinators could use your help.
Author: Cathy Shaughnessy
Cathy Shaughnessy is a PRISM award winning ICF Master Certified Coach and author of the book series The Really Competent Coach. Cathy coaches senior leaders, mentors credentialed coaches, trains fledgling coaches and helps organizations build strong coaching cultures.
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