The start of a new year always makes me think about what I could be doing better. I used to be a habitual procrastinator in all areas of life. I'm talking small things like errands and doing laundry...well laundry I'm still working on not procrastinating against :) The struggle is so real y'all! Big things too just simply use to scare me into procrastinating. Then came the questions like, how can I do this or that and can I really do that? How?
As a mother, wife and entrepreneur it become increasingly difficult to stay on track. Being tired, stressed working a 8 to 5, plus trying to run a career on the side wears on you. You can start becoming discouraged and eventually you start to loose motivation along the way (Read my previous post about motivation). The more added to my plate the more I said, "I don't have time to do this". Sound familiar ladies? Although time was my biggest struggle, I started to wonder why.
But what I've discovered is you have to make time. There is no magical formula! Really it's simple as prioritizing what's important. It's hard, it takes serious practice! Stick with it though, don't give up.
I hear a lot of women saying, it's so and so's fault that I never did this or that. Which most of the time is a false statement. If you have a true desire to do something, I believe there's a way. A desire to follow your dreams, find or create that dream job you've always wanted, go back to school and the list goes on and on, you get the point.
Fact is, with God and a bit of ambition we can do anything! With the help of the Internet now days and sites like YouTube you can literally learn how or where to go to learn just about anything.
So let's stop making excuses and make 2016 the year of "Just Do IT"!
Go for it! Don't be scurred! Remember this isn't a dress rehearsal ladies, we only get one shot, alright? Let get it!
1. Stop The Blaming
Acceptance is often as hard as forgiving. Forgive yourself and forgive that other person you feel might be responsible! Accept the fact that you may have failed or missed a chance. It may have to be daily, even hourly if you have to. But whatever it is, don't get stuck! Move on!
2. Use A Planner
The only way I've found that really stops procrastination is using a calendar or planner of some sort. I have to tell myself that I need to write everyday as a priority to stay on track. Keeping a planner and a calendar really helps! I use a combination of the Passion Planner and Google Calendar. I look at my paper planner consistently each day and use Google Calendar for reminders. I can't seem to choose to be strictly traditional or strictly digital. I guess it's just whatever you prefer :)
If there's something that you want to do but you're stuck because you just know it's going to cost a lot of money, research! There's always more than one way to skin a cat. I've heard some remarkable stories about how people have accomplished things and overcame despite what they thought they knew. Get on that Internet and find out girl! It doesn't hurt to know. And as the Notorious B.I.G once said, "If you don't know, now ya know" LOL.
4. Go Deep
Is there something that you're really, I mean really scared of? Is there a deeper reason why you haven't accomplished that one thing or why you can't seem to make time? Soul searching is necessary sometimes in order for change to come about. You don't have to tell anyone, grab a journal, a notebook or your phone and just jot down some thoughts. You may discover there's a deeper reason that's stopping you from accomplishing a certain goal.
5. Look To The Future
You know that saying, "Don't put off, what you can do today"? Sometime we forget that time is not indispensable. We're getting older by the minute! We get wrapped up in the "now" a lot, it's easy to do trust me, I do it alot. But I had to stop and think about the legacy I wanted to leave for my children. I want to be able to have stories to tell my grandkids about the adventures and triumphs they're grandmother has had.
Bottom line is, as if you haven't got it yet... sometimes it takes a big fight or a push to get what you want or get where you want to be.
What are ways you #GetStuffDone?