How many times did you promise yourself that tomorrow is THE DAY? Tomorrow you will start working out, you will stop making up excuses, you will eat healthy, call your mom… All these things you know you need to do but you don’t because let’s be real:tomorrow never comes. You say you’ll do it tomorrow? Stop lying to yourself; what you really mean is that you will never make time for it because it is not your priority.
The worst thing about putting your stuff on hold is that you will inevitably HAVE to do it someday anyway. In case of your fitness and healthy eating, you may end up gaining 50 pounds before your doc not so surprisingly tells you you need to change your habits, TODAY. And here you are, struggling with a problem that wouldn’t have existed in the first place if you only stopped saying “tomorrow I will eat salads all day” every time someone brought donuts to the office.
Truth is, we are all too familiar with the term procrastination. We fill our days with meaningless and superficial tasks that bring us no value, and then justify our procrastination by constant busyness. We procrastinate for different reasons, but one of them is our belief that tomorrow we will have more energy and desire to complete the task. In reality, tomorrow you will be as busy and as tired as you are today, so if anything you are doing yourself a favor by dealing with your stuff today.
So how do you stop putting your life on hold and actually start getting things done? Here are some useful tips to help you with that:
Most of the time so many of us are procrastinating is because the task that we want to achieve seems so huge that we are better off promising ourselves we’ll do it tomorrow. For example, you may have been in the fitness industry for a while. You know the ins and outs of training and you’ve been playing with the idea of becoming a personal trainer and opening your own small gym. You may have been putting this off because you know this is going to be a lot of work and will take a lot of your time (that you do not have!) Start by breaking it down into small and achievable steps. To become a personal trainer, you need to get certified, so one of your first steps may be to purchase a study book or sign up for a course. Second step would be passing the exam, and so on. If you feel that even these steps are too hard to make, break it down further! Make it a habit to read 1-2 chapters a day and before you know it, you are done with the book and ready to pass your exam!
Having just one deadline may make you feel like you have a lot of time ahead of you to complete the task. Let’s say you gave yourself three months to study for your personal training exam. You then come home from work every night and feel like there is always tomorrow to open your book. And then three months down the road you are still not ready for your examination. To stop this cycle, schedule more deadlines for yourself. You can have weekly or even daily deadlines that will help you hit your goal in the time frame that you’ve decided upon.
Do you have that one friend who always seems to be on top of things? Chances are if you spend more time with them, you will also become more organized and get more things done.
Choose your friends wisely. If you are surrounded by procrastinators, or by those who have no big goals for themselves, you will become just like them. This does not mean you need to cut off your social circles, but you do need to be mindful of whether your friends are inspiring you to achieve your dreams or simply supporting you in your laziness.
Procrastination is a universal phenomena that is one of the main reasons why so many people never reach their full potential. If you have big dreams and goals for yourself but keep postponing them, chances are you will never make them happen. If you want something, you have to make the first step today, and then continuously make more steps every day until you achieve your destination.
Do you trust yourself? Most of us don't ask that question too often as we naturally tend to think that we all do. What many of us don't realize is that your level of self-trust can be different about different things. You may trust your instincts and yourself in some things, like driving your car or caring for pets, for example. But what about when it comes to making big commitments or decisions? Do you trust your intuition and reasoning to make decisions that are actually yours and makeYOU happy and not someone else?
No matter how you handled yesterday, there is nothing you can do about it now. Whatever tomorrow has to offer has yet to be unveiled – and you have no control over it. The only time you can control is NOW – so bring your A-GAME and make the best of it.
You may think you can just do it tomorrow – but tomorrow is a myth because there is always a tomorrow. If you are not going to do it now, then you may never actually get around to doing it. Make the best of the now and get right to what you planned to do.