I admit it. I’ve been a huge procrastinator as of late. I’ve gone through pretty much every decent movie in my collection and cleaned the house more times than necessary over the past couple of weeks. How are you supposed to focus on your dreams when there’s blueberry picking and birthday parties?
The first key in overcoming overwhelm and procrastination is to recognize you’re there. ::Raising my hand:: Recognized!
Here are the 3 P’s that will keep you on track, reduce your overwhelm, and help you create your dreams faster!
- Purpose: What is yours? What is your BIG why? My blogging students know how much I love Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action where he discusses how companies and leaders who are clear about why they are doing what they’re doing make much more of an impact. When you know your WHY, you can ask yourself when things come up: “Is this in alignment with my big purpose? Will this bring me closer to my goal?” Be honest with yourself about this and go with your gut.
- Priorities: If you’re anything like me, you have lots of dreams and adventures you want to have in life. That’s fantastic! I’ve learned throughout the years that prioritizing is essential. The most important resource you have is your time, so don’t waste it on activities, people, or tasks that don’t bring you joy, meaning, or closer to your dreams (with an obvious exception for basic necessities). Calendaring is something I hardcore resisted as a restraint on my free spirit early on but planning out your time often creates more freedom and allows you to be present to each activity, including leisure time.
- Progress: Track your progress as you move forward. It can be easy to beat yourself up for not achieving XYZ yet, but take a look back every week or month and see how far you’ve come. Make time to celebrate your accomplishments and victories along the way (even if they are simple joys like blueberry picking).
Bonus tip*: Outsource & delegate. Ask for help. Hire people (by the way, I’m currently on the lookout for a part-time virtual assistant, know anyone?). Finally, one of my all-time favorite books is Ask and It’s Given, and there’s a fantastic exercise on delegating to the universe.
Remember that your days make up your life, so enjoy them! Allow for timing. Have fun and take it a bit easier on yourself during Mercury Retrograde. 😉
What about you? What are some of your tips for overcoming procrastination?