Who says we need to wait until January 1st to start making positive changes in our lives? IBA Member Jana Williams, of Degrees of Maternity, inspires us all to stop procrastinating and work on improving yourself regardless of the calendar.
Lately, I seem to be running on this “kick yourself into gear” momentum, derived from a recent awakening out of a stifling fog of inactivity. If you have no idea what I’m referring to, feel free to familiarize yourself with my previous blog post, entitled Fighting the Battle Against Inactivity. It’ll give you some background as to why I feel compelled to discuss a topic that tends to walk hand and hand with inactivity. It’s that unproductive yet overwhelmingly utilized habit known as PROCRASTINATION.
I’m probably one of the biggest procrastinators out there. And, I’m not entirely sure why it’s so incredibly difficult to get from under its influence. Essentially, what I’m doing when I procrastinate is trying to postpone the inevitable. I’m actively choosing to deal with “things” at a future time instead of addressing them head on within a timely manner. Or, I’m secretly hoping to avoid those “things” altogether with the hope that they’ll somehow go away (which almost never happens). However, since I apparently must have a very short-term memory, the lesson that I continue to relearn over and over again is that procrastination leads to no resolution.
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Perhaps, that’s why many of us wait until January 1st to work on the resolutions (positive behavior and lifestyle changes) that we set now. Wouldn’t it be in our best interest to go ahead and start working on those resolutions sooner rather than later? We still have a few weeks left in the year, so you and I should get a head start on our lists, but will we choose to do so? I mean we’d be that much closer to our end goals by the time we enter into the new year.
And here are some items we might consider for our lists:
- eating more raw fruits and vegetables
- eating more naturally and organically (less processed foods)
- drinking more water
- getting more hours of sleep each day
- cultivating or rekindling family and friend relationships
- learning a new skill set in order to further your business
- taking classes toward a degree/certification/license
- dedicated studying of God’s Word
- adding an at least 30-minute exercise regimen to your daily routine
- reading some books to further your knowledge base in a particular area
- completing DIY projects that you get started but stopped midway in the process
- taking up a recreational activity of interest that provides you with stress release
- taking on a holistic approach to your well-being
- planning and implementing a budget to pay off debt
- making moves toward accomplishing your career aspirations
- deep cleaning your home
- working on fine tuning your verbal and written communication skills
- researching and implementing more natural rather than manmade remedies to common health problems
- actively volunteering for an organization that provides assistance to those in need
- becoming a more active parent in your child’s life
If we’re truly honest with ourselves, we should be able to admit that we all have “things” we can constantly work on and improve in our lives and what better time than the present. I’ve spent the majority of this post personally admitting that I battle with this disruptive antagonist; nevertheless, I’d like to end today’s discussion of what I would call timely “real talk” on an affirmative note.
Meditate on the following as food for thought.
There’s no need for us to invest our energy into procrastinating when we can channel that same energy into getting “things” done.
The way I see it, procrastination’s return on investment results in idleness, losing time that you can never get back, stifled and stagnant action, lack of progress and productivity, increased stress, and intensification of negative ramifications (problem building upon problem). In other words, the return isn’t very good.
So, I’d like for you to consider joining me in this call to action to stop procrastinating. Let’s get to working on our resolutions TODAY!
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Welcome to the life lessons of Jana Williams, the wife of a wonderful husband and mother of three awe-inspiring children who are the motivation for what you will read in her blog, Degrees of Maternity.
Through her blog, Jana has combined two areas of focus that she is extremely passionate about (writing and her role as a mother). She has included helpful hints, tips, suggestions, and reflections about education, family relationships, and health and wellness…all from a mother’s perspective.