Ok, so perhaps this isn't always a wise idea, but I'm talking about those little thoughts and ideas that creep into the head and settle down under a blanket of procrastination, to lay, untouched for a very long time. Often, the only time we even remember these thoughts, is when we need something to blame for how unsatisfying our lives are. 'I'm so bored! If only I'd acted on that idea to start a new hobby', 'I'm so unfit! If only I had joined a gym like my brain suggested!, 'I'm worried about money! How I wish I had sorted out all my surplus stuff and had that carboot sale I was thinking about!' You see? Thinking about doing something doesn't change anything. It makes you feel better for a little while, as you imagine how much brighter your life will be once all your plans are underway, but it won't last unless you act on it.
If you feel your life could use some improvement, it really doesn't matter how you go about it, so long as you are always moving forward. It might seem like a huge task to join a gym or start jogging, but why not try making a point of getting some excercise every day? Involve the children, or the dog, or even a friend. It doesn't even matter what you do, walking round the shops for an hour is better than sitting at home, so it's a start! The point is, each day you will feel a little bit better and a little bit more in control, giving you the confidence to try a little bit harder, until, eventually, the gym doesn't seem so impossible after all.
The biggest obstacle when it comes to areas where we feel intimidated or lack confidence, is the ability to put things off . Finding little reasons why it would be better to begin tomorrow or start on a Monday. One way to increase your productivity and get your life moving the way you want, is to make use of the calendar or notepad on your phone. Every time you think of something that you should have done, or an idea that you would like to try, add it to your calendar, so that it is always in your eyeline. You could even set a reminder for yourself, or have an evening of ploughing through your off-puttings. There is something remarkably satisfying about ticking off a list of unappealing or daunting tasks. I have problems with my memory, so I've taken to adding everything I think of to my phone. It really helps me stay on top of the mundane tasks that I don't fancy doing or are just too dull to remember!
Taking My Own Advice!
Personally, I have been struggling with this very blog. I have always enjoyed writing and it matters to
me that I write interesting and legible content that, perhaps, some people will actually enjoy reading. That is the basis of my blog. However, recently I have procrastinated about different directions for my blog posts and ideas about how to progress with it. I have been having a little confidence wobble, which has led to me doing nothing much at all. In turn, this makes me unhappy, because I really want the blog to be successful. So, my plan is to just get on with it and write what I want to write. Hopefully, there will be one or two people who enjoy my ramblings, and I will be being true to myself, which is really important in blogging, because it's a personal thing, after all. I am taking a notepad to bed with me to write down any ideas I think of, so they don't get lost to my sieve-like memory and I am hoping it will lead to a more interesting and fun blog. We shall see! How do you stop yourself putting things off? What would you like to change, if anything? I would love to hear your thoughts.