Let’s Talk Procrastination
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I put the “pro” in procrastination. Some people are better at it than others, but most of us are procrastinators to some degree. I have been known to put stuff off for so long, the issue goes away, or the circumstances change and my task becomes no longer relevant (as in, my procrastination sometimes pays off!)
But most of the time, the inevitable undertaking looms above us hauntingly, making sure we remember the task is incomplete and therefore, so are we…
Why do we torture ourselves like this? Whatever it is you are putting off, chances are there’s a reason you don’t want to deal with it.
Procrastination is not facing reality.
Since the day Holden was born, over 4-years ago, I’ve been putting off making a last will & testament. I don’t want to think about what will happen to my son should I, or worse, both my husband and I die. But there it is. The task of mother-load tasks to complete. Because if something tragic did happen and I caused anyone additional grief because I delayed this important legal form, I would feel AWFUL.
Today, I sat down at my computer and let Legal Zoom walk me through what might have been the simplest, and quickest journey to establishing the future caretaking of my son.
Twenty minutes. That’s how long it took. Well, 4 1/2 years and twenty minutes. That’s usually the case, isn’t it? What we put off for so long, actually only takes us minutes to achieve.
The best part of completing whatever it is you’re putting off is it no longer is a burden. It’s done, you finished it, and now you can move on.
Jack Canfield says to make a list of things you’ve been putting off and make an agreement with yourself to start ticking them off. Each month, complete one thing you’ve been putting off. It’s a fan-frickin’-tastic idea and I plan to start doing it. August! Last Will & Testament! Check!
What’s on your list?