From postponing to action! What if you really need to write that blog for your website and you find yourself going around it for days? Well…, I know that feeling of procrastination too. Since I’ve found an easy way to get me going and do the work I need to do, I’ve made them into 7 easy questions for you, which will most likely help you too!
If you are like me, you love to start the day with a morning practice. That can be something like QigGong, meditation, dancing, writing, going out in nature. It’s like starting up the engine to get to work.
But what if you avoid the starting point after your morning practice and get another cup of coffee, check your email, clear out your desk (though that is a pretty good thing to do!), “Is it lunch time yet?”, check your messages again, work in the garden, walk the dog again, check social media and before you know it the day has gone by and you didn’t do what you had to do. Well, then it’s time for a new approach, right?
Some days it is just plain good to ‘kick your own ass’ –pardon my French- and just get to it. If that works for you, wonderful! Use it and go with it. But that doesn’t always do the trick for me. And if you’re like me this doesn’t work for you either. Not really.
What about the “Yes, you probably need to slow down a bit more. It’s okay to slow down. Go easy and don’t force yourself, honey.”? This is perfect when you are some what of a workaholic. It might give you the relaxation you need to unwind stress in your body. But again, for me, this doesn’t work well – and maybe not for you either – because we get lazy by this ‘sweet’ approach.
SO WHAT DOES WORK TO GET YOU FROM POSTPONING TO ACTION?
So what *does* work to get you from postponing to action? What actually brings us into action is a reality check and a clear doable schedule. That easy? Yep, as easy as that :)! First of all be sure of the why and what you want to get done (your reality check) and in addition be clear when the work needs to be ready. Mark that date on your calendar.
Then ask yourself some questions to fill in your monthly and weekly schedules. If you don’t have them yet, make sure you get them. You can either work with a spreadsheet, a fancy app, or a board – it doesn’t really matter what you get, as long as you use it.
These 7 questions help you to make your schedule realistic and clear:
- What do I need to get done this month?
- Where do I need to be at the end of the third week of this month?
- What do I have to get done at the end of the second week?
- Where do I need to be at the end of next week?
- What do I need to do this week?
- What do I need to have finished tomorrow?
- What do I have to do today to get there?
It’s simple and really effective. Try it.
Write your every-week-goals on a piece of paper or on a white board on your wall and keep track of what you did and what is still open to be done. Also write on a sheet your goals per day (no more than 3). Finally, make sure you mark one day free every week on your calendar – besides your weekend – so you can catch up when you are falling behind on your schedule. And celebrate when you’re right on track!
This way you will get yourself from postponing to action. You will get your work easily done without being overwhelmed. And yes, sometimes a little kick in the #ss or some sweet words are needed as well.
I hope this helps you too to move from postponing to action and I would love to hear what else you do to get things done!
Wishing you a wonderful productive day and sending you focus and love,
If you want to get started and would like some help doing so, reach out – I’d love to hear from you!