I have always been the queen procrastinator — it’s like my life is one perpetual snooze button. I was the one that would spend my college nights in the library doing research for months, but when it came time to writing the actual paper, I generally started it after dinner the night before it was due. I am full of ideas. In fact, among my massive collection of journals, I have one dedicated specifically to ideas.
It’s the execution that I struggle with though. How do I know which idea to get started on? Where do I start? Is this the right direction?
And then the overwhelm and self doubt creeps in and the excuses start flowing.
- I don’t have the money to fund this.
- I’m too busy.
- This doesn’t fit into my other plans.
- I’m tired.
- No one is going to support me in this.
- I should just get a real job.
- What if I fail? (More on that later this week.)
- There’s just too much to do! I have no idea where to start.
Some of my most ridiculous excuses were, “I don’t like the weather today.” and “Maybe after I do the laundry.” Which, anyone that knows me knows how much I loathe laundry, so that is basically putting out into the universe that I will never do it.
I really could keep the list going. I could. And so can you. And tomorrow comes and goes, and the next thing you know, you still have that idea, sitting on a shelf collecting dust. And more ideas get added to the shelf, then the shelf gets overcrowded, and some of the little ideas slip down the crack in the back and fall behind the furniture and get lost for a while.
The problem with procrastination is that we can only learn by doing, not by thinking about doing.
What would it look like if you took just one of those ideas off the shelf and dug in?
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