I’m a big procrastinator. If something takes thought, or courage or just unpleasant, I will put it off, for weeks and weeks. This strains the brain. Even a small task will continuously remain on the mind and when there are a lot of things on the mind it is hard to concentrate on important goals and timelines that I want to do and get done. So these small things make hard work that much harder. So after running nearly every day, I decided to take care of those nagging to-do things by deciding on a Do it Now of thirty days. This means thirty days of taking tasks I have been putting off, and if I think of it, I do it. It means when an unpleasant task comes along, I do it instead of waiting.
The ultimate goal is not to have a clear to do list for thirty days. There is no such thing, the goal is to defeat a life-long enemy of mine: my own desire to not do the hard things. The goal is to be so accustomed to doing things as they come up, that it is hard not to do it.
Here it goes!
Two weeks in
Two weeks into the no procrastination. I would say it is going pretty well. Being forced to do things is helpful. I’ve knocked off a lot of things on my list. It is tiring and I’m not sure if I get the big things done. However, the less there are of the little things that nag at your brain the easier it is. The main thing to remember is don’t try to do everything and try to get at least one thing off the list. To do that, anything that comes your way: emails, random errands, stupid things: either say no or do it right away. No procrastination is definitely not as fun as running every day (which I now do three times a week instead of seven) but probably equally important and as difficult on discipline.
So four weeks went by of me trying to do the thing the moment I get it. I have to say, I can’t say that I can point to a definitive progress because I did not figure out how to keep track of it. I didn’t write down something and I didn’t write how many things I did and didn’t do. Perhaps someone else can point to a system but I was unable to devise it.
However, what I did notice is that having small things hang over you costs energy. If you write something down, it weighs less on you but if you don’t do it then and there, it becomes clutter and it is hard to focus on important things. So it felt good to fight my usual laziness and just get it done.
I noticed bigger projects moving a little faster too, so it was nice to fire things off my plate and not leave anything there including emails. Small things waste time, so either delete them, do them or delegate them. So I noticed that my schedule looked better. Still not great but better (as can be seen by my to-do list).
So what’s next? Listening! For the next month, I will shut the fuck up.