Do you ever think of something you want to accomplish and how you will go about doing so, and then decide “well, I will start on Monday”?
Do you ever end up actually starting that thing on Monday?
Trust me, this is a slippery slope for me. My life is filled with tomorrow’s, next week’s and soon enough’s. I can easily think of a goal, the ultimate end result, and sometimes even the steps to achieve it… But it is always a matter of actually starting that thing that I get stuck on.
Whether it be a piece of work that needs to get done for school or your job, that health regimen you’ve been meaning to get around to or reconnecting with old friends, it is time to stop procrastinating and start doing.
Why does it always have to be on Monday? Let’s start today with some Monday motivation, on a Friyay!
01/Get out that pen and pad of paper
If you’re like me, the thing you want to start has just been floating in your mind until now. You may do the occasional Google search to add to your thoughts or surf Pinterest to see how other people are achieving your goals, but ultimately all the ideas are up in your head on the back burner for Monday. That needs to change. Get out that pad of paper and a pen, or open up your laptop to a new page and just start brainstorming. What is it you want to achieve? Why do you want to achieve it? What is your timeline? How are you going to achieve it? Whatever you don’t have answers to, leave blank! This isn’t a school exam, you have time to think.
02/Seriously evaluate this goal
Make sure these goals are healthy. Sure this applies to any diets or exercise because you need to make sure you are going about it properly and for your own benefit not for anyone else, but it also applies to other goals. If you feel you need to reconnect with people, make sure it is your decision to want to see them, not that you feel pressure to meet with them because they insist on it.
03/Get off your ass
There is a first for everything, and this is the first time I am having to ask you to pardon my french, but I think it is quite relevant in this situation. Nothing is going to get done in your life if you “Hmm” and “Ahh” it over and over again. If anything, the problem is only going to get worse. The work at school or your job will keep piling up, you will get even more disconnected with your friends, or you are just going to get more unhealthy before starting that regimen. Why make it harder on yourself once the time comes? Don’t let the situation get worse, take control!
04/Find an accountability partner
It may be your parent, sibling, best friend, significant other, it doesn’t matter as long as you have one! When it comes to procrastination, accountability partners are the secret to success. You know why? Because if you have the right one, they annoy you into completing whatever it is you need to get done. My accountability partner is Jake of course, and my oh my he fits this description. I have recently been pushing getting healthy and working out to the “I’ll start on Monday” category and he has been hounding me every day to ensure this isn’t the case. Although it gets annoying, you know it is out of love and it inevitably works in the end!
Let’s get to the point here, shall we? There is no point in waiting until Monday. I could give you a big schpeel about how all of the world’s leaders would not have achieved the greatness that they did if they had waited for a Monday, but I’ll save you the history lesson. Instead, I’ll put it this way: who ever actually feels motivated to accomplish anything on a Monday? Mondays are right-offs. You are groggy, you miss the weekend, you are counting down the days until Friday and you are having day dreams about your bed. It is so much more difficult to achieve anything on a Monday, so you are already setting yourself up for failure. Start today, not Monday.
I have had my fair share of procrastination on important goals, I am not a saint, and I don’t claim to be. But recently, I’ve really been trying to stop procrastinating. And I feel so much better about it. I have been working out, eating better and making more plans to see people despite my hectic schedule.
And you know what?
I’ve never felt better.
Happy living in the moment, my friends.
Until next time,