If you haven't been doing something you need to do, there comes a time when you just have to GET MOVING and do what you need to do.
Who has the time? I guess it depends who you talk to... but the professionals, stay-at-home parents, business people and university students I work with say it is almost impossible to properly carve out time for work, family, school, exercise, social time and treasured private time.
At the end of the day or week, there seems to be still so much left undone. People are under pressure to produce, deliver, win, sell, heal, fix and tweet!
The chronic sense of falling behind and being late, the rushing here and there, the missing sense of satisfaction and pride from having done something well, not to mention the endless interruptions and distractions, are leaving people tired, stressed and frustrated.
Being productive, accomplished, successful, competent and fulfilled comes at a high cost.
You probably want to do the thing you're supposed to do, but keep telling yourself:
- I don't have time!
- Its' hard!
- I'm not sure!
- What if it's not the right thing!
- Maybe later!
Whether you are a procrastinator, a dawdler, or a foot dragger, you are wasting time. Big time!
If any of the situations outlined below sound familiar, it might be time to GET MOVING.
- Your current way of doing things (or not doing things) isn't working. Something has to change and you know it. If you were managing a company, you might look at indicators such as poor finances, lousy sales, low customer satisfaction, or negative survey responses and say, "this business is not doing well and needs to change."
- What indicators suggest you're not doing so well and need to change? If you're over-stressed, unhappy, unsatisfied, easily fatigued or plain ole grumpy then you know what's needed.
- You don't set out to achieve anything - so you don't get much done. Instead you seem to prefer worrying about how little you are accomplishing, or worrying about where to start. So just start small and take one step at a time, but get going.
- You don't put in the effort that's needed to get ahead. You aren't developing skills or deepening your knowledge about something of interest or importance. Instead you focus on the surface, without exploring deeper ideas. You wonder why you feel bored.
- You are disorganized, don't prioritize, and lack daily rituals that provide structure. You tend to focus on lesser tasks and projects, keeping yourself busy but essentially wasting time, rather than working on big tasks that make a difference.
Procrastination has a way of invading one's life, and damaging your personal ecosystem, much as Zebra mussels or Asian carp invade our local waterways and damage the established ecosystem.
Don't let procrastination, dawdling or foot-dragging take over.
Just get started and GET MOVING.