procrastinatingProcrastination. . . You know how it goes. You say you’re going to write a book. . . 

or finish your degree . . .

find a better job. . .

or any one of a hundred things you’ve talked about doing.

Except that you keep procrastinating. . .and putting it off. . . and pretending that you’ll get around to it . . . one of these days.

I’ve been there and it’s not a warm fuzzy place to be. Maybe you’ve been there too. It’s easy to start feeling like a lazy slug and scrambling for excuses.  And procrastinating is not a great motivation technique. At least it’s never worked for me.

What does work is one little word. . . Y-E-T.

“Yet” represents hope coupled with commitment — and a timeline. It’s a goal with a deadline.

Because with a realistic plan and a reasonable deadline,  “yet” is powerful! As in, “I’m not there yet, but I will be by October.” . . (BUT you have to actually mean it.)

Without a plan, “yet” is just one more sorry, lame excuse.

No realistic deadline? Ah, now you’re hiding in Someday Thinking territory — and Someday never comes.

Here’s the thing. If you want something badly enough, then it’s up to you to get off your bahooda.

Nobody is going to do it for you.

You have to do what it takes to make it happen.

Work for it.

Every day.  

 

If all you’re doing is giving lip service to your dreams and purpose, you’re wasting good oxygen. Don’t bother!

 

Stop lying to yourself.

 

Quit procrastinating and get busy.

 

  • What do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?

 

  • Where’s the finish line? Write it down and post it where you’ll see it every day. Visual reminders are helpful nudges.

 

  • What’s your Big Picture plan for getting it done? If you haven’t teased this out, get busy working on it. Today. (Remember, you’re going to stop procrastinating.)

 

  • Have you broken your Big Picture into down into small, doable steps? With a deadline for completion of each step?

 

  • Commit to finishing one small step a day. Then do it. No more excuses. No more procrastinating.

Join the conversation.

Make a commitment.

Leave a comment about what you are going to do and when.

Let’s support each other in using the power of Y-E-T.

That’s what the Make Your Life Count Community is all about.

 

Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.

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