I just want to make sure you’re in the right place. Do you often find yourself avoiding absolutely EVERYthing else (workouts included) in your life by defaulting to TV? Ok then, you’re in the right place.
You know, I didn’t watch ANY television (or, these days, it’s pretty much netflix for me) from January 2015 until the beginning of July. Then I decided I was actually being too hard core productive, so I decided to start watching a show that was good, but not too good. You know what I mean. I didn’t want it to be SO good that I would never go to sleep. That used to happen with ’24’ (I really REALLY just needed to know what happened next), and now it happens with The Walking Dead.
You may feel like you ‘should’ be doing something else, but you just can’t get yourself to take action. You tell yourself “Seriously, self, let’s just watch one episode tonight. We have will power. We’ll use it tonight.” And 4 episodes later your brain is fried so you just go to bed and say you’ll do things differently tomorrow.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging you. As a matter of fact, I fell into the same boat tonight. I have on my list to write 2 blog posts before I watch any netflix. And I had the same thing written on my list last night when I found myself watching that show instead. And I’m tired. I feel like my amazing little boys (both still in diapers, super energetic, and sassy) beat me up all day, and now I just want to relax and get my brain drain on. So that’s a choice I could make. Again.
But I know how to stay the productive course that I want to be on. And I’m going to tell you how I’m writing this to you now instead of giving in to the sort of good show I am itching to watch.
Here’s a list of the mental shifts that I made in order to get myself to write this blog post right here, right now. If you use these simple tools, you can change the direction of your life and how you feel about yourself RIGHT NOW :
1- First I made myself consciously aware of the thought in my head of “Oh, I really should be writing right now even though I really want to be watching that sort of good show”. For you it could be, oh I don’t know, getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise?
2- Second, I made the decision to write for a minimum of 30 minutes. I suggest choosing a time that you can wrap your head around, instead of focusing on getting the goal done. Sometimes the reason we procrastinate is because we are overwhelmed by the thought of taking on a big project, like a big weight loss goal. But there’s no need to do that. Just pick a doable amount of time- anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, commit to dedicating that time to your project and don’t worry about completion. Then set a timer so you don’t have to think about it.
3- The third and last step is to give yourself a reward for following through. Mine is… to watch an episode of this show that compels me to find out what happens next! Haha.
That’s it. Just 3 simple steps that can change you from a procrastinator to a producer. Try it out! I’m proof right here, right now, that it WORKS.
All my BEST,
P.S. Please leave a comment below on what you procrastinate on and let me know how you do with my little checklist.