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It’s Too Late to Procrastinate

Procrastination, oh boy how many have done this or still do this?

I’ve had a saying for many years which I really cannot fully share here, but lets just say it goes along the lines that procrastination is literally hurting yourself in the long run.  Oh sure we all have those things we know we need to do and should do but we don’t really feel like doing them at the time and well we procrastinate… And then what happens, yep we’re screwed! Either we don’t get that time later, something comes up tomorrow and now we haven’t gotten it done.

It’s the frog! That’s what I call the thing I know I really have to get done but deep down really don’t want to…its my frog. So I’ve gotten myself in the habit (and trust me it has taken a while to do that too) of saying “time to eat the frog”.  Note: I guess it’s called eating the frog since well, I don’t think frogs really taste all that good ha. 

Eating the frog first is probably the best to do, make it the priority task and just take a big gulp and get it done. Maybe it’s exercising, doing that project in or around the house, on the job it could be that task written on the post it that keeps getting moved around to avoid it.  Whatever the case may be its that “something” that makes you procrastinate.

Well here’s some simple things you can do to help get over procrastination.  First, tell yourself let me just start this as you go about the task tell yourself just a little bit more, it could even be just little significant steps or actions but if you go along in this way saying five more minutes or a few more sit ups or I’ll just work on this til I finish this part whatever it is, just saying these little words along with doing the task will make a huge impact.  It’s the compound effect the slight edge that will make all the difference. Before you know it you’ll say wow I’ve gotten this far, I may as well just finish this up and low and behold you’re done with whatever it was you were putting off….procrastinating.  The sense of accomplishment will be huge and the feeling it will give will only propel you into keeping the habit.

So after doing all this will procrastination be a thing of the past? Could be, but every so often something may come around and you just may feel like putting it on the back burner, but don’t, remind yourself how well just applying those little words, those little steps all helped conquer…or eat the frog. May not have been the tastiest, but at least it got done

Remember, it’s TOO LATE to procrastinate.

**Resources: The Compound Effect

                         The Slight Edge

Can Journaling Change Your Life

Can journaling change your life? In my honest opinion I say Yes!

Journaling/planning is your map, it’s setting the direction of where you want to go and the route you take to get there. It’s a place to set goals, visions and schedules.

I’ve been a journaler for I don’t know how long, interesting enough (well it was to us anyway) my brother and I were not raised together, we were bi-coastal living and later on found out that we both keep daily journals! I do have to admit that there are days my personal journal does not come out, but, my Best Self Member/Affiliate journal/planner is constantly with me, in my sight and used every day.  I’ve made it a point, (which by the way has been a habit I’ve written in my journal weekly to get me to stick to it) on Sunday evenings to plan the week out. Whether it’s business or personal related, it’s written down. From my largest task to the smallest, it’s written out. Goals are written down on a daily basis and looked at, the top three things I’m grateful for are listed in the morning and at night.

In keeping this habit going, I found out, especially this year that every single goal I’ve written down on the daily basis has been reached!

Journaling just ten minutes each day prior to going to sleep is a common practice that many of the most successful people do. Why? Because what you write goes into your subconscious while you sleep. Journaling keeps you on track, makes you accountable to yourself.  It accelerates your ability to reach your goals. Goals must be written down! They must be made audible and declared otherwise they’re just pipe dreams or thoughts. Write them down…daily and look at them. Say them out loud. Trust me, this stuff really works!  Journaling creates clarity and habit, allows you to write down emotions and thoughts and increases your gratitude. And we all know you must have an attitude of gratitude to succeed in anything in life, no matter if it’s business or personal.

Journaling is your own history book. I save my journals and sometimes will sit and just read my entries. Sometimes it can be rough, other times be funny, but it’s my history book and pretty cool to read and reflect on just how far I’ve come. With my Best Self Journal, Member/Affiliate these are Twelve week journals, I date them and keep them and later sit down and go through the past Twelve weeks and see just how I did. Sometimes I’ve not accomplished all I planned to, sometimes I’ve pushed back a goal (which is ok too) and most times I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished and reached over those Twelve weeks 🙂

I found an interesting article from Success and have provided the link for the entire article. I encourage everyone to start a journal(s) if you haven’t already, and if you have started, keep going it only gets better and you’ll be so glad you did!

Success magazine:https://www.success.com/28-ways-keeping-a-daily-journal-could-change-your-life/?mpweb=574-7425799-742295763

Sometimes ya just gotta Eat that Frog

Just recently I was reading an interesting article on putting off a project. As I was reading, I thought this would be a great one to promote as so many of us find ourselves doing this same thing, well I’m glad there’s actually a name for it and it’s not just me!

So many of us in business will have that one project that really isn’t that difficult to do, it just may be more time consuming and well we tend to put it off. Not good.  It’s referred to as “the frog” and don’t ask me why they call it that. Ever heard the term “eat the frog” well there ya go.  I myself am not a procrastinator, in fact many who know me have heard the phrase I use about it which I prefer not to repeat in this posting haha. HOWEVER, having said that, yes even I can admit that there will be something that isn’t that hard, its just I look at it and think “oh this is gonna take awhile” and I tend to put it off and yes, it can come back to bite me. Yep, this frog can bite!

Over the years, I’ve learned to just eat the frog, get it done, it may taste yucky but at least I can say “I did it” and then feel really good about it!  I think for most of us the thing is time management, planning etc.  Again, this too is something I’ve learned and gotten much better at over the years. Am I always so focused? Yeah not always, but I’d say that 90% of the time I am.  I use a fabulous planner/journal which this year especially has helped me immensely to stay focused, on track and be much better  at frog edibles!!

If that frog is just something you don’t wanna tackle, perhaps look into a virtual assistant/service that could really be a huge help in digesting that frog off your plate! If that’s not feasible, the best advice I can give is to just put the frog at the very top of your list, do it first thing while the energy and enthusiasm (yes enthusiasm) is there and just conquer it. Dig in! Eat that frog and Git R Done. You’ll feel much better when its all over with and can look back and say “wow what a relief”.

Here’s the article I’m referring to through Success  https://www.success.com/how-to-stop-being-lazy-and-get-more-done/?utm_term=inside&utm_source=Maropost&utm_campaign=Inside&utm_medium=email&mpweb=574-7281989-742295763

As for the planner/journal I mentioned: Best Self Journal http://bestself.co?rfsn=1736027.afff1c

Are You a Type A Person

Type A people, we all know one or more. For me, I know one quite intimately and sometimes even she can drive me nuts! It’s ME!! Yes, there I’ve said it. Hi I’m Cindy and I’m a type A!

So I said how it can drive me nuts and that’s because so many times I’ve needed to get something done and while there were competent (really, maybe? See there’s that doubt ha) people around to help, I just couldn’t reach out to them therefore I probably frazzled my own self.

If you’re like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about here. It’s very hard when you just don’t want to hand over the reins to someone else and even worse if you do let go and it’s done not to your standards.

In the business world, far too many times there’s a business person who is trying to do it all and coming up empty and wondering why. They’re sitting at their desk staring at what I call “post it world”, the planner and/or scheduler and the eyes are just glazing over and all of a sudden, hands on the side of the head, those words come out “I don’t know where to start” or “how am I ever going to get this all done I’m overwhelmed”. Nope, you’re not overwhelmed, busy or even disorganized, quite simply you’re just In Demand and that’s a good thing!

Nowadays there is a plethora of tasks that can be handed over to a virtual assistant. Many do have hesitation and resistance at first, and most of the time it could be the lack of knowing more about what and how a virtual assistant works.  However, in every instance I’ve seen and worked in, that type A business person learns pretty fast just what a lifesaver and well, lifegiver their VA has become to them.

In our personal world giving in to help can be another challenge as well.  I know for me, when I decide to do something I get right to it and “git r done”, however, there are those times when a project may be a little more than I anticipated or even knew a lot about, nonetheless I was going to tackle it and do it myself!  Lately, I’ve gotten myself into those “situations” and have had to ask for help.  It kills me to ask for help of any kind!!  I’m that person who wants to do it all myself, my own way, my own terms and just get it done or get through it but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way.  For me now, sometimes what I’m doing does require the assistance of that second person, I mean I have three dogs but every time I ask them for help I get the same thing, they hold up their front paws and say “uh sorry no thumbs” ugh give me a break guys!  So I ask my hubby who, if he hasn’t yet done so, will offer assistance to which I am always thankful for and appreciate and who will either do it as I would, ask how I want it done, do it better than I even would have and always is happy to help and makes the job a whole ‘lotta fun at the same time!

Yes, it’s hard being a type A but even harder frustrating ourselves, worrying, stressing out and even maybe getting sick over. So in conclusion, don’t be afraid to ask for help, step outta your comfort zone (I know it’s hard) and hire a VA, ask family or friends for help and sit back, relax and breathe!! Being a Type A doesn’t mean you can’t just kick back sometimes!

 

Turn off and Vacate

This thought came to me through a question I was asked. As someone who’s self employed this comes up a lot, but it also absolutely applies to an employee. Now with summer months upon us, this stands out even more.

When the weekend comes, or even vacation time comes, do you turn off from working and when on vacation do you do what I call “vacate”.

Far too many find it necessary and are so immersed in their jobs or business that they just can’t seem to let go!  I hear from others like myself, who even when away on vacation find it necessary to check business emails, “get this one thing sent” or “just get back to this person” all in the name of importance. Really? What did we do without all the technology to constantly be reachable or connected to the job or business. When did family, friends or even our own health become that much less important than work?

No matter what you do, let me say this again, no matter what…..you need the time to rest and rejuvenate. You may think it’s not necessary but not taking that needed break only adds/leads to stress.

So many times I hear a significant other say “oh it’s ok she/he does this one thing, I understand its’ business or the job” note: they may say it’s ok but think of how that person may feel deep down, that they’re just not as important as the job is. Now reverse the situation, how would you feel.

Weekends and vacations are a must! Even though sometimes the weekends or vacation time is spent doing work around a home or perhaps even having to lend a helping hand, it’s still not the same as going to work or business. However, having said that, even doing things like that requires a rest period. 

Evenings, weekends and vacations are important to me, life is short and I want to savor every moment of it and those I’m with.  These times are for hubby and I and even if we’re working around our home and ranch, it’s still not the same as either of us working our job or business. Granted, I will concede that there have been times when we’re working around our home and something needs to get done that I’m the one pushing myself even further because it needs to get done. But really? How badly does it need finishing that taking a break/rest is going to make that big of a difference. It usually doesn’t and it’s just me being me!

So take the time, slow down, kick back and breathe, take the time to enjoy the little things, those you’re with, the beauty all around and life. Remember, back before all this technology and all the many ways of staying in contact with everyone was around, people took the time to rejuvenate and live life.

Oh and just a side note here,  for some who think they just cannot take the time then they are the ones who absolutely need a virtual assistant to take the tasks out of their hands! Jus sayin’