We all fall victim of procrastination. The evil, conniving, manipulation of putting off our most important to-do's.
But what if I were to tell you that procrastination has it's up sides too. (gasp!)
I know what you're thinking! But please, before you start sharpening your pitchforks, hear me out. I am a HUGE procrastinator - meaning I spend too much time thinking about it rather than actually doing it. But I'm here to tell you how procrastinating has actually helped me and how it's not actually the big bad monster everyone makes it out to be.
Now, I'm not saying you should be putting off that finals report that's due next week, and I'm certainly not commending you for being known as the "no-show" at work meetings either. Let's think outside of the box.
As I mentioned, I have been a huge procrastinator. What I mean by this is, I think a lot about what I want to do with my life, who I want to end up, where I want to go etc. etc. but I hardly ever act on it. I put it off and sooner or later I forget about it.
There are those bits and pieces that stick with me, no matter what it is I'm up to, what job I'm working, what plans I'm making, it could be weeks or months, but those little thoughts stick in the back of my mind, and that is how I know they are important. Those important thoughts are now the filtered ideas that I should act on.
I don't mean put off your goals and aspirations entirely. If you did this, you would never achieve anything in life! and that's no fun is it?
But if you're anything like me than your mind is going a million miles a second. You're constantly thinking about new ideas and new goals. You constantly have a handful of business plans running through your mind, trying to find your first step into all of them, you just want more out of life!
And if you are anything like me, than you burn out quick. How wouldn't you though?! If your mind could be awarded most enthusiastic, it would win gold every year.
So... Where does "healthy procrastination" come in?
(Healthy procrastination - I hope you like that term as much as I do! )
Now with so much going on in my mind all at once, it's best to sit back and let each thought take it's course. Give them all a minute, really think about each idea, and then shut it off!
Forget about it all! Because as I mentioned, the real important ones will stick with you until the very end.
If I acted on every thought that jumped into my mind, every goal I thought up on a whim, I would either be stinking rich or have gone completely crazy!
Instead I have a filtered list of long term goals planned out in my mind and no matter what idea comes strolling along next, the select few I've fallen madly in love with are the ones I act on.
This not only helps in clearing your mind of unnecessary clutter, but it also allows you to pave yourself a path of what you need to do in order to achieve those goals.
So to summarize, procrastinate on your thoughts in order to filter what's most important to you, and then act on those ones.
Hey, if you want a thousand things to manage and if you can do that, than more power to you! This method is for those who are full of great ideas but really don't know where to begin, such as myself. As long as you work towards something than you've hit your mark.
Now say it with me:
I will not procrastinate the day-to-day stuff! only the million other things that pop in my head.
Hopefully you were able to take away some helpful tips, and if you enjoy my alternative way of thinking, please make sure to join the mailing list so you don't miss out on future posts!
What do you think about procrastination?
My name is Tay, I am a Blogger and Mindset Success Coach. I believe in manifesting dreams into reality in order to achieve the life you deserve, while helping others find the light in their life.
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