How to beat procrastination

How to beat procrastination:
Prioritizing when life gets overwhelming

It has been much too long since I wrote a new post. I have been working on one of my resolutions or goals for the new year: to move my site to WordPress, which would allow me more functionality than the free host site I was using. In the process of doing that, I also re-branded, and changed the direction of some of what I am working on. Talk about an overhaul!

Where we came from

BendNeverBreak was started at the end of September, so I thought that there would never be a better time than now to change my blog to reflect what I am working towards. While BendNeverBreak reflected my love of all things ocean and palm trees, and the inner strength of the Palm Tree, it occurred to me that Xennial Blogger describes me, my audience, and the people around me so much more.

The Xennial is a child born (roughly) between the years of 1976 – 1985, and were raised in an analog world. Even the word analog isn’t heard much by the millennials these days, as it pertains to the life we lived without remote controls, cell phones (that were not huge!), and even portable calculators and hand-held games. As our childhood ended, and we were launched into adulthood, we discovered that the world had become automated by computers. It was almost an instant change, where we had our rudimentary skills put to the test almost instantly, and never stopped running alongside technology since.

This is the challenge that we face. We are too young to be true Generation X children, and we can’t relate to the Beta days and records as easily as they can. We don’t really understand Millennials and their choice of words (woke?) as easily as they do, as we are still old-school in our habits. However, we have been living between the two stages and finally recognized as Xennials. 

The change in the website doesn’t exclude either Gen X or Millenials, but embraces them. I want to speak to those who are new to understanding money – beyond the pay-cheque to pay-cheque.  I know you come in all ages, sizes, colours, etc… and we are all learning together. Trust me, not everyone has a 401k or RRSP started by the age of 30 or even 40, or even 50. Sometimes it doesn’t happen at all. So let’s not make it about not having the information, because this is the place to get it. 

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Cuban Turtle Illustrating Life At Its Best

Where we are now

Back to the topic at hand: PROCRASTINATION.

I love my Sunday mornings. On Sunday, I usually have most of the day to myself, and it’s a day for me. Much like many other families, I work on laundry, make food for lunches over the next week, write a post or two, play on Pinterest, watch a movie or simply cuddle with my dogs. It’s the day before my week begins again, so I just take it slow.

Today is no different. I planned to write, reformat the posts that did not convert well, do some reading, and just be productive. So far, I have started homemade soup, slow-cooking a rack of ribs for dinner tonight, had breakfast, cuddled with pups, napped… and it’s 10 am. I have not done a thing on my to-do list for today.

I’ve been procrastinating.

Many of us have found ourselves listening to the voice whispering that you should check on Youtube for the newest videos that you subscribe to, or it would be easier to start with something easy, and work your way into that room, or you can’t start a project without all the tools, so you must go shopping to get the tools first, and start after you get back.

So many excuses!

The biggest hurdle for me is right when I am in the beginning steps, and I look around and realize how much there is to do. I start to feel overwhelmed, and I step back. Further back. Like, another three steps. And then go work on something else.

NO MORE!

In order to beat this feeling, grab a pen and a piece of paper. Sit down, and take a breath. Write down all the things you want to work on. No matter how big or how small, just write it down. Is it down? Now stand up. Go work on one of those. Start at the beginning, and tell yourself – you can only go step by step, and bit by bit.

If you are overwhelmed by dusting your house – start in the upper corner of the left part of the room. Go to the closest piece that needs dusting. Keep going around the room. Only dust. Do not get distracted by the book you have to put away, or the fact that the shelf needs one more thing, or that the TV is angled weird. DUST. You will soon be done. When you are done, you will find it was not as bad as you thought, and that staying on track allowed you to get the dusting done.

One Step At A Time

Anything in life can be broken down into steps. By taking dedicated steps, you will always be able to accomplish your goals. The list is a reminder of what you are wanting to accomplish. You can accomplish anything, if you stick with it.

I’m also willing to venture out and say that it wasn’t as hard as you thought once you started, was it?

I have made it sound very simple. It really is. When you try this method, you will notice it works.

One more tip for today:

Reward yourself. After you have accomplished something on your list, be sure to mark it off (that in itself is rewarding) then make a cup of tea or a cold drink, and take ten minutes to relax. (Set a timer if you are afraid you will not get back up in ten.) Tell yourself how well you did, and how much easier the rest of the tasks will be, now that you have mastered beating procrastination.

 

If you have other tips or questions, I’d love to hear them! As always, please share this post with friends if you found it helpful, and be sure to subscribe below.

Series: Habits of the Wealthy and how I implement them into my Life (1)

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I am not wealthy. Like my page summary, I say I am too poor to be wealthy, but too wealthy to be poor. Neither word truly defines my status here on earth, however I am content with that right now. My goal is to be wealthy, in the financial sense, so that I may give back to those not as wealthy, and so that I may be my most authentic self. 
 
I will confess: I googled many lists of “habits of the wealthy” and chose ones that I felt would help the most people who are in shoes similar to mine. Over time, others may become more prevalent or necessary to work into my life, which will be fodder for another day. I will explain the habits I have chosen and how I have implemented them into my life so that you can do the same.

The Habit 

Prior to the end of 2017, I was taking 10-15 minutes in the morning to listen to guided meditation on an app called Insight Timer. This app is fantastic: it’s free, you can search by topic, timer, guided or instrumental, etc. I found the time to be well spent: I would focus on the day ahead, clear my mind of the night cobwebs, and remind myself that the day is starting, and it has the potential, the right to be a fantastic day.  
 
Over time, I have fallen from the habit, and I should revisit it again. I originally sought out the positive starts to my day as a way of dealing with a stressful 9-5 job.
 
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Simple Changes: How to Implement 

First thing in the morning, I would listen to a short, guided meditation session, and “snooze” in my bed for another 5-15 minutes. If I felt refreshed and positive, I would start my day thereafter. Sometimes I needed a bit more, so I would either listen to a second one, or I would go to a podcast called Morning Mindfulness, a quick 2-3 minute podcast that is quirky and talks about gratitude or other life reminder, and ends with a breathe and smile reminder. This I would listen to while my coffee brewed and started breakfast. If I needed more, then I would “rinse and repeat”.
  
The time used for this healthy habit is not any more time than I would normally use, but used in a different way. It is easy to reflect and redirect thoughts while making coffee or pouring cereal. The difference is actually making the change and doing it.
 
 
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Always my “why”. This is my happy place.