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Procrastination Your Days Are Numbered!

Hey there how are you?

Ive had a stinker of a cold! I only said to Mr H the week before that I couldn’t remember the last time I had a cold, them bam! Oh well all done and dusted now, onwards and upwards.

So, does the word procrastination resonate with any of you? Maybe if you read the dictionary definition of procrastinating it may sound familiar.

1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost
2. to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.

It is a word and action that has been an issue for me and I have decided that enough is enough. I want to write about it openly in the hope that it will help you whilst helping me at the same time.  I have always wanted to use this platform of ‘blogging’ to be as honest as possible with you, as an encouragement.

Social media in all its forms can be one of the most encouraging, helpful, insightful things we have the privilege to enjoy, BUT it can also cause all sorts of damage and problems. There are lots of blogs, Facebook pages etc that give the impression that people are living perfect lives with complete beauty around them all the time! Well my friends this just isn’t the case!  I know we all know this deep down but it’s so easy to find ourselves thinking that everyone has it better.

NB I’m not saying that having beautiful blogs etc is a problem, just if our perception if it causes us to be dissatisfied with our lives.

I used to think I was lazy because I didn’t always get things done like chores or projects that I really wanted to do and never getting round to them. Depression has played a big part in it. You can read my post on Depression to destiny here but busyness of life is another contributor.  I have come to realise that it is more than that. Here are some of the things that I believe can cause procrastination.

1. Fear of failure
2. Fear of what others think
3. Lack of confidence
4. Little or no self belief

I think so many of us never achieve what we are really capable of, or would simply like to do because of the above. Start believing in who you are. You are unique and have value. You might not believe that yet but it’s true.

I have all kinds of dreams in my heart to do now that I have started to believe I can, but I/we have to be deliberate about making things happen. I was 45 at the weekend and I have no idea how I got here so fast! What it has made me realise though is that if the first part went so quickly how much more the next? I don’t want to get to the end of my days with regrets.

Another thing that hinders moving forward is setting ourselves goals that are too big.  If we make more realistic goals and start small we are more likely to accomplish them and then move onto something a bit bigger.

My first goal is to try and post a blog once a week for a month on a specific day without any delays. I think it is achievable but will require me being very deliberate to achieve it.

You have to make the time for yourself. There will always be a load of washing to put on, a dinner to cook or a somewhere you need to be but you can find the time if your determined.

You can start with really small steps like

. looking up the course you’ve always wanted to do and finding out when it is and how much it costs.
. Finding out about the Zumba class that you want to try and make a decision to go.
. call the friend that lives abroad who is always asking you to come over. If you don’t have the money look at the cost and start saving towards it.

Start believing that all things are possible. Once our perspective changes we will start to see change around us.

What things have you been putting off in your life that you know deep down you want/need to do for you? I would like to encourage you to come along with me as I start the journey to combat procrastination!

Lets live life to the full ❤️

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Lesley Smith February 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Kate, I love the way you highlight the problems of life in such an easy relaxed fashion. I believe you are right, starting small sounds so manageable. I think we sometimes expect too much from ourselves and forget we are to enjoy life. Thank you for your revelations.

    • Reply Kate February 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thank you and your so welcome xxx

  • Reply Carol February 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Good one Kate. Spot on!

    • Reply Kate February 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Carol x

  • Reply Jayne j February 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is something I’ve been pondering on, so Ive found your insight really helpful.
    Thank you again for sharing your life and giving encouragement … You are so good at this Kate xxx

    • Reply Kate February 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Thank you Jane. So pleased it’s helping people! Xxx

  • Reply jenny white February 27, 2016 at 8:24 am

    There’s always tomorrow………..I’ll do it later…………I haven’t got time now…..the three things I hear myself say the most often!!

    Your so right though Kate, small goals are a good way to start our changes, little and often is another thing I tend to tell myself when doing a project I’m unsure of. You are so matter of fact in your blog, a breath of fresh air to read that you’re not the only person who feels this way. xxx

    • Reply Kate February 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

      It’s great isn’t it when we can relate to each other. It makes things seem easier when you know your not alone. Thanks for the feedback Jenny xxx

  • Reply Stephanie March 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Great post Kate. Procrastination is my middle name as you know. Last night I thought I would have time to put washing on do a bit of tidying up before meeting my gorgeous friend for coffee barely had time to get ready as sleeping in seemed much more appealing. But great morning even if the washing isn’t done. xx

    • Reply Kate March 5, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Ha ha! It was a great morning so lovely to catch up xxx

  • Reply Lizzy G May 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Love it. Everyone can relate. I only procrastinate when it’s something I don’t want to do. Therefore it stands to reason that another definition of procrastination is: “having to do the things you hate doing, but that you need to do”, otherwise why would you put off something you like doing?

    • Reply Kate May 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Ha ha true Liz! Thanks for your comment xx

  • Reply Nicky June 12, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Gosh Kate I’m a bit behind with your blogs. Theres about three posts on here I hadn’t read. Its hard to know where to start with a comment. Just about everything you say makes sense to me. Its as clear as day. As you know I’m on a bit of a roll and have been virtually born again after being ill for so long. You are so right about the age thing. For me life definitely begins at 49 and I intend making the most of every day. Keep coming with your posts because I love reading them. Much love. xx

    • Reply Kate June 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Hey Nicky it’s great that your finding the posts helpful, that’s the idea so really pleased. Take care xxx

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