Good morning and welcome to another dose of motivation for a Monday morning! I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend and is facing the new week with a fresh outlook. This morning I wanted to talk about procrastination and the art of putting things off until another day. I have definitely mastered this art over the course of my life and would confidently say I am now an expert!
There are certain areas of my life where I find it quite easy to get jobs done and others where I have literally had to train myself to be better at completing jobs. When I worked full time I found housework and general jobs at home would get on top of me and if things got left for another day then stuff got completely out of hand. I’m not too good at living in chaos and mess so I soon learned that the best way to avoid it was to tackle things as soon as they needed doing. Tidying up at the end of every day, washing up straight away, putting clothes away at the end of the night…all things that have helped me immensely and allowed me to keep an element of control on things at home.
When it comes to most other things though procrastination is my friend. I currently work 3 days a week, two days in the office and one at home. The day I work at home can be done whenever I wish and this, although might sound perfect for a working parent, is an actual nightmare. I start Wednesday with all good intentions, thinking I’ll bash out my 7.5 hours in one go and get it out of the way, but by the end of the morning school run I’ve already started thinking about things I would rather be doing and telling myself “you’ve got 5 more days to do that 7.5 hours, go and do something else today!”. Before you know it I’m driving to the garden centre, wandering around Primark, doing the housework, having a coffee with friends, scrolling through Instagram…take your pick!!
Christmas is another thing that causes procrastination. I really don’t know why because I love everything about Christmas and am more than happy to spend hours preparing for the festive season. However, every year I think I’ll get started early. I’ll start buying presents in August and wrap as I go so I am done by the end of November. I’ll write my cards as soon as I buy them and then post them straight away. I’ll book my supermarket delivery slot as soon as I can and save myself time traipsing around the shops. Do you think this ever happens….NO!! I regularly make a great start and then when I’ve got a nice stack of presents I get complacent and think I’m so well ahead that I can relax a bit…the next thing I know it’s Christmas Eve and I’ve done nothing else!
I’m currently at that point. We’ve got a good amount of gifts and I keep thinking I need to start the wrapping. The cards are bought and are sat on the shelf and we’ve booked a few days out in the run up to the big day so now I need to keep the momentum going. As the quote says at the start of the post, there’s nothing like making an easy job harder than putting off doing it. You’d think I’d have learnt by now! I thought I might give you a little update about how I’m getting on over the next few weeks – more for me than you! I need to be answerable to someone! I have a couple of amazing books which make me feel wholly inadequate when it comes to Christmas preparations! I can’t help but read them though and imagine what it would be like to be so unbelievably organised! If you are as Christmas obsessed as me you can find them here – click on the image to be taken to amazon where you can buy them!
I hope you all have a super productive week and manage to get all your jobs done without putting them off until another day. There’s one thing for certain, you will feel pretty amazing once the job is done! It’s Phoebe’s 7th birthday this week so we are on the big count down to a few days of girly celebrations!
Have a great week