As an adult we have a long list of things “to-do.” It’s either physically written down, recorded in our smart phones or stored somewhere in our brains. While we are often aware of our priorities we tend to just go through the motions – get up, go to work, pay the bills, eat, sleep, repeat. We seem to be programmed. Life isn’t that simple. Sometimes we are thrown curve balls, or we make the decision to add other layers to our lives – studying, starting a new hobby, changing jobs, relationships, fly fishing…what ever takes your fancy really. We some how have to find a balance and make sure that our priorities match our goals and vision for the future that we want.
This is why I have been absent from blogging. I have had to prioritise my time and energy to ensure what needs to get done does get done in the most effective and efficient way (not to mention writers block, but I shall keep that for another time). Now let me tell you what I have learnt about this…I am a pretty good procrastinator! For instance, I’ve got a shite load of boxes sitting in the garage that have been there since I moved into this house about a year and a half ago. I know those boxes are there and I keep telling myself I will crush them and recycle them thoughtfully….now that I have assignments coming out of my ears, a business to try and build, work to attend to, and overall life admin – nothing seems more important now then getting rid of those damn boxes! I know you hear what I am saying. I have had to exercise some self control – will the world end if those boxes aren’t crushed? No…I mean the world might end, but not because I haven’t crushed those boxes.
When we have visions for our future in any shape or form it can become overwhelming. While you can sit down and think about where you would like to be in 3, 5 or 10 years time, often you won’t have a clue, however when you make the decision and have a rough idea of where you would like to be, taking the first steps towards these goals can be a challenge. For me personally I get really overwhelmed at the thought of where I would like to be. Yes, I should break my goals down into more manageable chunks, but it is scary and anxiety provoking. So much so that I end up feeling like a dead weight that isn’t moving any where and everything that I am working for constantly feels out of reach.
So what is the solution? Keep moving forward. When procrastination or fear sets in, to sit with it, acknowledge it and then continue to push through, until our goals are no longer at our finger tips, but instead in the palms of our hands.
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” Stephan R. Covey