14/04/2018

LIFESTYLE | Why You Should Do Things NOW


No more excuses.

Procrastinating is so easy, especially when the weather is crap in early spring days. We'd all like to snuggle in bed with a hot drink and a film instead of working or completing the projects we've been postponing for ages. We're all guilty of doing that aren't we? However today, I'm going to talk you through all the reasons why you should be doing stuff right now. Close Netflix, get yourself at your desk and think about these...

WORK NOW, ENJOY LATER
Working can be tiresome and feel like a chore sometimes, even when you love your job. As much as I love teaching, sometimes creating Powerpoints and planning lessons is the last thing in the world that I want to do. But will putting off the work make it disappear? Nope, it'll still be there in a couple hours, which I'll have spent mentally complaining and vegetating. A lot of time lost, not much accomplished. 
If you do the work as soon as you can, you can tick it off your list and not think about it again. It'll make you feel satisfied and you'll enjoy even more your time afterwards, because you'll feel like you've well deserved it! At the weekend, don't postpone a task until the late afternoon. If you do it in the morning, you'll enjoy cups of tea in front of YouTube videos for as long as you want once you're done. Find the little things in your daily routine that would be a reward - it may be a normal part of your day, but it'll feel ten times better if you do it after you cross the tasks off your to-do list!

TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR MIND
What is preventing your from doing things, if not yourself? Procrastination is a big psychological process, and I think everything that happens in your mind can be solved by you and only you. It just takes a little motivation to accomplish the things you have and want to do.
Stop thinking about that project you've been wanting to do for ages. Get your head together and do it! You can always improve it and change it later. Once you've started, it'll feel a lot less daunting and you'll finally enjoy it. How many times have we told ourselves "I should have done this earlier!"? I bet we've all said that to ourselves more or less recently. 
One of my big projects to accomplish this year is to complete a novel I have started writing a couple years ago. To motivate myself on days where I feel like procrastinating, I think about my goal, the outcome of all the work I am putting in the novel, and this fuels my mind to give me the motivation I need - saying that yes, I can do it and it'll be an awesome accomplishment. It all starts in your mind!

« Do it now. Sometimes 'later' becomes 'never'. »

STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU ACHIEVE
It is important to take pride in what you do, even the smallest things. If you push yourself, find the motivation when it seems impossible, and do instead of saying 'I wish I'd do this', you will show yourself and the world what you can do. The quicker you start, the more you can do and the best you can become. Whether it's work, a sport, your blog, your health, writing a book, starting your business, changing something in your life that you're not satisfied with - it all comes from you, and all the results you'll get will be thanks to your determination, power and your own making. The best motivation to accomplish something should always be yourself, and the pride you will take in accomplishing these challenges, no matter how big or small they are.
Don't wait for other people to do it for you, take the reins and show yourself what you're capable of!

What is the one thing you have to do right now that you've been avoiding? Go and do it now!
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16 comments:

  1. I am pretty good at getting things done whenever I get the chance, I learned the hard way once I had kids if I don't do it immediately, I will probably never get around to it.
    A novel? That is a huge project, good luck with it!

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Well as long as it works for you, it great haha! Thank you, a huge project indeed but I'm hoping to get through it! xx

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  2. Great motivating post ! I try to always do as much as I can !
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  3. I need to start being better at making things happen, you sound so motivated in your post, I love it!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Hopefully my motivation can get through to you haha! xx

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  4. Absolutely love this post Julia! In particular, your point about working now so you can enjoy your time later. There's nothing like enjoying some time at the end of each day to truly relax, knowing you've done everything that needed to be done :) Have a fabulous week ahead!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Exactly, when you can truly relax everything feels more satisfying! Have a great week too, enjoy the sun! xx

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  5. Love this post Julia! I'm a huge procrastinator and I always push things away until the last minute! This happens mostly with my assignments and I'm working on fixing this. I like to make a plan and write to do lists so I know what needs to be done that day :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I've been getting really good and doing assignments on time, it's a pain but it saves you so much stress! xx

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  6. This was actually very helpful for me at this moment! I have so much on plate nowadays that I tend to give up and give in to watching 2 broke girls all day long. I will definitely use this post to my advantage!

    http://reetlonari.com/summer-playlist-2018/

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    1. I'm so happy this post helped you Reet! Don't give up - the more you do straight away, the shorter your to-do list will get and the more you'll feel satisfied with how much stuff you've handled! Good luck :) xx

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  7. There are two things that I keep postponing, mainly because I'm afraid of an "no". But tomorrow I'm going to do it, send that email and make that call. Today I had a coffee-date with my husband and he is supporting me as much as he can. Now, back home, I read your post about things I should do now because I'll have more time to sort them out. :)

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  8. I really hope you did it Anca! It's great to have someone to support you too, it definitely makes a massive difference. xx

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  9. Aw love this so much! I am so very conscious of the things I'm not doing, I put so much pressure on myself to try and do everything and end up not doing much at all because I'm stressing so much >< haha! A novel sounds wonderful, go for it Julia! Please share parts on your blog or show me where I can buy it? :D I'd love to have a read haha! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. Putting pressure on yourself will only cause you to stress, this is why coming up with plans, to-do lists and creating a motivational environment around you is super important :D Thank you Elizabeth, I can keep you posted about it! xx

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