Hello SOTGC community,
There I was on my aunt’s back porch in Florida — soaking in the sunshine, enjoying free wifi, sipping on a cold diet coke with my iPhone 6 pressed up against my right cheek. It was the Friday before Christmas Eve, and I was on a phone call with my accountability partner of nearly three months. Stuffed up and congested from a head cold, I was determined to finish the year strong! And just as I had done so many Friday’s before, I read through the following week’s list of action items to my accountability partner.
“Create hashtag course! Record intro video and all accompanying modules,” I managed to say out loud with satisfaction. “Take THAT head cold, you won’t sideline me,” I thought to myself.
My accountability partner chimed back, with the utmost love and concern, “This Hashtag course has been on your to-do list since we started talking in October. Why haven’t you finished it yet?”
At first, I mentioned my cold. “No one wants to hear a congested person speaking on audio to them, for two straight hours.”
Then I blamed my traveling.
And then, I realized, this was a VERY good question. “Why hadn’t I finished this yet?”
I’d been procrastinating and, rather than getting angry with myself about it, I had to uncover why.
My yoga practice had taught me there was a lesson in everything, so what was the lesson this procrastination was trying to show me? And, more importantly: what gifts would the lesson reveal to me so I could share them with you SOTGC community?
My first initial thought was that <click to tweet: Procrastination, albeit frustrating, can be a very powerful teacher.>
As a creative and performing artist prone to last-minute whims of inspiration and “thriving by the seat of my pants,” I’d always looked at procrastination as either a muse or an enemy but never as a revealer of truths. And so the lesson for me, for you, for us, is, “what is our procrastination showing us? What is it teaching us?”
When that inclination to pause or put off strikes, here’s how to find the blessin’s+lessons to get yourself back on track.
- You need some extra hands. In the case of my course creation, I wasn’t lacking enthusiasm and knowledge —what I was apprehensive about were all the technical aspects of course creation: buying softwares, using them to record, hooking up microphones. I soon learned one of two things: I either (A) needed to hire someone to help me do these things or (B) needed to find a way to learn these things. I opted for the latter and quickly turned to peers in a course creation Facebook group. With regard to what you may be putting off, is it something you can hire out? Seek training on? Share with a friend? Chances are you aren’t being lazy — you are being hesitant and there is a distinct difference. With support comes accountability, with accountability comes action and with action comes completion. Figure out your source of overwhelm, share it, and, in no time, your will have solutions because you have a support system in place. Best of all, you will feel relief.
- You need to let it go. Maybe you had a great idea for a business, maybe you wanted to try a new workout routine, whatever the case may be, it just doesn’t make it on your calendar. If it’s not a priority, you may not be passionate about it anymore and that’s okay. Rather than feel bad about something you subconsciously don’t want to commit to, let it go. Remove it from the to-do list without any remorse. If you feel the slightest tinge of guilt or hesitancy, try step 1 first. Then, if that doesn’t help, let it go like Elsa in Frozen—no further justification necessary.
- You may need a break. This last one may seem a little contradictory. “I’m putting something off … so I may need … more time off?” YES! More than likely, you may be tired, not getting enough sleep, preoccupied mentally, emotionally, or blocked physically, which means you need to make space. Whether you disconnect from the computer for a weekend, incorporate a weekly meditation class, or take yourself to the spa, chances are the procrastination is stemming from pressure, and the surest way to move through is to “blow off some steam.”
Yes, procrastination can be frustrating.
It can make you feel bad about yourself and cause you to panic, stress, and, just overall, freak out.
OR, it can reveal some beautiful truths to you.
It can be a great teacher. One that inspires you to ask for help, move on, or give yourself some TLC.
The choice is yours and mine. And apparently Oscar Wilde’s. “I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.” ―Oscar Wilde
We needed that Oscar, we needed that.
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