Power in the Present
No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.
Do not leave for tomorrow, what can be done today.
-A Spanish Proverb
How many times have you said, 'I will do it tomorrow' today? How many times did you say this yesterday? That is a pattern most of us fall prey to. I struggle with procrastination and have consistently surrounded myself with tools to help minimize it. I was given solace years ago to understand why and was told that it is part of the depression I suffered. When I decided to take charge of my life and step out of the dark hole, I realized something major, everything I have put off, I would sit down, comb through and identify what was important. Basically, I used my wardrobe clearance system - whatever I hadn't worn in 6 months would be given away and if it didn't fit, big or small, it would suffer the same fate.
Thus began my journey to control being overwhelmed by an endless list of to-do's and will do's as well as trying my best in any situation. You realize that you can't do it all, and you shouldn't think that you can. So what I had put off for years, I let go of and what I hadn't done in months, I asked myself, why hadn't I completed said task? If the reason did not present itself, I labeled it a non-starter. This was difficult but following this exercise, I made the best decision of my life by deciding to account for my activities from when I woke up until I knocked-out, every day for one week. I categorized them all, mummy tasks, work tasks, family obligations, friends. I found out something fascinating, I did not have time coined out for ME.
I must state that during this week I did not add any new obligations and I made myself unavailable to anything that was not a priority. I had literally run out of time in the present and future by piling up everything I procrastinated upon alongside my daily routine activities. I was overwhelmed. I decided to change how I spent my time. Here is how I learned how to focus on the NOW, leave the past and hope for the best in the future. The key to overcoming procrastination is planning, self-honesty, and accountability! I hope I haven't lost you there. Stay with me, I promise it will be worth it!
Documenting my experience led me to develop an exercise in Biabook to help users work on procrastination because I found that when I became aware of how I spent my time, I could manage my business activities better so they did not overwhelm my personal life or disappoint clients. I fall off the wagon sometimes. Today, I will complete this post but don’t tell anyone that I am 2 days off. This is because I tried something new without accounting for the dedicated time I had for writing, editing, artwork sourcing and so on. I was spontaneous, my true self! However, I know better to make a promise, I must deliver. So in sharing my true life accounts and how I sometimes struggle with staying on track, you can join me on this journey not to conquer and self-manage your time by honoring how you spend it.
Remember this series was about how time is spent and how no condition is permanent once you set your mind to not live in the past. I wonder what the next installment would be like. See you there!
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