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If I had a penny for every time someone came to me and asked me to help them get organized, figure out how to make a schedule, or learn how to optimize their time, I would probably be able to cure world hunger and a little month. . And while I don’t care about helping people with this task, I’m increasingly confused that people are still struggling so much with this issue.
After answering many questions and talking to countless people about how to make the most of their time, I came to this conclusion: It is not your fault! They’ve taught us to be procrastinating experts, and it’s finally catching up with us.
If you think about your high school years, and maybe even beyond, it’s easy to see that we were almost ready to become procrastinating experts. You have been taught to study as an exaggerated and at the same time you are doing sports, trying to have an exceptional performance as a class president, get the perfect grades to be able to enter the perfect university and then no employer will ask you what your GPA.
We were almost told that in order to be successful, we had to do everything possible, and if that meant postponing it to do so, so be it. While this may have worked in high school, many people have brought their expert skills in procrastination into adulthood and are slowly discovering that procrastination quickly leads to exhaustion and decreased success in the long one.
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As adults, we are procrastinating our business and our relationships, and instead of taking the time to complete the tasks that really matter, we are moving forward. Nothing matters as much as our free time, and we are willing to lose a lot to keep it going. This “can wait” mentality has made people think that all you can expect, when in reality, some things can’t. People no longer have the ability to choose three things each day and make sure they end up, which is why their time feels less special and shorter.
Imagine what your days, weeks, and months would be like if you chose three things each day that were not negotiable to do. After a week of being consistent with yourself, you would have marked 21 items on your list, and in a year, more than 1,000 tasks would have been completed.
Most of the time, people choose some things to do every day, but then they don’t finish them, because they feel like they can wait until tomorrow. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. never end.
That the sky will not fall does not mean that you have to wait to complete the tasks that are important to you today.
In addition to doing less, we are also contributing heavily to exhaustion when we don’t have a to-do list to complete and stick to. For example, if I don’t have a list for each day, I never seem to have enough. I could get to the end of the day and have completed 15 tasks, but since I never had a goal in mind, my first thought was “should they have been 16?”
By creating a list of three things to do no matter what happens, your brain knows exactly when it has completed enough tasks for the day and when it can pause comfortably and return to other less important activities (i.e. , watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram).
If you want to gain confidence in yourself, you need to start doing the things you said you would do exactly when you said you would. At the end of the day, if you can’t trust yourself to complete the tasks you set out to do, then who can?
Creating a list of three key things to complete each day is the number one tip I can give you for producing long-term sustainable growth for both you and your business. You see, while it is true that your procrastination cycle is not entirely your fault, it is also your fault if you do not decide that you want things to be different.
If you start each day with a list of three things to do no matter what happens, you will end up feeling fulfilled and proud to have been able to move forward with yourself and for yourself. It is the art of breaking the cycle of procrastination, one task at a time.
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