Today is my birthday.
Today I am a year older and I love to reflect on the previous year on my birthday.
I think this is the first time in my entire life that I can say I am less of a procrastinator this year than I was last year.
I recently read that all procrastination is rooted in fear. That has definitely been true in my own life.
I procrastinated on everything from major and minor projects, daily household tasks, making phone calls, replying to emails, grocery shopping, laundry, and what time I should leave the house for a meeting. You name it, I probably procrastinated about it.
For me, this procrastination came from the fear of scarcity. I was afraid that there wouldn't be enough time for me after I finished all of the tasks. While caring for three children, I felt like the little time I did have was too precious to spend on anything or anyone other than myself. I was afraid that if I truly applied myself to any of the above, I would find myself a slave to menial work with no autonomy. I was worried I would become a slave to the routine.
When I decided something had to give because the level of chaos in our home was out of control, I started to focus on just getting the laundry done and meals prepared. I realized I didn't find myself enslaved to the tasks. Instead, I experienced the opposite. I felt free. Free from the burden of the laundry weighing on me and free from the decision fatigue that plagued me when I had no idea which day I would go grocery shopping.
I exchanged scarcity for abundance. Now that I am doing more around the house each day, I feel like I have more time than I did before. I am no longer spending my whole day resisting the task at hand. I tackle the task and then move on which allows for me to get work done and care for myself and my family.
My hope for you and me for this upcoming year is to continue to lean into really tackling the task at hand and owning what it is we are supposed to be doing.
Let's conquer procrastination once and for all.
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