Focused Living, One Month at a Time

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Challenge #21 March 2013 – Focusing and Finishing

Yes, I have an emergency kit in place now
 It’s time (beyond time actually) to deal with my procrastination tendencies.

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
-Wayne Gretzky

Have you ever put something off because you just didn’t feel like doing it?  The task, no matter how big or small, wasn’t urgent so why not just let it slide until…And then “until” becomes simply never getting around to it?   There are so many easier things you’d rather do, like check your email or Facebook, watch The Daily Show, or even clip your fingernails?  I’m betting that like me, you’ve got those tasks, gathering dust on some written (or mental) to do list – yes?  I decided to dust off the list this month and pick some tasks to accomplish and lighten that mental load – and it was totally worth it.

Why This Challenge
Contemplating my delay in actually starting yoga last month, I decided this would be my next challenge - in the hopes that focusing my energy on this it would also help reduce the tendency to procrastinate on some of the smaller day-to-day household (and occasional work-related) tasks too.  By having this blog and you, my loyal readers as my accountability partners, it really did work.  So here I am (yes on the actual last day of the month - no posting delay after the end of the month like the past few months!) to tell you about it.  I had also read this excellent blog entry on the topic a while ago, and it really stuck with me.

The Strategy
At the beginning of the month I wrote down the ten tasks I wanted to get done by March 31st that I had been putting off, for no good reason – they simply required some focus, effort, and/or time commitment that I hadn’t committed to yet.  I won’t bore you with all of them, but some of the highlights were:  get my car serviced, putting together a decent household emergency kit, making some investment decisions and acting on them, and organizing some papers/magazines that were hanging around the house for way too long, and a bit of gardening that long overdue.

How it Went