Do you ever procrastinate? Silly question, huh? Of course, we all do. But are the tasks that we are avoiding really that bad? What is really going on?
It’s nearly tax season again. Dun dun dun… We have a great CPA that has recently moved offices. Because he is no longer local, we need to upload all of our documents to his site and we need to do it soon. He suggests that we have everything submitted by February 15th. So the clock is ticking.
I am pretty organized about our documents. Anything that has been digitally sent to us has been saved in my “Taxes 2016” folder in my Gmail inbox. I have been saving physical receipts throughout the year in a special folder on my desk. Our accountant even has a handy-dandy checklist of all the documents needed for the tax preparation. Here it is if you need a guide!
So here what I’m avoiding: I needed to sit down and update my business records to prepare for taxes. I’m not sure why I was procrastinating, but I was. I have had plenty of time to work, so I can’t blame it on being too busy. I had all of the information, I just needed to gather it all and enter it into my Google Drive documents. My wonderful husband, Adam, even set up the spreadsheets for me. So what is the problem?
It felt like a huge whale of a project that would take me hours and hours to sift through. Watching back episodes of Supernanny on YouTube felt easier than switching between my online banking, calendar and Google Drive.
Can you relate? Huge projects are so intimidating! So finally, I sat down at the kitchen table. I had my coffee and a podcast playing on my phone. I gave myself one hour to get as much done as possible. And I just started.
Guess what? After one hour, I was really doing well so I kept going. And in less than two hours I was completely finished. Done. It didn’t take a whole day or multiple sessions, just one time and less than two hours.
So next time you feel yourself procrastinating ask yourself a few questions:
- Why am I avoiding this?
- Do I have everything I need to complete this project?
- What is the first step?
- What can I do to make this feel better?
Get yourself pumped up and just jump in! Set a small goal, like working on the project for 20 minutes or just getting one basket of laundry folded or reading just one chapter or mowing just the front lawn or flossing just one tooth.
I know you can do it! And if you feel like you need more support, I am right here for you!