For some reason that I don’t fully comprehend, I’ve been procrastinating waaay too often on finishing my blog posts and writing my newsletter this month. Like I sit down to start or finish a post and ended up researching our next car purchase, learning the pros and cons of telesummits, designing my kids birthday party invites or responding to emails. Not very inspired modeling, I know. But at least you know I’m human!
Anyways, I thought I’d break the spell with a post on the procrastination antidote. Because I’m guessing I’m not the only one who does this…. Am I?
The secret is Whoosh.
But before I tell you what that means, let me tell you how I discovered it.
Cleaning is another thing that I’ll avoid if I can. Being a Virgo, I used to be very neat and tidy, particular and organized… But with two small kids and a home business and my beloved at work fulltime… Well, let’s just say I’ve learned to befriend chaos.
So I was avoiding cleaning our bedroom (as you do… I mean, I do), until the dust on the dresser became so deep that I really couldn’t stand it anymore. Then, on the weekend, I finally washed down the dresser, sorted the clothes, vaccuumed behind the bed, and it was around the time that I was vacuuming the cobwebs off the ceiling that I felt it…
I suddenly realized that the room felt different. It’s like it was sparkling. In fact, it felt lovely. And not only that, I was having fun restoring the sparkle to this room… Where half an hour ago I’d been dreading the job, now I didn’t want to stop! I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to do something so fun and rewarding.
Have you ever dreaded a job, and dragged yourself over to do it, only to find that you soon got stuck into it and didn’t want to stop?
The Procrastination Antidote
The tasks we avoid – whether they be cleaning the kitchen sink, writing a blog post or calling a potential client – are a creative or transformative process of some kind. They involve making something appear, or disappear, or change.
The whooshing only comesafter you start doing the thing. It takes a little sweat to turn the energy of resistance into an energy of assistance. But once it turns, it gathers momentum, and then – Whoosh. The desired change is in progress.
So this antidote is not instant, in the sense that you don’t get the benefit before you start. But if you knew how wonderful it would feel – not when it’s all done and dusted – but when you’re half way through the task, just gaining your stride, right in the midst of your creative/transformative process … If you knew how wonderful it would feel, you’d be more inclined to get in and do it, wouldn’t you?
If you’re not sure, why not give it a try? Think about something you are avoiding doing. And think about how it will feel when it’s finished (nice, but boring)… Now think of how it will feel when you’re right there in the swing of getting it done, as you begin to tip the task into it’s transformation stage…
Well, it worked for me… First blog post finished in a month! Now, how about you???