What if you woke up one morning and an inner voice told you that you had limited time left on this earth? What would you do? The reason I ask is because that very thing happened to me this morning. It was an ‘aha’ moment when I was suddenly aware that the procrastination I’ve been indulging in for the past goodness knows how long has to end and getting stuck in to the various projects must begin.
My ‘problem’, if it is, indeed, a problem, is that I have too many balls in the air that I’m trying to juggle. As a result, I let them all fall and carry on with something else – usually online jigsaw patterns or word games. As time goes on and the list of things/projects that I want to do mount up, I feel overwhelmed, and don’t know where to start. So I don’t start; I continue with the jigsaws and word games.
If you cruise, you lose.
If you coast, you’re toast.
Fail to prepare – prepare to fail.
All these sprung to mind when I was fully into my ‘aha’ moment and I realised with fresh eyes that I’ve been coasting through the days, years even and all three of my books are still in the AF (Almost Finished) stage, and I have Book Four waiting in the wings. What should I do about it, I asked myself.
Well, I made a list of all the things that need to be done – it was impressive – and scary. And straight away I could feel my resolve wavering a bit. Then I remembered the saying: ‘How do you eat an elephant? The answer: One bite at a time.’ So I drew a very simplistic outline of an elephant with a bite out of his knee and I pinned the picture up on the shelf above the desk where I work (or more usually, play). I have it there in my peripheral vision all the time and it keeps me on track.
The list is long and each item is not something that will be completed in a few hours, or even a day but if I work methodically on one particular item from the list until it’s finished, then that can be ticked off the list. It’s simplicity at its best and adopting it shouldn’t be a hard thing to do.
What have you been putting off for a while that you could start? Use the elephant idea to get started.