Do you ever procrastinate? If not, you can move on to the next blog post!
But if you are like everyone else, myself included, then you probably procrastinate at least some of the time. Or a lot of the time!
For me when I let a lot of things slide by in my home and I have ended up feeling frustrated by the increasing disorder and clutter.
Each day adds to the previous one when procrastination is allowed to take over.
When that happens I do some “Spring Cleaning” around the home and it feels great to be making progress!
It’s human nature to put off unpleasant tasks and also the tasks that seem less important. It’s really easy to get caught up in what is demanding our attention right now. Or what looks like more fun than what needs to be done.
It reminds me of a story that I heard in one of my classes in high school and then again later in college.
The story is of a person who had a pile of rocks and one large jar. At first this person put random rocks in the jar but soon found that the large rocks would not fit. So out came the rocks and the person tried again this time putting in the large rocks first.
An amazing thing happened. Once all of the large rocks were placed in the jar first all of the smaller rocks fit around the larger ones and then all of the rocks fit neatly into the jar.
The lesson is that when we take care of the really important parts of our life first the rest will fall into place.
But if we lose focus and ignore what is really important it will never fit in. We will feel frustrated and unfulfilled.
How do we figure out what the big rocks in our life are?
Sometimes it’s hard to see the big rocks because all of the little rocks seem so important.
I have an activity that I think you will enjoy which will help you identify the big rocks in your life!
This will only take a few minutes, but if you really want to make the most of it you may choose to take longer with it. The more time that you spend on it the more it will benefit you.
Dust off your imagination…
The first thing that you will want to do is to sit back and close your eyes and imagine what your life would be like if everything in it was exactly as you want it. If you had no limitations at all, if you had all of the time and other resources in the world available to you.
Don’t let yourself be held back by any type of mental limitations. Let your imagination take off. It may need to be dusted off a little, give it some time if you need it.
Write it down…
Once you have a good mental picture of how you want your life to be take the next step and write it down! You don’t want to forget about this.
You can either write it out in paragraph form as a story or you can make a list. If you have time to do both it will be beneficial do them both because writing paragraphs and writing lists engages different parts of your brain.
Either way that you choose to go writing it down will help to solidify this image of the life that you want into your mind.
This is where kicking procrastination comes in. Decide what steps that you are going to take now to begin to make your ideal life happen.
You’ve just discovered what the big rocks are, what is really important to you.
These are the goals that you need to focus on and not let the smaller things in life push out of the way.
It’s vital that we take at least small steps toward achieving these goals right here and right now. Even if you can’t bring the full dream to life right now you can at least bring a part of it to you.
Keep it fresh…
Keep the piece of paper that you wrote down nearby and look at it every day to keep your goals and dreams fresh on your mind.
Don’t let yourself forget about them and go back to the old ways of letting the little rocks crowd out the big rocks. Take care of the big rocks first then you will find the little ones fitting in where they should.
Take it a step further…
If you are really feeling inspired by this exercise (if this is a first time in a long time that you have gotten in touch with your dreams you may be feeling a lot of different things!) then you might want to take this to the next level to keep yourself inspired.
Find pictures that showcase your dreams and goals and put them on a piece of paper or cork board so that you can have a visual reminder of your goals to look at daily.
You can find pictures from magazines or searching them online to print off. Or you could draw them yourself! Just have fun and stay inspired!
To Your Success,
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