I certainly don't mean the painter.
If you haven't been doing something you need to do, there comes a time when you just have to GET OFF YOUR ASS and do the damned thing. G.O.Y.A
You probably want to do the thing you're supposed to do, but keep telling yourself:
If any of the situations outlined below sound familiar, it might be time to G.O.Y.A
Procrastination has a way of invading one’s life, and damaging your personal ecosystem, much as Zebra mussels or Asian carp invade our local waterways and damage the established ecosystem.
Don’t let procrastination, dawdling or foot-dragging take over.
Just get started.
MUSIC TO G.O.Y.A
Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain
There’s no single type of procrastinator and no single explanation for why procrastinators do their thing, or, rather, don’t do the things they should be doing.
What I see in my coaching practice are three types of procrastinators:
Regardless of type, procrastinators usually feel bad, stressed and guilty about their habit of not getting things done in a timely manner or not getting things done at all.
If I could stand the guilt or stress I probably would be a procrastinator. But, I don’t do well when I’m stressed, falling behind, missing deadlines, or late. I hate being late with library books! For me, the benefits of doing things on time far outweighs the high costs of procrastination.
Yet who doesn’t have difficulties choosing between more pleasurable tasks that give you a quick fix and the tougher less pleasurable tasks that require discipline, commitment and getting your hands dirty or at least sweaty?
What do you find if you do a Google search on procrastination or consult procrastinators?
Are you are one of those people who gets down on yourself about not getting stuff done? Are you easily distracted? Impulsive? Or prone to avoiding stressful tasks in favour of more pleasurable pursuits?
If you are saying “yes” then here are some ideas that will help you kick the procrastination habit. Or at least minimize the negative impact of putting off tasks till later.
The first three ideas are foundations for the others. As with any change, it’s best to start with small steps.
Often I feel that projects overwhelm us when we look at how many hours are involved until completion. But just getting started is usually not that difficult.
When I was 12 or 13 years old, my mother would lean large reproductions of famous paintings (e.g. Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh) against the sofa and invite me into the living room to discuss the art.
She would prompt me with a few questions such as:
Then she would ask me to look at the painting from a distance, and then close-up:
She would offer her perspective on each painting, adding background stories about the artist and the painting. These facilitated discussions helped her prepare teaching notes for her work with underprivileged children -- teaching art and art appreciation. Mostly, I was co-operative. I knew it was for a good cause. She was not trying to torture me with arty conversations.
When I saw this painting at the National Art Gallery of Denmark, I was struck not by the beauty of the painting but by the many stories I saw within it, stories that were speaking directly to me:
All of us can look at scenes from our lives as if they were paintings and ask ourselves:
And then we can walk around the scene again, and look at it from different angles and distances and perspectives.
I took this picture while visiting the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. At first my eye was drawn to the vibrant colors. But the greatest impact came from the artist's choice to juxtapose a strong and healthy looking woman against an immense mountain. He framed them as equals.
She is as monumental as the mountain.
We all have moments when we feel physically and emotionally strong.
One might walk a bit taller, or have a bit more swagger. Or, maybe just be smiling on the inside and radiating positive energy. Perhaps feeling downright superior.
Of course, these moments are fleeting.
But, knowing this feeling of strength is within our reach, we can aim to more regularly achieve such a state of mind and body.
A surge of confidence can arise from within or can arise from without - when we feel the approval of others. While both are needed, the former has more staying power, make that standing tall power.
You stand tall when you:
What do you rely on to feel good about yourself? To summon your inner strengths and stand tall?
If you need support in getting up from under your own weight - so you can stand tall - call me.
Ain't no mountain high enough,
My family, relationships, movement, nature, flexibility of mind, exploration of alternative perspectives & openness are central to my life.