Procrastination - The One True Enemy!
Not to "toot my own horn" but I excel at many things. Math, IT skills, sailing, SCUBA diving, etc. but there's one thing I've become a pro at and that's Procrastinating. It's a skill I picked up early in life when it came to studying, homework, doing my chores and the like.
Over the years, I've relied upon it to let me do what I want to do now (most of the time which is nothing) and put the work off until later. Sounds great and makes sense right?
Well it's all fun and games until other events come into play.
Take my last week as a perfect example. Yes, I fell back on my master procrastinating skills last week. I just didn't have the oomph to write my four articles as I had scheduled them. For me, writing, although I don't enjoy it, comes rather easily. Once I have my titles and headers figured out, it's just filler at that point. As such, I figured I can jam 2 articles per day at the end of the week and still meet my weekly goals.
Then life came in... I won't go into detail but family, legal and other issues popped up. This added stress and, although I handled it all and everything is OK, left me with no energy or will to do anything more last week.
Now, I'm sitting here in a really busy week with eight articles to write to catch up. Yes, I could just write off last week's 4 articles, and it would lower my stress, but that's not really me and I try to keep to my goals, even if they end up being late.
Will I actually make it? Probably not. We have a wedding rehearsal Thursday night, the actual wedding on Thursday, a court hearing (part of that legal stuff from last week, and really has been ongoing for a year now) on Thursday, I'm trying to figure out when I can make a day available to go buy a DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 drone from someone three hours away (i.e. a 6-7 hour round trip) and I still work a full-time job.
I suspect I can get five to six articles done and carry the extras over to next week.
Goals and Accountability
So, now you've heard about last week... I met all of my goals except for the four articles. Not bad, but since our bread and butter is our sites, probably the last thing I should have pushed off.
This week's goals:
- Help 5 people each day in WA (answer unanswered questions/Live Chat) - In Progress
- Write 1 post on WA (hint, it's this one) - Done once I publish
- Share 1 WA post on Facebook - Done
- Leave 6 site comments each day - In Progress, yesterday complete, today 2 down 4 to go
- Write 4 articles per site (total of 8) - Not started
- Work my regular job
That's really it. Yes there's other daily chores like laundry, cooking food, doing dishes, etc. but those don't actually make it to my weekly list.
So, who's going to slap my wrist for procrastinating last week? Who's going to hold me accountable?
What about you? Will you list your goals this week? Do you want me to follow up with you and see how you fared?
List them in the comments below and I'll try to follow up with you next week to see how you did.
Thanks for taking the time to listen,