I am a pretty avid procrastinator. It’s an issue. There are goals I keep failing to reach, projects I keep failing to complete. On the other hand, I am on my second binging of all nine seasons of The Office for 2018. So yeah, I do have it in me to finish something.
Anyway, I got a little sick of myself about a month ago, so I decided I would invest in one of those goal reaching journals. Here’s the gist: you write out up to three goals and make a plan for how you’re going to accomplish them.
One of my first goals was to figure out what is causing me to lose so much time. After just about three weeks I think I’ve figured it out- and found the source of my procrastination. In a nutshell, I don’t lose time, I waste it.
Most of my wasted time is spent in:
- Making mountains out of molehills
- Trying to figure out how to be more comfortable
- Driving places
- Coming up with excuses about why I didn’t finish all the chores/projects I’ve got going on.
Okay, some of that isn’t really true, but I think you can get the idea that I do waste a lot of time on insignificant pursuits.
However, there are actually some things that have changed for the better since I started this journal. I’ve been more realistic about what I expect out of myself (which began with admitting I am no longer in my 30’s. Or 40’s), which has allowed me to set goals that I can actually accomplish.
Thing is, taking the time to evaluate how I actually spend my time has helped me be less busy, and it has helped me to feel that I am using my time on things of value instead of always feeling like I need to catch up.
Time is not something that we have an unlimited supply of and we must spend it wisely. Think about it: If your life suddenly ended, what would you leave undone? Are the things you’re investing your life in now the things that you really want to leave behind as your legacy?
I challenge you- take some time and think about your time.