Over the last week I’ve noticed that the difference between getting something done and sitting around procrastinating it to just do it. It sounds simple but so many times I sit in my chair on the computer and almost dred doing the things I know I want to do. It can be anything from doing the dishes to golf with my friends, I still go to this braindead mindset where there is nothing more that I want to do then to veg out on youtube, craigslist or reddit. If I’m not careful this type of behavior becomes a trend and can go on for days before I catch it.
When I’m in this mental and physical funk I’m very unproductive. The lack of productivity leads to a self deprecating inner voice that reduces my self worth. This scares me because I have a history of mental illness in my family. I’ve lost multiple family members to suicide and drug abuse. I can see how easy it is to fall into the trap of self harm when your biggest enemy is yourself. One of the reasons I stay up at night (besides lack of exercise, caffeine, and sugar) is the anxiety I get from not completing the things on my todo list. The same todo list that I’ve had with me all day but never acted on.
Just Do It. Now I’m not advocating 3rd world slave labor for 1st world monetary gains (like Nike is famous for) but I do like the words themselves. Getting the things I want to do done comes down to me Just Doing It. Even if I feel tired, unfocused, or preoccupied with other stresses in the day; the path to my best self is through ACTION. I don’t always work as fast or efficient as the task requires and that’s ok. My perfectionism is often my crutch for not finishing projects. The most famous paintings from artists like Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso are fractions of the total number of paintings they have painted. When it comes to personal goals, I need to create more content. The content doesn’t need to perfect or good at first. Quality will come when quantity increases.
The day to day struggle with battling procrastination, mental fog, and physical fatigue is won with action. I can’t allow myself to get comfortable with getting lost on Netflix. My internal voice is supportive and my biggest ally when I’m productive, social, and active during the day. The first step to making that ally is to get up and doing something. Or as my wrestling coaches in high school would say “Get Shit Done!”. I’m amazed at how much I can get done around the house when I set a time on my phone for 10 minutes and I do as much as I can around the house until the timer goes off. Usually the task that is avoided for hours, takes minutes to complete.