This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7
I almost, no in fact I did laugh out loud when I read the intro for today’s blog challenge. It is so me to getting into something, getting carried away to get more information and then starting to feel overwhelmed by it all, wanting to have it perfect and ending up procrastinating and last but not least being up fed-up.
So I loved that I had to think about this situation, and was even more relieved and a bit encouraged to notice that I am not at all alone out there! Because one thing is for sure – procrastination sucks. But looking at it in conjunction with being overwhelmed – and a perfectionist – gives a different view to the matter, because that is what happens to me! At times I get overwhelmed and then procrastinate because I simply got engrossed into something new but I still have all the other things to do, too. And then it all ends up being too much and I drop the ball in all areas until, bit by bit, I get myself together and start again. Perfection is a matter for me,too, even though I try to deny it (my husband cracked up laughing when I told him I am not a perfectionist). But through a coaching session I got pretty aware of that and started to work ‘with’ it and not let it stop me that much anymore (yeay to that improvement already).
So, for today we were asked to pick one imperfect action and write a post about why you chose the particular action and what you imagine it will be like if you do it every day for the next 30 days for as little as 5 minutes.
One action that I tend to drop / reduce is sports; Yoga and Jogging. I am the kind of person who either does sports for longer or not at all and when time is tight I often lose it along the way. And that is kind of ironic as this is part of the field I am in! So for this challenge today I will work on my mindset again and imagine myself doing Yoga or a shot run (even if 20min only) daily! Sports energises me, helps me to focus, gives me courage, helps me to sort my thoughts and calms my mind. It is in fact a vital factor for me to feel at ease. So when I drop that one I get really frustrated. Already just the thought and imagination to stick to it for 30 days everyday uplifts me! It gives me a drive and even puts a smile on my face! So rather silly of not sticking to it, isn’t it?!
I will promise myself to work on my mindset and tell myself ‘something is better then nothing’ – even if just 5-10min Yoga, Meditation or a short 20min run daily – because I know it will do me good and at the end it will help me in many other areas, too!
Being overwhelmed at times is good, but it is important to stop the procrastination because it is a frustrating feeling, takes energy and you spend more time to get out of it again. If you feel you are heading that direction – halt, breathe, take a break but do not stop!
But don’t forget – we all tend to procrastinate now and then, do not beat yourself up, after all we are only human!
Have a lovely day
2 thoughts on “Day 7 blog challenge – Procrastination and Overwhelm”
That’s a good mindset to have. Often getting started is the hardest part of all and once you are out there jogging or doing yoga you end up doing more. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the “good”
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good – love that one, Jayne! thanks!