Many of us are so busy during the day with work and family that, by the time we get home, we are done and spend the evening being the Queen or King of procrastination. You know the feeling. You really want to do x, y or z, but you get stuck in the mindset of how difficult it would be and how tired you are. Before long, you have talked yourself out of it, justifying why you haven’t got the energy, and end up killing time on social media.
Imagine if anything we thought about doing we instantly began to do, rather than being stuck in the thought processes about doing it. How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something by over-thinking, rather than actually getting on with it?
Much of the time this is all about the little things, such as replying to an email or text, making a healthy meal, or going to a yoga class. In the amount of time we spend thinking about these things, and talking ourselves out of them, we could have completed the task several times over!
So, this week I invite you to notice when you are getting stuck in the mind and push yourself into action…
- If you need to reply to a text or email, do it straight away rather than get stuck in the stress of it, or thinking about what to reply, so that, before you know it, you’ve told yourself you’ll do it later. In the meantime, your brain is still thinking about it and stressing, trying to remember. If you simply do it, it’s over and done with and your brain doesn’t have to use energy trying to think and remember.
- When you come home from work, get into the kitchen and make a smoothie before you sit down. Step right into action, otherwise you’ll talk yourself out of making something healthy, as you’re feeling too tired or haven’t got enough time, and before you know it there’s a pizza in the oven or a takeaway menu in your hand. A quick tasty and nutritious stir fry or raw salad can be made in the amount of time it takes you to chose what you want off a menu and phone or click – and you would have eaten it before the takeaway would have even arrived!
- If you want to go to a yoga class and catch yourself thinking about it and giving yourself excuses not to go, phone a friend and arrange to go together, as this will give you some level of accountability and make it harder for your mind to talk your way out if it. You could even tell your friend that you really want to go but are trying to talk yourself out of it, so could they please support you by coming along and making sure you get there.
I’d love you to share in the comments below about how you stepped out off your head and into action this week. How did you feel? What process did you use to dive into action?