|born to be distracted|
Today's challenge is to take care of one thing on the To-Do list. What's something you've been putting off?
Scheduling that mammogram/colonoscopy/dental check up? Opening up that bill or email? Returning that sweater that doesn't fit, that phone call that feels like trouble?
Pick one thing, small or large. Write it down. Do it. Cross it off. Be done!
There's a general law regarding animal behavior: avoid discomfort. Did you ever do that experiment in biology class where you aim a little laser light or prod a sharp pin at an amoeba? Even these little single celled creatures, lacking a central nervous system, will move out of the way. We move out of the way too, and embellish with lots of rationalizations and distractions. We're more sophisticated in behavioral repertoire. And the funny thing is, Brain happily accepts temporary comfort of avoidance as a Big Reward: DING! Problem averted! But this momentary relief is often accompanied by prolonged vague dread. And psychological dis-ease. Enough of that and we can even get physical disease. Remember, Mind and Body occupy the same vehicle. We really aren't as smart as more instinctual life-forms. We cause ourselves all sorts of trouble with our temporary avoidance.
|don't wither on the branch|
Most of the time, our dread of the task consumes much more energy than the actual doing of it. The stories are overblown. And even when they aren't-- when we are facing something that truly is going to be difficult, no ifs, ands or buts-- well, it doesn't go away just because we don't do it. If there IS a tumor, the bill IS really high, the person IS frustrated we haven't called back-- it's not getting less complicated with delay.
Dealing with the hard stuff = hell to pay. Putting it off: Hell to pay, plus interest.
I can write for days about procrastination. I'm a pro at it. Maybe I will pick five things for Thursday's challenge. I'll let you know what I did. How about you? What does future self want you to take care of now?
Related reading: The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt Free Play. Neil Fiore, PhD.
Quotes of the day: “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” St. Augustine
"Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him." Charles Dickens
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