Many of my jobs involve physically helping clients to knock off those jobs that they have been procrastinating.
Procrastination- the action of delaying or postponing something
For you that could be
- Sorting through the kids clothes and toys that they so quickly grow out of
- purging out of date paperwork and organising it for tax
- Cleaning out the pantry
- Lightening the load in the linen press
- Having a “Trinny & Susannah” moment in your wardrobe
- Finally unpacking the boxes from your move
Tomorrow’s job is a bit different. Tomorrow I am helping a client to tackle a very personal “to-do” that they have been procrastinating for a long time. She has admitted that leaving it for so long has actually built up the anxiety to a level that she fears doing it so bad that she now has a phobia. (After my experience dealing with my bird phobia she knew I would understand more than most)
We are going to the dentist.
I love that by being a non judgemental, trusted “friend” while working through the clutter in her home, she knows I will show the same respect, empathy and understanding undertaking this delicate task.
I’m hoping that by the mere accomplishment of this job her confidence in her ability to complete tasks will grow and her anxiety levels will lessen. I can’t wait to celebrate the victory tomorrow and see the change in her demeanour and mindset.
I share this story to enlighten you and encourage you that no matter what you are procrastinating, whether it’s big or small, you can tick off that to-do. You may need a helping hand – a person to work along side you, a professional to advise you or a friend to encourage you – and that’s ok. Often when we procrastinate we magnify the task in our head and make it feel it will be too hard or take too long etc.
As the famous quote goes – how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you need help munching through your to-do list, call me.