Sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can change your life forever.
— Keri Russell
This past weekend was the 75th anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous, the group that helps others like themselves by “having one drunk talk to another” and by taking one day at a time. The secret to their success is that they know that little changes come from doing something that we didn’t used to do, every day. Over time the little changes become big changes and we’ve accomplished something that we never knew we could. In this week’s LA Times, a recovering alcoholic told his story.
In the article, Chas relates how he really, really didn’t want to go to his first AA meeting. He had seen AA help his father, his uncle, and his three brothers, but he had lots of reasons it wouldn’t work for him. A friend got him to go to a meeting anyway. He writes: Continue reading » Little Changes Into Big Ones
What do you do when procrastination is PLAGUING you?
In three of my recent posts I explored various topics surrounding procrastination – Have Fun NOW, The Yes… Damn Effect, and Just Git-R-Done. In this post I will grapple with my own inclination to procrastinate.
A short while back I was suffering from terminal procrastination. I decided at the time to draw myself a motivational picture depicting a reward for finishing. I drew this little caricature of myself in a hammock on a desert island, enjoying the satisfaction of being done with my duties.
— Roy Blumenthal
I, Ellie, have decided that procrastination isn’t going to keep me down. I’m declaring a truce with my To-Do List. I’m going to shift from procrastination to productivity.
I have my ways… For instance, in the past I often tagged my To-Do List with the title: Wish-It-Were-Done. Why? Because one day, when I was resisting doing my expense report, I sighed “Gee I wish this were done!” And that simple thought shifted my emotional state from discouraged to motivated. I subsequently whipped out the expense report in record time. I also had the good sense to recognize that I’d stumbled upon a good idea: rename that darned list to Wish-It-Were-Done-List! It’s time for me to do so again.
Here are some other techniques that have worked for me in the past… Continue reading » Ellie Wishes It Were Done!