It’s often easy to procrastinate without even really meaning to. I know I frequently sit down to do something on my computer, and make the mistake of looking at my email, or checking the weather or something online. One thing leads to another and Bam! There goes the morning.

It’s not that I intended to procrastinate… and what I was doing was useful …. it just wasn’t the stuff I planned to do. And if I’m being honest with myself, it wasn’t as useful as the stuff I planned to do. It certainly wasn’t on my top 3.

When I’m at my most productive I think about my top 3 things, put them first on my list, and just do them. I don’t look at my email or get online until I’ve finished them.

That way they’re done, I feel productive and satisfied. I also haven’t got decision fatigue from trying to work out of an email is more important than one of my priorities. I didn’t have to think, I just took action.

The same applies to a whole bunch of tasks. It’s much quicker and easier to ‘just do it’.

For example, I generally like to exercise in the morning, while my girls are watching TV or playing.

But if I get up, make some tea, sit down and start thinking … oh dear. I find myself wondering which workout to do, or whether I should do a workout today or not. I consider the benefits of a rest day, or toy with the idea of going for a walk instead of doing a workout. The list of contemplations is endless!

Instead I try to limit my thinking, and ‘just do it’.

In the famous words of Goethe:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it – Begin it now.


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