I had almost made peace with the fact, that, when I decide to do some kind of sports any amount of time a week, I will only stick with it for so long. Usually a week. I accepted that this is just me and that I will make due with the times I manage to actually pull through. There were times where I told myself I will do it later, tomorrow, … no I have a long day at work that day, no I will do it at the weekend, oh wait no, I need to relax.

But sports is not the only thing I kept procrastinating. We all do it sometimes. And I have to say, for some things I still just accept that this is the way I work best. For example, when I have an assignment due for my journalism course, I know, that I will do my best work when the deadline is daunting.

For most of the other things in my life, I recently started to keep my own word more often. And that is exactly what it is. I kept asking myself, why I value promises I am giving to my clients so highly and promises I am giving myself not at all.

Why would I start cleaning the whole kitchen, when really I wanted to write a blogpost? And when I finally sit down to do my accounting, why do I end up on amazon shopping for things I don’t need?

The last couple of weeks I tried to remind myself every chance I got, that the only person I should be accountable for is myself. And if I ask myself to do something, I should just do it.

Here are a few tipps and tricks I picked up in several of my lovely self-help books along the way. I can really recommend the podcast “Happier” by Gretchen Rubin, if you are into tendencies and how to live with your own one. Or check out her Blog, here is a great article about the topic.

 

These are a few things that currently seem to work for me:

1. Don’t build it up in your head.

Whenever you start debating whether you should actually do the thing you planned to do now, when you start coming up with reasons why you shouldn’t, stop. Stop arguing with yourself and truly look at the thing you don’t want to do. Is it really that bad? Will it really ruin your day? Or will it maybe even make you feel better after you did it?

2. Set yourself time boxes.

Depending on the task at hand, I will set myself a time box of 15 to 60 minutes. During that time focus on your task and don’t do anything else. It works, trust me.

3. Make yourself accountable.

No time, no energy? make sure you only plan to do things, that are realistic for you to get done and that you either enjoy doing or that will bring you somewhere you want to go. Now when it comes to discussing whether you should actually do it, you will have no actual argument against it.

Do you have any tipps to add?

 

 

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