This week I have been sharing about my life-long habit of procrastination and how I’m hoping to break it. First, I had to do the hard work of some honest self-evaluation. Next, I made an attainable goal of not procrastinating for just one day, and then for one week. Today I’m leaving you with thoughts about the Next Level, and some tough questions you can ask yourself, as I did.
This is a lifestyle choice: to not be a procrastinator. As I reflect on my week, I realize it doesn’t end with a clean house, or with being on time for school. I would call that Level One, and I feel like I got pretty close to achieving it.
But what is Level Two?
Remember how I said the to-do’s continued to grow? There’s a whole category called “Things I Should Do” that I just never did, because they weren’t urgent. These are the cherries-on-top of life. The moments that allow you to go an extra mile and exhibit a kindness. There are countless times throughout my days where I think of showering friends and loved ones with love in one of these ways, but I don’t afford myself the time to actually do it.
- A birthday card.
- A note in a kid’s lunch box.
- A knock on the neighbor’s door to say hi.
- Playing with the dog in the backyard.
- Vacuuming under the bed.
- Responding to non-urgent texts or emails.
- Calling someone just to chat.
- Sending a surprise gift, just because.
So that’s my goal. Level Two. To be the kind of person who does the things she should, not just the things she has to.
I know this series will resonate with some of you. If procrastination has been a struggle for you, here are some questions to kick-start your own self-evaluation:
Questions to Ask Yourself:
- What small ways does procrastination creep in?
- What huge thing am I procrastinating on right now?
- Why am I procrastinating on that task?
- What did procrastination rob me of today?
- What one thing can I change in my routine to “do myself a favor” today?
- If I had more time, what “Level Two” act of kindness would I do?
Remember our Entrusted memory verse, “For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.”
1 Corinthians 14:33. Order and peace are good goals and a wise woman seeks them.
Taking some time to think about these questions, and even to write them out, can be all the motivation you need to start making some needed changes. Try it for a day. See how it goes. You have nothing to lose. And I’ll be doing it with you.