Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Elephant Can Be Delicious!
Sweaty palms. Panicked tightening of my chest. Knots in my stomach. All signs that I have procrastinated on something. When I was in high school and college I always waited until the night before a paper was due or a major test was happening to actually start working on it. Every time I wanted to kick myself for putting it off until the last minute.
And yet, I still fall into that tendency at times. It's not that I don't want to do the particular thing that is looming over me, but I get overwhelmed and have a difficult time getting started. And when I am feeling overwhelmed with an issue. or a to-do list a mile long or major project, I procrastinate. However, the more I put it off, the worse I feel. And still, I'll fritter away time on the computer or finding a million useless things to do so I don't have to face the task.
Dan doesn't get this at all. He is so self-disciplined and gets things done way ahead of time. He is always reminding me of how much better I would feel if I would just start!
Have you ever heard the saying, "How do you eat an elephant?" The correct answer is "One bite at a time!" This is so true of these major projects. You just have to start and work steadily at one thing at a time.
I'm so much better than I used to be. I've done a good job of overcoming this but I still have a long way to go. So with a giant sized task and to-do list in front of me, I need to just take one bite at a time. I just need to do the next thing.
Do you struggle with the same issue? Is there some huge task hanging over your head that you've been putting off? Start with one small step and then another and then another. Before you know it, that elephant will be gone and it can be quite delicious! Especially, when you look back and see how much you accomplished.
Have a blessed day!