Holidays are over: How to get back on track and stop procrastinating ?
Holidays are over: How to get back on track and stop procrastinating?
I always have mixed feelings after the summer holidays. I hate the fact the holidays are over and I am not looking forward to the busy schedules of work, school, sports and other activities. But I do like to have some more routine again and to get back to fulfilling activities .
What about you?
I often found it hard to pick up “my life” again after the holidays. Before the holiday I used to postpone activities, promising to pick them up when I would be back. During the holidays I would think of many things I was going to do when I was back. But by the time I was back I did not know were to start, and before I knew I was busy with “nothing”. Meaning to say I was busy with things that did not really give me the feeling of fulfillment.
What did help me was the following:
I looked at my life in terms of key areas, I was a mother, a partner, I needed to do some sports to get positive energy and stay fit, I liked to do some voluntary work, I wanted to have to time to spend with friends, an on top of that I wanted to start my own business
My problem was, I did not have enough time to do everything I wanted. So I had to choose.
Does this sound familiar?
Looking at “my agenda” which would mainly be in my mi
nd I actually put it on paper first and used a Business Time Management grid
What is important, what is less important, and which of those are urgent which are not?
I realized my agenda was full of distractions and of course everyone needs some “distractions “as long as they are important to you and/or give you fulfillment. Then distractions, which are not import should be “eliminated”.
Easier said then done!
For instance, what about the cup of coffee I drank with my friends in the morning? Important to socialize but maybe not every morning, I decided.
What about my friends and family visiting us ? I tried to make clear arrangement so I would not accompany them during weekdays.
What about all the emails coming in my mailbox when I was working at the computer,? I turned of the “new email alert” and would check my mailbox only after I had finished what I was doing.
Making these choices is something you only can do your self but if you have a clear goal in mind you want to achieve it will help you to make the decisions. So I decided if I really wanted to start my own business I should eliminate distractions, set a goal , make a plan and stop procrastinating !
If you need help with any of this or with looking at what kind of business / work you would like to start you can contact me.
Sacha Tanis Hopmans from Expart