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Lack-tions speak louder than words

I just read an email that gets sent to me on a regular basis. Let’s be honest. Sometimes I read these multitudes of things I subscribe to and sometimes they just get cleaned out of my junk box.

I wanted to learn about this one, so I decided to give it a click.

Granted, the irony is I’m shopping on Amazon for ballet leotards for the new dancer in the house, while paying bills online, while emailing a Facebook friend as to where to get the leotards cheaply. But, why wait for her to answer me?! I can just jump the gun and go.

So, enough self-flagellation…I really needed to read this. How many times have we said, “Once I…[fill in the blank], then I can begin my [fill in the blank] . If the current climate of the world teaches us nothing else, it should teach us to appreciate the little babies who smile and the strangers who hold the door for us and finding the parking spot right up front. Not to mention, the dear friends one has when the going gets tough (or during a happy time of life). Can’t wait for life to come up and bite us, we’ve got to get off the couch (or computer or FB) and make it happen for ourselves.

Well, maybe I won’t get off the computer just yet as I have some research to do for our next road trip! Enjoy your next trip, wherever it takes you.

Thanks to: Christine Kane who is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com.

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Spring Cleaning

Starting to feel the Earth’s pull. Went to a book club meeting the other day which was lovely, but attendence was a bit sparse. Maybe it’s outlived its usefulness to the current audience. Then, yesterday, went to my writer’s group meeting and found a new energy.

Am currently planning for a yard sale (coming up quick) with some of the neighbors who are moving. It’s time to clear the decks. Begin anew. Think fresh. More fresh air and exercise, too.

I love this website, too.  The article on “9 Irresistible Reasons to Go Complaint-Free” is terrific and as always, timely.

What’re some of the ways you shift gears AND keep up the momentum?

Can we talk about procrastination? Maybe later…

I stumbled onto this website and signed up for the ezine.   This article struck such a chord with me I wanted to share it here (with full and proper credit). 

9 Simple Solutions for Procrastinators
by Christine Kane

Irony: As I started to write this article, I thought, “I’ll just go play one Sudoku game first.” I caught myself in the act and marched to my laptop.

People who say that procrastination is about laziness are probably the same people who think that anorexia is about not eating enough.

Procrastination isn’t about laziness. It’s about fear. It’s about perfectionism. It’s about overwhelm. We all experience it, and there are some tricks to help you get moving again.

Here are 9 ways to break the procrastination habit:

1 – When you get an idea, do some little thing to begin.

When I read Stephen King’s book On Writing, I noticed something. I noticed that when Stephen King gets an idea, he writes it. Immediately and imperfectly.

Most people get an idea. Then they sit there. They wonder if it’s a good idea. Then, they wonder if it’s a good idea some more.

Got an idea? Begin it now!

2 – All hail small chunks of time!

Lots of us complain about having no time. My guess is that we all have lots of time. It just doesn’t happen to be all at once.

Are you waiting for many hours of spare time to begin your idea, your project, or your taxes? Stop waiting! Learn to use the spare half hour that comes up here and there. (I gave myself 45 minutes to write this article just to take my own advice.)

3 – Agree to do it badly.

Set a goal to do it badly. Set a goal to show up. Let go of doing it ALL, or doing it WELL.

Some of my coaching clients’ biggest victories have a lot more to do with getting over perfectionism and fear, than they do about getting it all done perfectly.

4 – Commit aloud.

Call a friend and say something like this: “I’m going to spend the next half hour working on my Law School Essay.” Then go do it.

Call the friend after the half hour and make her congratulate you. Repeat daily.

5 – Define quantities.

Nebulous goals make for nebulous results. “I’m gonna get my office organized” is a lot like saying, “We oughtta do something about Global Warming.”

Most procrastinators have a hard time defining quantities. We think everything needs to be done NOW.

When are you going to do it? For how long? Which part of your office? The file cabinet? Or your desk?

Define the goal and acknowledge its completion.

6 – Install this System Upgrade into your Mental Hard Drive: Less is More.

Have fewer goals. Have no more than three priorities for a week.

Why?

Because you’re not lazy. You’re just trying to do too much.

Find out what it feels like to accomplish one thing instead of not quite getting to everything. Wow – what a difference this makes!

7 – Do it first.

My first coach made me write songs first thing in the morning. He told me to schedule the 2-hour chunk as my first activity upon waking.

Why?

“Because you’re telling the universe that this is your priority. And then the universe lines up everything to align with your priority.

Action grounds your priorities. It makes them real. It also makes your day easier because you’re not wasting energy thinking about this thing you’re supposed to be doing.

8 – Avoid nose-bleed activities.

Email, voicemail, web stats – any activity that bleeds itself into your whole day becomes a non-activity. It becomes a nose-bleed.

When you do it all the time, you never complete it. You just let it slowly drain the very life force from you. Define times for these activities. Then, turn off your email, your cell phone, your web stats, until that time comes.

9 – Don’t ask how you “feel” about doing the activity.

Have you ever committed to getting fit? And then when the alarm goes off, you lie in bed thinking, “Do I really feel like going to the gym?” (Like you even have to ask!)

Change this pattern. Make your decision the night before. Commit to getting up and going right to the gym, the computer, the blank canvas. Don’t have coffee and sigh and think, “I’ll probably feel more like it at lunch time.” You won’t!

If it’s a priority, don’t waste time asking yourself how you feel about doing it. Feelings are an easy out.

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There. I did it. I wrote this article. And now, I don’t even want to play Sudoku! How about that?


 

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Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 11,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com.

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This woman is wise beyond her years and her messages really speak to me.  Let me know what you think….now, please!  😉