The right time is something that lots of people waste many precious moments waiting for.
“When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.” ~ Author Unknown
But if you think about it, what does ‘the right time’ actually mean? Well, here’s something you can try when you find yourself waiting for it, rather than:
- Starting a project or task, or
- Stopping a habit that you want to break, or
- Embarking on an exercise regimen.
As soon as you notice that you’re waiting, ask yourself, “What am I waiting for?”
What are the circumstances that will make another moment the right time but disqualify this one? What do you think needs to happen to make your next step doable, if it isn’t doable now?
“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind -jump in.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
Not the Right Time? Maybe You Just Need Right-Sized Steps!
And yes, first steps are often the most difficult. That’s why I encourage you to ‘chunk’ your tasks into the smallest steps possible. It is much better to have 10 small steps that 3 big ones.
Well, for starters, the smaller the step the more likely you are to… start! When your first step is doable, any time is the ‘right time.’
Another way that chunking things down into small steps helps you get more done is this: You can use smaller time increments to do what you need to do. That means that you are often able to use the small ‘scraps’ of time between larger tasks to tick items off your to-do list.
The smaller the step, the more likely you are to take it – it’s as simple as that. So if your Inner Procrastinator is telling you that the time isn’t ‘right’ you can always counter that voice by creating some smaller, more doable steps for yourself.
So, if procrastination is something that frequently holds you back, you’re certainly not alone. Millions of people struggle with this energy draining time thief. Procrastination’s costs include lost productivity, lost income, lost opportunities, frazzled nerves and damaged relationships. Try some right-sized steps to get yourself moving again, today!