Cure for Procrastination
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – Lacy is our marvelous middle child. She is incredibly creative. There have been times however, that her creativity got in the way of her productivity.
When she was younger her free spirit was constantly wanting to “free” things in her room, like socks, jackets, socks, shoes, and socks. Did I mention socks? She would “free them” wherever she was at the moment. Often while in the middle of song. As she got older, we begin to try and reel in that energy and help her focus. We have worked on several different game plans to help her dial in on the best one for her.
Like many of us, she seems to prefer gentle encouragement. I honestly think much of the time she doesn’t see those little lonely socks laying around on the floor dying of boredom and neglect. But like many of us, when she does, she tends to think “I’ll get to them in a minute”.
Sometimes there are good legitimate reasons for the “socks” in our life being on the floor. Maybe we were in a big hurry to help someone who needed us. Maybe we were distracted on doing something really important.
However, if our life now looks like it is carpeted in socks, Rick Warren says we probably need to do a couple of things.
Stop the excuses — I am pretty sure the socks in my life did not jump off my feet and fall to the floor. They got there with some help. Moi?
Start today — Those socks will not get back in the sock drawer without some help. You know how you eat an elephant?…One bite at a time.
Establish a planned schedule — Rick says “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” You need to set aside some time periodically for the socks.
Face your fears — Once you have time set aside, stick with it. A friend of mine does the hardest thing of the day first thing. He says that makes the rest of the day a piece of cake.
Focus on what you gain, not the pain — Think about how the floor in your life will look sock-less. Think about some of the long-lost socks in your life you might be reunited with, too.
And once you see that floor sock-free, be sure to pat yourself on the back and say well done. You never know who is going to be watching and be inspired by your ability to manage and overcome your battle with socks. One day you will be talking with someone. They will embarrassingly admit to a struggle they have with socks, adding that you obviously can’t relate. You will be able to smile and reply, “let me tell you a story”….
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 )