It’s been about a month since I shared the new Calm Living website with my friends and family. In that time I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback and support I’ve received. There were tons of people in my address list who did not even know I was a psychologist!
A lot of the comments I’ve heard have been from people who want help….just not right now.
“When the school year starts…”
“Once I’ve had a chance to clean out closets….”
“After my kids go to college….”
What? Why put off having a calmer, more organized life? Look, I get it. People procrastinate. I’m guilty of it too. In fact, I’ve had this blog post in mind for two weeks and am just not sitting down to write it.
Why do people procrastinate?
Whether it’s hiring an organizer, starting a diet, pursuing a new job, going back to school….it can be hard to take that first step. Obviously when it’s something you don’t want to do, it’s easy to find excuses and put it off. But even when it’s something you really want, change is hard. Taking on a new challenge can be anxiety-producing. So putting it off till later (or never) reduces your anxiety. Avoidance works! But only in the short-term. In the long term, whatever you’ve been avoiding is still there, and anxiety is prolonged.
Stop waiting for the perfect time!
How do you decrease the anxiety associated with tasks you’ve been putting off? Jump in and do it. If you waiting until you have the PERFECT time or ENOUGH time, for example an 8-hour chunk of time to clean out your closet, stop waiting. It will never happen. Moms today are too busy. Breaking big tasks into small pieces can help you make the most of those small pockets of free time. You’d be surprised what you can do in 15 minutes! Do one drawer at a time and you’ll be done with your closet in one week!
If you’ve been feeling disorganized, overwhelmed, or stuck, now’s the time to take the plunge! Click here to learn more about how I can help.