Do It Now

I've mentioned over on Instagram my devoutness to Gretchen Rubin's podcast Happier. If you aren't familiar with Happier, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth Craft's weekly podcast offers hacks and little bits of advice on how to form good habits to increase your happiness. It's manageable, thought-provoking and I love it. One tid-bit of advice I've garnered from listening is one of Gretchen's Twelve Commandments. It is the commandment to Do It Now. 

We all have tasks we dread. For me it's things like making phone calls or scheduling appointments, laundry, and deciding what to prepare for dinner. Gretchen's advice is that "No delay is the best way." Sometimes, by putting off tasks that need to be done, we make ourselves feel worse. The feelings of dread for those looming tasks are made stronger than we would have felt just getting the task accomplished in the first place. Isn't that so true?! Whenever a to-do pops in my head that I'm not looking forward to, instead of pushing it away, I think to myself, "do it now". Implementing this simple advice has made a dramatic difference in my productivity. Even in small areas. Sometimes I procrastinate little tasks like inputting dates into my phone calendar or watering my plants. I don't dread them but they aren't a high priority. Reminding myself to Do It Now, helps me remember that regardless if I want to do something or not, eventually it will need to be done. Why not now? Do you procrastinate certain tasks too? Here's an article I have found super helpful.

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    1. Hi Kelly! The planner is from Appointed and can be found at appntd.com It's so simple + beautiful. One of my favorite Christmas gifts. xoxo

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  2. I'm so so glad to have you back! Yeah!! Thanks for your great tips and advice.

    Can I put in requests for blog posts?? (Smile and a Wink!)

    I would love to see a blog post or two on some spaces in your home.
    I love your design/decor taste, esp. since you balance it well with your kids.
    For example your main family room bookshelf that is already filled. Or some kid rooms, or your kitchen.

    What are your thoughts on Personal Progress, Duty to God, Primary Goals?
    I believe in them, but my kids do not, surprise!!! How much do you push your kids to do them?
    I know some kids just naturally do them. YW esp. earning Honor Bee after Honor Bee!

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    I also love your music taste, whenever you can, can you recommend a good song or cd, I love it.
    Either on instagram or your blog!

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    1. Aww thanks, Katie! And thank you for the post ideas! My wheels are spinning...

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  3. Thanks for this Danyelle. I struggle greatly with putting things off because I don't want to/like to do them, but the longer I put them off the greater the anxiety over the issue becomes! I was going to respond to this post 'later', but thought I should just do it now, rather than regret not having done it. I'm off to check out the link to the Happier podcast as well. Happy new year!

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    1. You are not alone, Marian. I have those very same inner struggles. You will really enjoy Happier. Keep your eyes open for the episodes that mention the "power hour" and the "one minute rule". Those concepts have been equally helpful in my productivity. xoxo

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  4. This is so what I needed today! Thank you! Your list...is my exact list! I'm looking the podcast up as well. So grateful to mothers who are willing to 1-take a moment to let us in on a tip that works for them. 2- be inspiring to those of us who are starting from scratch on the whole, "how to parent deliberately". (And A close 3 or maybe this should be 1��....cutest little baby girl and kids, to make me smile when I scroll through my feed.)

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    1. Yay! You're welcome Valerie! I love sharing things that have made such a positive impact in my life. I hope you love Happier as much as I do! xoxo

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  5. So happy to have you back. I've been reading your posts for years and your absence was definitely felt. It just feels like an old friend moved back to town with you posting again. :) Speaking of tasks I'm putting off, my desk has been taunting me for way too long and I have a large project that I've been procrastinating. I'm off to do it now!

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    1. Oh Christina, that's so nice of you to say! Thank you! I hope you're desk project is wrapped up in no time. xoxo

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  6. I read a book that referred to it as "Eating the Frog." With the idea that if you do the worst thing you have to do all day first (eat a frog), then everything else will be easier. I have taught it to my 6 year old who thinks it is hilarious.

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    1. Ashley, I'm with your 6 year old. That is HILARIOUS! But so effective too. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Such a great reminder! I have enjoyed listening to this podcast in the past but I need to pick it up again. So happy to see you blogging!

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    1. I'm so happy to be back at it, Kelsey! And equally happy that you're reading along. xoxo

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  8. Your post reminds me of the 'eat the frog' advice that was floating around years ago. Do the things that we don't like or want to the first thing in the morning, and then the rest of the day seems to sail by in a breeze.

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    1. That's the idea! Do It Now and then you'll feel so accomplished!

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  9. Love their podcast. It is a regular on my walks. My favorite piece of advice from them has been, "go slow to go fast". Such a simplistic phrase, but it makes such a huge difference in daily life when always rushing to get through it all while actually creating more work for ourselves. :)

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