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.