The top of the year is usually when a lot of us are out here making resolutions that we probably won't keep. I'm not being pessimistic; plenty of surveys say that 80 percent of us will break our New Year's resolutions within the first month of making them.
And you know what? That's a perfect way to intro this article. I say that because if you've got a pattern of making resolutions, only to then turn around and break them, to me, that's one example of how you're making your life unnecessarily complicated.
Time is precious, so why go through all of the mental acrobats and emotional upheaval of trying to come up with things that will end up giving you more reasons to feel overwhelmed? Instead, how about being intentional about doing less of the little things that ultimately end up stressing you out — whether you initially realize that they are or not.
Here are 10 things that immediately come to (my) mind:
Procrastination is out here ruining lives. It really is. It makes people fail tests because they waited until the last minute to prepare. It keeps individuals from getting the jobs that they want because they keep saying they'll turn their résumé in…tomorrow. It's even causing drama in friendships because it causes folks to wait 10 minutes before a movie starts to actually leave the house and make a 30-minute drive to the theatre (over and over and over) again.
I don't quote Dr. Phil often, but there are a couple of times when he's said something that is super on-point. When it comes to procrastination, as it relates to tardiness, he says that it's a form of arrogance because what you're ultimately saying is you don't respect other people's time and you believe they should wait on you.
Procrastination is also a liar. It tells you that you've got more time than you actually do. Listening to liars most certainly will make your life unnecessarily complicated.
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