When I graduated from college, I thought I was finally done with pulling all-nighters . . . Then Friday night happened . . .
I’m still trying to catch up on some zzzz’s after that little stint.
I’m getting too old for this…
Ok, so I’m still in my twenties, but ya girl can barely stay up past ten most nights! This kind of behavior is just not efficient—it wasn’t efficient in college—and my body is screaming for me to let her rest.
In November, I challenged myself for 30 days to stop procrastinating. Did I accomplish that? For the most part, but those last two weeks, I relapsed, and I relapsed HARD! That all-nighter I pulled on Friday– I had two weeks to do it. TWO FULL WEEKS! I didn’t touch it. And the bags under my eyes are punishment for that.
But there were some things I successfully stopped procrastinating on in November. I made my bed every day, which is something I never do, just ask my mom. I managed to keep my bedroom half-way decent. I went on a serious cleaning binge, I even scrubbed the floors– although, I forgot to dust. I developed a work plan on the job to stay productive (some days were still more productive than others). My “to-do” lists made life so much easier for me, and I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: PRAYER WORKS!
If you remember my post about my long “to-do” lists, I’d mentioned that one thing I really wanted do to was write and submit an article to my church’s monthly magazine. Well, I finally did that, and it will be published just in time for the January issue. In the article, I looked back on all my troubles of 2017; what went terribly wrong, in what areas was I successful, and how I can use that going into the new year. After Friday’s all-nighter, I had to reevaluate what I was doing. This morning I reread that article, because somewhere, in the two or so weeks since I’d written it, I had forgotten what was important.
That is going to be my new 30-day challenge for December: remembering what is important.
I know, it sounds very generic. What is important? How exactly do I plan to accomplish this? Well, you can call this #NoMoreProcrastinating 2.0 or #LearingToPrioritize. Simply put, I’m looking back at all the things that worked in November, and even the months before—my praying, “to-do” lists, going to bed on time, not taking on more than I can handle, understanding that it’s ok to say, “No, I can’t do that. At least not right now,” planning ahead on assignments, writing goals, etc., putting my mental, spiritual, and physical health first.—and building off that this month so that I can enter 2018 ready to conquer, and hopefully well-rested. 😉
Even though I started December, in layman’s terms, ass backwards, I’m feeling confident that I can turn this ship around before the year is up. Day one didn’t start the way I wanted it to, but thankfully, December has 31 days, which means I can still accomplish my 30-day challenge!
If you’re interested joining Marquessa’s 30-day challenge to develop new life habits, check out the details here. This post was also written for Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This month’s question is: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?