Just yesterday we said our happy new year and now, the year has run into half surprisingly.
There are a whole lot of tasks I have been procrastinating on and would reassure myself I still had enough time to do them because “the year is just beginning”. I probably lost track of time because the year is obviously not so new. As hard as the pill is hard to swallow, the year is gradually winding down.
Some people have got some goals checked from their goal list, some others like me have procrastinated with the illusion that the year was just beginning, and there’s also a handful of people who are not ignorant of the speed of time, but simply have no goals set to reach. Whichever one you are from the aforementioned group of people, this article is the nudge you need to create a balance in your life, self-reflect and prioritize the things that are of high importance to you.
If you are in my group of procrastinators, who comfortably play ignorant, there’s no better time to clear the decks and get to work on all the things lined up for you to do.
By now I’m certain you have defined goals for the year. I am convinced you have devised strategies in place to achieve these goals and have set KPIs in place to track your progress. Now, get to work on the first step. Procrastination is associated with a variety of dangers and negative effects, including worse academic performance, worse financial status, increased interpersonal relationship issues, reduced wellbeing, and worse mental and physical health.
The worst part about procrastination is realizing that you’ve aged two, five, or 10 years and nothing has changed. This is a terrible feeling since you can’t turn the clock back; you can only live with the hopeless feeling of regret. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling angry at yourself because you know things could have turned out differently if you had just taken that first step.
If you are in that phase where you have set plans and goals in place and things are slowly pacing causing you to put undue pressure on yourself, you have to relax for a bit and understand that the constant pressure and anxiety you give yourself doesn’t make anything better. it doesn’t make those plans take shape. It just deteriorates your mental health and self-esteem.
Setting goals for yourself can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. Our desires are fueled by goals, and they inspire us to be our best selves. While reaching them can feel priceless, the pressure we put on ourselves to do so can be exhausting.
According to psychiatrist Vinay Saranga, oftentimes one of the first signs someone is being too hard on themselves is when they begin using negative, pessimistic language to describe themselves and their life.
Rather than pressurizing yourself unduly for not accomplishing goals, you might want to be sure you have not set unrealistic goals and expectations for yourself from the get-go. You need to set small achievable goals, and then break them down into smaller action items and try to catch up to them. Evaluate your progress over time. If you have achieved your goal, great! If not, it’s time to reflect, and rework the action items and techniques. Even though you have set SMART goals and things are not falling into place as fast as you want them to, be patient. Good things take time, great things take even longer.
If you are yet to find your bearing this year, it is not too late to critically analyse your life and determine what you want to accomplish. What your dreams are and who, what and where you need to be to achieve these goals. First start by discovering your strengths, and weaknesses and leverage your strengths.
If you are not ignorant of the time speed yet feel lackadaisical about achieving anything worthwhile for yourself, this is the wake-up call to take responsibility for your life.
Taking charge of your life also entails living a life with meaning and purpose. It is having a clear understanding of what you want out of life, making a strategy to get there, and making purposeful decisions that get you closer to your goals. It entails doing the right thing although it may be unpleasant or painful at the time.
Taking control of your life allows you to move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. Rather than just going with the flow of life, you seize the reins and start steering it in your preferred path. If you don’t love yourself enough to take charge of your life, you are never going to live up to your full potential.
In all of these, take time to appreciate every moment of your life that passes. It’s easy to get caught up in the fast lane and forget to stop and appreciate what you already have. A thankful life is a life well-lived.
Gratitude does not have to be reserved for life’s “major” events. The habit of being grateful begins with appreciating everything wonderful in life and realising that nothing is too tiny to be thankful for.
Today, I am grateful for the big and small wins. I am grateful for the gift of self-awareness and self-love.
What are you grateful for so far in 2022?
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