For Those Who Are Hurting…

You are who are pretending to be okay when you are hurting inside and barely holding on to the little you have, I see your struggle.

You who are continuing to pour out to others even though your heart longs to be poured into, I hear your cries.

You who are showing up despite wanting to quit, I honor your sacrifice.

I see you. I hear you. I honor you.

And I give you permission to break. To cry out and let others know you aren’t okay. To stop being so strong and tell someone that you feel shattered. To give up the facade of having it all together and let folks know that you are barely breathing each morning because catching your breath is an unattainable action right now.

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Poetry: A Thousand Ways to Skip (After Amanda Baker)

I was reading Amanda’ Baker’s post on IG and immediately some thoughts flowed into my mind, so I jotted them down and sent them to her. This is another “after”, meaning that the poem came after reading someone else’s and is directly inspired by a line(s) in their poem.

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Poetry: Standing On My Tippy Toes – Reading

Today I decided to finally start sharing my own poetry through readings, something I have shied away from. Here’s my first one. My favorite from When I Stopped Remembering Tomorrow (2020).

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Wrap Up: Where To Go From Here

Throughout the challenge, I’ve shared a lot of information about procrastination and being proactive. I did my best to break this complex habit down into bite-sized pieces so you could better understand what triggers procrastination. By reviewing typical examples, my goal was for you to recognize similarities in your behavior to help you get a handle on procrastination and develop a positive and proactive lifestyle.

Since there’s so much information out there it may feel like you need days to absorb it all before taking action. That’s a typical response since most people want to know what they are jumping into before taking a big leap. We talked about how analysis paralysis is a function of procrastination, so it makes sense that you could find yourself waiting for the right circumstances to stop bad habits and start new ones.

I’d like to encourage you to start today. You made it to Day 30 of the 30-Day Challenge! While there’s never a perfect time to start doing something new, today is as perfect as it will get. The circumstances may not be what you wanted them to be, but you can begin and figure things out along the way.  

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Resources to Help You Stop Procrastinating

We are getting close to the end of our challenge! So far, I’ve shared a lot of resources designed to help you stop procrastinating and start living a proactive life. I can tell from talking with a few of you and some friends who have joined me on this journey that we are all doing our best to stop this habit and divorce procrastination for good.

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Procrastination to Progress Challenge: Weekly Check In #4

It’s Day 28 of our October Procrastination to Progress Challenge. How are you doing?

Today is a real easy post. You’ve been doing the hard work this week so today is catch up day. If you missed any of the work from the previous 6 days, jump in and do them today. Breathe a little, relax, and enjoy your progress so far!

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 
~Maya Angelou

Quote over a picture of a butterfly with a drop of water on a flower
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How Journaling Empowers You In Living a Proactive Life

This one is my favorite one. Of all the practical things you can do, journaling is the top one if you have any creative bone in your body. It can help you reduce or eliminate procrastination and develop a more proactive lifestyle. The very act of journaling can promote reduced stress, increase recordkeeping, goal planning and achievement, and

Journaling helps procrastinators better understand what’s keeping you from taking action and helps keep you on track moving forward. It’s easy to use journaling for a productive lifestyle.

a picture of notebooks and a keyboard.
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Use Pictures & Video to Record Your Progress

I’m going to be short today because I realize that writing blogs ahead of time and batching them when writing daily is a better way to go. BUT I am writing daily and posting daily as part of my own procrastination to progress challenge and tonight I am just beat after a LONG day of meetings. Being an introvert, I feel like someone sapped me so even sitting here pretending to talk to others by blogging is a LOT.

As I thought about what I could write about quickly, since I’m not loving what the team I had hired picked out for all of the topics in this challenge, I realized that a really big miss was not yet covering the importance of tracking your progress tangibly. So let’s talk about that tonight.

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Be a Positive Role Model

I have some strong motivation for you to break the procrastination habit: The people who love you most and rely on you need your good example. From your kids, to your spouse, to your co-workers, everyone benefits from knowing someone who has it together and can model a healthy proactive lifestyle. Think of how much you’ve looked up to friends and colleagues who have it altogether. That can be you soon!

It is incredibly motivating when you sense your proactive lifestyle is making someone else’s life better as well as showing them the same path. Here’s some ways your changes will make have an affect on them.

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Establish a Strong Support System

Establishing a strong support system is one of the most important actions you will take during this challenge because it is one that will enrich your life in all areas, not just with stopping procrastination. Having the right people in your corner will ensure you have folks to share your goals and celebrate successes with. Community is necessary to succeed in living a proactive and truly fulfilling life.

Community over Solitude
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