There have been times where I have found work to be stressful. When this happens, I make a list of things I need to do and focus on taking action immediately to get started. Being a person of action means you make a point of never wasting any time worrying about having too much to do, because you are busy doing it.
Always keep in mind how you will feel in future when you have pushed yourself to complete all your tasks on time. You will have earned the right to feel good about yourself. You will feel a sense of purpose when you do work that is challenging. Embrace the challenge and let it energize you rather than paralyze you into not taking action. Destroy procrastination by consistently taking action. There is a lot to be said for getting started right away, perhaps because you then have momentum to follow through to the end. Look for ways to get started, like writing notes to yourself or leaving your homework open on your desk.
I had a lot of time off in the summer months and enjoyed having a break with my family. After a little time passed, not having challenging work to do lead me to boredom. I wasn’t being challenged to think and to consistently take action to meet deadlines as I normally am during the school year. It seems like it would be fun to do nothing, but in my experience this summer that is certainly not the case. People often dream about retirement, but in my opinion, they should be careful what they wish for.
We all need to fill our time with meaningful work. In Neil Pasricha’s book “The Happiness Equation” he talks about people in Okinawa Japan, many of whom live longer than most other places on Earth. The people of Okinawa have no word for “retirement”, and they all have a purpose that they work toward, regardless of their age. When you find work that you are passionate about, you will do it with more energy than you thought possible. This ties in well with setting goals, so make sure to always have some big goal that you are working toward to keep you focused.
So, the next time you are faced with a long list of things to do, first give thanks, because work gives you purpose. Begin to see the struggle as a positive thing as it strengthens you for the future. When you form the habit of taking action to get things done, it will become automatic. Remember that you only need to do the things on your “must do list” so that you need not worry about getting everything done today. Tackle the things you must do and then feel good about your effort.
Have you found that taking action to do challenging work or to exercise your body has brought you more energy? Are you embracing the struggle and pushing yourself to get things done? Please let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!