The Myth of the Perfect Time
A random thought.
"I need to start working out."
Realizing it's 2 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon, the next thought goes, "I'll start on Monday."
Monday because it's the start of the week and it feels like the right time to start something as important and serious as working out and taking care of my body.
Another random thought on a random day on another random afternoon at home.
"Hmm... I haven't put on a skincare sheet mask for a looooong time. My skin condition hasn't been that great for a while. I'll just do that before bedtime."
Before bedtime because that's the logical time to take care of your skincare needs, especially something as intensive and time-consuming as putting on a sheet mask.
But when Monday rolls around and bedtime comes, I've lost all motivation and energy to do any of these "important and serious" things.
And then it hit me like a brick while I was in the shower one day. Yes, another random thought on a random day at a random time at home.
One of the reasons why I often don't get things done is because I'm always waiting for the right time to start.
But what if the right time is NOW? I can execute a few push ups and sit ups, do some stretches or even a 10-minute HIIT workout right where I am. As I work from home, I can slap on a ceramide sheet mask anytime and still be working!
Of course, your circumstance may not allow you to do certain things right away when you think of it, but you get my point. Don't wait for the perfect time to start doing something that you really want to get done. Want to start tracking your expenses? Start with your next expenditure; you don’t have to wait till the first day of the next month or even the next day. Want to start being more organized? Pick a space and clean out ONE drawer right now. See? Done!
I don't know why, but we seem to have been conditioned that there is a better time to do certain activities. That's why New Year resolutions are so popular - a brand new year seems like the perfect time to start working on serious goals. But do we really need to wait till New Year's Day or the first day of the month or a Monday or the next day to do that thing? Maybe not.
Nothing beats a challenge to get us out of an inertia! Just pick that ONE THING you've always wanted to do and make it a challenge.
1. 30-Day Challenge
2. 100-Day Challenge
Congratulations, Shona! Don’t be too hard on yourself. You just gave birth to 2 beautiful human beings and your body has been through a lot. Not to mention the attention they also need right now. There’s a time and season for everything, and this is the season when you take care of yourself as best as you can while caring for your little bundles of joy. Everything else CAN wait. 😘
Gosh yes. This is so right. Makes me think of the saying, “Why put off until tomorrow, what you can do today”. I’ve just had twins girls so there’s a lot that gets put off until tomorrow, or next week. Haha.
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