What have you been procrastinating for? For me, at this time, it’s writing my first blog for my new website. It is exciting and also daunting. What should I write? Should I start off sharing my career journey? Should I share how I am dealing with changes and uncertainty? Should I emphasize how I am passionate in supporting my clients to achieve what they want? Should I include my personal learning in raising my children? How should I categorize my future posts? Those are just some of the questions running through my head, for a while. Instead of sitting down and answering those questions, I just put it aside, until months later, the present moment – I know I want to start, not I have to.
Does it sound remotely familiar? We all, probably at different times and different stages, have procrastinated for something that is important to us. Today, I decided to leverage the strategies that have worked for me.
- Start with the Why?
Why consider blogging in the first place? I know I have a lot to share and I enjoy it. I want to share my true self, connect with my audiences in different ways, and offer valuable and useful resources. What could go wrong with it?
- Make the thought public
Although I am still not quite ready, I am going to start off my first post, and let others know I am doing it. Responsibility is one of my top strengths, so once I have made it public, I know I am going to act on it.
- Set a deadline
I am a ‘pressure-prompted creature”, a nice name I learned for people who are last minute and deadline-driven. I know having a deadline will help me get things done, period. Today is the day.
- Accept my perfect imperfection
As a non-native English speaker, I am not confident about my writing. I almost certain will make simple grammar mistakes and my writing is not as fun and fluid as others. But so what? Even my six-year olds know, “Practice makes perfect!”.
- Go together
“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. I am grateful to have partners along this journey, who will share ideas when my head is blowing, give me the courage when I doubt myself, push me through when I am lazy, celebrate the success with me, big or small. Want to be my guest? Please do!
Now, my imperfect but authentic self is here in front of you. If I want to encourage others to take challenges, I should start with myself. I am still the one who has committed to support others to confidently move toward their next goals, whether for work, home, or somewhere in between.
I will write what I learned about coaching and career development, about my personal journey as a coach and as a parent, and include other valuable resources. I thank you for staying with me to watch this transform! I hope you enjoy this journey with me, as the brand name LGU Journey states: a Journey of Learning, Growing and Unifying.
PS: How do you conquer your procrastination?
PPS: I am also writing in Chinese and my WeChat channel is: LGU Journey.