How can you get more done during your day?
What’s the best way to beat procrastination?
How do you find time for the things that are truly important?
My favorite answer for getting off your butt and moving forward is Nike’s famous tagline: Just do it!
Nike, Inc. has been using “Just Do It” to sell athletic shoes, workout gear, and sporting equipment since 1988. The no-excuses trademark appeals to those of us who are determined to quit dragging our feet about all our life’s goals.
Do you come up with a bunch of excuses when you don’t want to do something?
“I know I should write that report, but I need to get another cup of coffee first.”
“I wish I could lose weight, but I just don’t have the time to exercise.”
“I know I should plan my spending budget for this month, but math is so boring.”
Whenever one of my friends or clients starts to list off a million reasons why they can’t do something, I like to channel Nike and tell them to just do it. More often than not, they get mad at me and tell me I just don’t understand their very unique situation.
But that’s why people hire life coaches, right?
It’s my job to get in people’s faces and give it to them straight. It says “Excuse Killer” on my business cards, so I better live up to that title.
So how do we “just do it” and be productive when our minds are begging us to sit on the couch and watch a Game of Thrones marathon?
When you find yourself drowning in excuses, remember that they are just that—excuses! They are not based on reality.
Let’s say you need to finish a work project, but it’s stressing you out. Your excuse might be to go talk to one of your coworkers or check Facebook to calm yourself.
But distracting yourself will NOT decrease your stress. That work project will still be there when you’re done goofing off.
Instead, take a deep breath and get started. Start with the tiniest step (such as opening the Excel document) and then move on to the next tiniest step (typing the title).
Just do it!
You will feel loads better by “eating that frog” and doing that thing you don’t want to do. Save your rewards for the time after you finish and you’ll appreciate them much more. Besides, how can you enjoy anything when there’s something you dread weighing on you?
Our egos like to hold us back and make it seem like we can’t be successful. Don’t listen!
When you just do it, you’ll realize that you’re stronger, more productive, and resilient than you thought.
How do you make yourself just do it?
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