I had big plans before the New Year. I created a “20 in 2020” list, put together a brief Winter Snowbird Action Plan, started my new tracking lists (new things, books read, daily gratitude), and printed out my Release Workbook. I was ready to tackle our second snowbird season and really work on my Release self-development. And then we started The Move.
Our life plan shifted significantly this past fall. Instead of thinking about moving to Florida full-time “someday”, we found our perfect house in October. Someday came much sooner than expected. I’m taking the move in small steps with the first steps being: renovate what we need to renovate, get the garage built (for hubby’s toys), move over from our current Florida Beach Cottage, and sell that cottage. We started the move from the cottage the day after we came down for our second snowbird season, while the garage is under construction.
On the positive side, we woke up on New Year’s Day in our new home. We watched the sunrise over the water (inter-coastal bay) – New Year, new decade, new home. That felt amazing.
On the not so positive side, the house to-do list expanded exponentially as we moved over. While the list has only 35 items on it (of course I have a list!), some of the to-dos took days to accomplish. Many were physically demanding. I’ve lost track of the number of Home Depot runs, subcontractors engaged, and Amazon orders made.
Even when I took some needed downtime to allow for the body to recover, I’ve not looked at my Release Workbook at all. I was adamant to myself that I would do it this snowbird season! Winter, even in Florida, has cooler temps and is great for hunkering down for this type of work. Why have I not done what I intended to? Is it procrastination? Why can I not get started on it?
I need to reenergize myself.
I reviewed my “20 for 2020” and am happy to note I’ve done a few things on that list, even if I’ve not looked at the Release Workbook. I am doing Daily Gratitude as part of my morning journaling and finding it very up-lifting. Surprisingly, given the physical exhaustion I’ve often had the past 3 weeks, I’ve watched a number of sunrises. (My 20 for 2020 called out sunsets, but I’m thinking sunrises work too!) I did a Feng Shui review of our new home and am planning a few design décor mitigations. And I went to a jewelry-making event at a local wine shop, by myself. It was a bit of an artist date and a bit of wanting to boost my creativity. I made a pair of earrings with orange beads – the color I wanted to bring into my life more! OK, not as bad as I expected, given the time consuming move-in to-do lists.
So, as January comes to a close, I am committing to myself: As I shift from moving-mode to living-mode, I WILL pull out my Release Workbook and do the work. I will no longer procrastinate. I am putting it out here for accountability!
How do you stop procrastinating?
Picture Credit: Me – One of those sunrises over our new water view.