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    Be Your Own You Inspiration — Inspiration

    "I'll Do it Later"

    "I'll Do it Later"

    In the last 14 days, honestly, how many of you put off something that needed to be done?  Who tends to wait until the last minute to handle obligations that you are not too fond of, or does not hold much of your interest?

    Don’t feel bad - everybody procrastinates sometimes, but it can become s habit to chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. But these distractions are increasingly available to us, from our cell phones, to TV, to social activities.

    People typically don’t like to do things that are unpleasant, and we would MUCH rather do things that are fun. Am I right?

    The bright side?

    It is definitely possible to overcome procrastination with effort. Procrastinators may say they perform better under pressure. Is that you? What do you think of this theory?

    Understand that each time we procrastinate, we strengthen that conditioning. In other words, the more we avoid, the more we want to avoid.

    So how do you break the cycle?

    Here are three suggestions:

    1. Prioritize (break it up a bit)

    Break up the task into smaller, more manageable parts. The idea is that the smaller tasks is less overwhelming and more manageable.  It is less punishing, so we are less likely to avoid it.

    For bigger projects, complete them in multiple sessions over several days, weeks or even months. For smaller projects or a project that needs to be done in one day, take meaningful breaks. This way you never demand too much of yourself.

    1. Find meaning in the task

    If you attach meaning or significance to an unpleasant task, it becomes much less punishing.

    1. Reward yourself!

    Whether it’s treating yourself to something special or just doing a happy dance, this step is key. By doing this, you will feel less accomplished, excited for yourself, and excited to move on to the next part of your task.

    So I have a challenge for all the readers. Comment below with something in the last 2 weeks that you procrastinated with. Do not be shy, this is “No-Judgement” zone. We want you to let us know what you procrastinated on, and explain the experience. Did you wind up getting it done on time, was it done correctly? Was it stressful? And what was the outcome? What will you do differently next time?

    Let me know if this blog post sparked some motivation or ideas to break the “I’ll do it later” cycle. Let’s help each other to break habits and be better everyday!  

    Turning Your Dreams into Reality

    Turning Your Dreams into Reality

    When was the last time you did something for the first time?  How about the last time you 
    participated in an activity that not only broadened your perspective, but also gave you a boost of motivation?

    So often we get caught up in work, school and other obligations that we fail to shine light on our more creative, social side.  We tend to put our dreams on the back-burner, allowing them to get so far buried that it is hard to dig back up.  Parents, especially, get overwhelmed in the day-to-day routine in attempt to keep the home balanced that they abandon their avocations.

    We, here at Be Your Own You challenge you to get out a sheet a paper immediately after you read this blog and simply make a list of all the things that you want to do, places you would like to go and adventures that you have not yet had the chance to experience.  After you pinpoint these activities, lets begin to brainstorm what steps would need to be taken in order to move forward in making these dreams A REALITY. 

    Lets begin visualizing our dreams. It is time to create a Vision Board!

    This can be a family event that not only can be viewed as leisure within itself, it will also 
    provide each and every person participating a better view on their future endeavors and how to attain them. Mom and Dad, you can do it right along with your children. Teaching kids how to set goals and getting them to learn the importance of goal-setting can be a very beneficial tool to help them throughout life. 

    Creating Vision Boards - turning goal-setting into a fun, visual activity!

    There are many perks from incorporating leisure time into your day - to - day routine.  Leisure gives you an opportunity to examine personal values and to focus on what is important to you. 

    Leisure is a relief from stress and boredom. It can help promote not only better emotional health but physical health as well.

    What are the top 3 things on your list?
    Please comment below with your goals and aspirations!  What is the FIRST three things you will be including onto your Vision Board?