Do you have a "someday" list? You know the ongoing list that's in you head that you tell yourself, "I'll get to it someday." However that someday is just another way for you to procrastinate from doing what you need to do.
I was listening to Darren Rowse the creator of Problogger Podcast and he was talking about how we all have this someday list which is a list of things that we tell ourselves we'll get to one day.
Let’s be honest, we’re friends right. When you tell yourself you’ll get to it one day, you don’t really have a plan in place to do it. It’s just something that you tell yourself to help you feel good in the moment.
It's like we have this running mental to-do list that we "think" we'll get to but never set intention on really getting it done. It’s time to get your someday list out of your head and switched to your "do it now" list.
You’ve been putting stuff off for way too long. You’ve made excuses to yourself. You’ve wasted a lot of time that you can never can get back. You’ve procrastinated enough.
Here are a few things on my someday list…
- Update all images on my site to pinnable images (talk about time consuming)
- Start back running again ( I fell way off #dontjudgeme)
- Create a signature freebie for my audience
- Create a application on my site for the Chasing Free Feature
- Create a start here tab on my website ( this has been on my list for awhile now)
I honestly have every intention on getting these things done, but I’ve had other things on my list that are priority.
What’s on your someday list?
Have you been telling yourself one day you’re going to finally go back to school and get your degree?
Initially, you said you needed to wait until your son started school because daycare expenses were super expensive. Once your son started school then life seemed so busy from work, after school activities, now you have homework to check, the list goes on and on. You put your degree on hold again. You tell yourself when he gets a little older then you’ll have more time and you’ll go back and get your degree. These are excuses that you kept telling yourself time and time again, because now your son is in high school and you still haven’t got your degree yet.
Time sure does fly, doesn't it.
You’ve been waiting on the “right” time not knowing there’s no such thing as the right time. You just have to start by taking one step at a time
Maybe its not a degree for you, maybe you told yourself, I’m going to lose weight/ I’m going to buy my first home / I’m going to change careers / I’m going to start my business.
Darren challenged the listeners to write down their someday list and start working on it for the month of December.
I thought this was a great idea and I’ve already started on my list. Look, I can’t ask you to do something and I’m not doing it myself.
If you want to see change in your life then you have to change.
I want you to be 100% real with yourself. Why are you procrastinating? What have you been avoiding and why?
As we close out 2015, I don’t want you to procrastinate any longer I want you to make your someday list your “do it now” list. I'm challenging you to get your "someday" list down own paper and I want you to commit to doing things on your list.
And I know what you’re thinking, Siobhan I don’t have time for that. Listen you don’t have time not to. You’re wasting time procrastinating and not getting anything done.
So I’m going to help you get started…
STEP 1: Grab a piece of paper and do a brain dump. A brain dump is simply getting all of your thoughts and ideas out of your head and down on paper. Set a timer for 30 minutes and go to town writing all the things you said you’ll do someday.
STEP 2: Look at your list and think about 2-3 things you want to add to your do it now list. The things you add to your list should make you feel really good to finally get started on.
STEP 3: Write those things/ideas down on paper.
STEP 4: Next, create a 60 day plan. Write down all the steps you need to take in the next two months to get started. Start with the smallest step to the biggest.
Example: You want to go back to school
- Decide on what college you want to attend
- What is the admission process
- Complete the online application
- Decide on the program you want to pursue
- And so forth
STEP 5: Get to work. I think it’s easier to break things down into smaller chunks versus trying to do too much at once. Don’t overwhelm yourself just think about what you want to get done in the next 60 days.
Download the Do It Now Worksheet and fill it out and post it so you can see it daily. I want to see your list! Tag me @befreeproject using #MyDoItNowList on Instagram or Twitter, so I can hold you accountable.
What’s on your “someday” list? What steps will you take today to start a do it now list?