The first week of 2013 was not all I hoped it would be. I absolutely LOVE New Years, fresh starts, goals, resolutions….all of it.
Over a month ago I made a split decision about a wisdom tooth that needed to be pulled. It wasn’t hurting me but it needed to come out and I wanted to schedule the appointment in 2013 for insurance purposes. I am not typically a procrastinator but seriously…is there ever a good day to have a tooth pulled. Exactly! I knew the temptation to put it off would be a force to be reckoned with. I could justify a long list of reasons why I would not have time and that prompted me to spit out the words….”I’ll take the first opening you have after the 1st.” Long story short… the extraction was a bigger deal than I thought and I am VERY glad that it is over with.
So what does a goal-setter, resolution-maker, life-planner like me learn from having a tooth pulled on the first business day of a new year? I learned that I have not mastered procrastination in my life and I must be very intentional so that it does not sneak in the back door.
Every time I think of the dental procedure (which is often due to the PAIN!) I am energized by the fact that it is done. I have no unfinished dental business, nothing hanging over my head that I to try to keep ignoring or justifying. It’s true in my real estate business, the running of my household and every other area of life. I feel a surge of mental energy every time think about a completed task. In fact…the more unpleasant the task….the bigger the charge. Conversely …every time I think of that closet that needs cleaned out, that phone call that needs to be made, the lab work that needs to be done I feel a loss of mental clarity, a sense of feeling tired or foggy headed.
I got off to a rough start last week because there was a work day, then a Holiday, then a tooth pulling day etc. I was bummed because I didn’t get to turn over the proverbial new leaf. I decided that I wanted a do over! So I started my own personal new year on the first Monday of 2013.
Each morning this week I have planned my day by being brutally honest with myself as to which tasks or calls are going to be the most challanging and I do them first, scratch them off the list and enjoy the reward for the rest of the day.
Happy New Year to you all!