Confessions of a Procrastinator

thebanksblog May 25, 2020

Confessions of a Procrastinator:

My name is Nichole Banks and I have a problem. Okay it starts off as only one problem and then it snowballs into more problems.
I’m a people pleaser. I can’t say no. I admit I have a severe case of FOMO (Fear of Missing OUT). I also love the excitement of someone smiling because I said yes or that I can see they are so pleased and that brings me joy.
I overdue it. I overbook myself. I double book myself. I run so hard and fast that I miss the details. I say yes. I say yes to too many things. I think I can do it all and all by myself, if I can think yes then I say yes. I say yes to some things I don’t even like. I say yes to things I wouldn’t ever do again but because it's for a great cause or for someone dear to me I say yes.
Here is the problem of procrastination: the intent is good and you are excited about it ( no matter what it is) to come to forwishen but the planning part seems a little off. We say we will do it tomorrow. As yes Tomorrow, A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.
For example at the time I had said yes to starting and launching my podcast! I recorded the trailer and one episode but I also at that time started training for a triathlon. Who knew that training for a triathlon took so much time, omg and made me hungry and exhausted. I was so tired I couldn't even do anything else I had committed myself too. ( I know there are friends of mine I’m sure I still owe an apology to, so for whomever I missed I’m sorry I said yes when I really meant was, I sure would love to but I’m not able to commit at the time). I was starving all the time and so I ate. I didn’t have the time or the energy to even properly fuel my body while training, though I keep the workouts going I also kept the extra 40 pounds on as well because I wasn't following the food portion of the training, which I procrastinate on reading up on it and all details about the food prepping.

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I joke with friends how I would google how to train for a triathlon in 3 months, then 3 months would go by and then I googled how to train for 2 months and 2 weeks and even on the day of the event before I left the house to head up to where the Triathlon was being held at I googled how to train for a triathlon in one day… Google said, Don’t leave the house fool! I wasn’t near as ready as I could have been or should have been but I went and I did it! I crossed the Finish line in August.
I aired one episode of my podcast back in May and relaunched in October and still fly right under the deadline for the editor. You can Check out My Accountability Partner Podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify and listen anytime and anywhere you want!
I found myself in my office one day with deadlines looming and unanswered emails and voicemails. I just got sick, my head started to hurt, my eyes were going blurry, as I went for my glass of water my hand was trembling. I thought I was good at multitasking but really what I was doing was screwing several things up at once.

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I was overwhelmed. I procrastinate because I’m stressed and I’m stressed because I procrastinate.
Enough is Enough!
Since January I’ve been saying, no… No to new projects or proposals until what I have on my plate is gone. It’s never felt so good.
Things YOU should know:
Use a planner ( one and only one, I had 4 at once. ) & stick with what's on it until it's completed. IF you didn’t finish it in one day then you move it till the next day and get it done! If it's a longer project like writing a book then complete your blocked out schedule time to work on it everyday and complete it! You will be so happy you did!
Plan time for YOU first, yes you must workout in some form or another, if you dance then dance or if you run then run and know you will never feel like it, no one ever feels like it, #truth! But you will be glad you did, you see it will give you the energy to get everything else on your planner!
Say, NO to anything new until you’ve completed #1. ( fomo will set in, but happy hour’s will always be there, promise!) Your friends will respect you sticking with what you set out to, it will be new for them as it’s also new for you! But your next Happy Hour could really be a big celebration!
Break down the project, meaning put in the details and or even better know what the project all entails. Example, say you're going on a hike, and you’ve planned for it, but you didn’t plan for the extra 60 minutes drive there and the 60 minute drive back. Once you have this very important detail you can plan accordingly.
Schedule balance, meaning go have some fun after all your things you’ve scheduled for the day are completed. Yes #Balance is a great thing. My fiance’ sure enjoy’s me happy and well balanced rather than the gal running around like she's part hurricane and tornado!
Don’t settle! You know what you're capable of and when you don’t do it the way you planned or envisioned then you're settling because you worked on a time crush and it will drive you crazy. Plan your work and work your plan!
Let profection go, I know after what I just said in #5 but we can beat ourselves up to much over the smallest of details. Perfectionism can deter us from completion as well so please be kind to yourself. You know it's good now let the world see it too!
I’m proud to let you know that this blog post was written in one setting! My planner said to create a blog post! From idea to completion! Done - Checked off my list! Look out world Nichole Banks is on the Getting Sh*t Done train… All Aboard!
Holding people Accountable is love. When I’m holding you accountable I’m saying, “your capable of a bigger game!” Nichole Banks is the Host of My Accountability Partner Podcast Join her weekly show on Apple Podcast and Spotify

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