One big problem I have is making excuses. I hear people give tips about how to quit, but never listen, and then say I have no time or I am tired, and because of that, I find that I don’t end up doing the things that I want to do. It needs to stop because it isn’t the way that anyone should live. I feel that I am happy, most of the time, but then I feel like I could be doing so much more. I could be spending more of my time doing things, rather than thinking of why I cannot do them today.
So I thought I would share with you my tips to get past the excuses and to start moving forward.
- Stop saying you will do it tomorrow.
Why are you saying that? Is it because you are genuinely busy, or do you just feel that tomorrow is a new day, so just do it then? For me, I never start something new tomorrow. Tomorrow, I will just say that I will do it tomorrow, and it becomes a cycle. I haven decided that the cycle needs to be broken, so you should too!
- Set aside time to do what you want to do.
Whether it is starting an exercise routine, studying, writing, or whatever you keep making excuses for, just set aside some time in you day to do it. If you can find even just 20 or 30 minutes to do what it is you want to do, you will start forming a habit, and it will become easier over time. I often say I don’t have the time to do the things I want to do, like writing or learning something new, yet I find the time to watch a few episodes on Netflix each night. So why not give up half of that time for doing what I say I don’t have time for, and then still having some time to watch the newest episode of my favourite TV shows.
- Stick to it.
Once you have established some time in your schedule for what it is you want to do, stick to it every day. By making it a part of your daily routine, it will start to feel more natural and you will find that you need it in your life. By sticking to it, giving up that extra episode a night on Netflix won’t feel like a sacrifice, instead it will give you more freedom to do what you want to do.
These steps may seem fairly simple, but in my opinion, making change can be easy if we do not overthink it. I need to make a change, so I will start now. I hope these tips can encourage others to do the same.