Procrastination, staying stuck and time wasting

Procrastination, staying stuck and time wasting

Does any of this seem familiar to you?

You want to do or achieve something but all what is happening is, that you are wasting time by either working slow, putting tasks on the back burner, getting distracted by other things/tasks or just start a project and then it’s left for eternity? 😉
Well, I for sure have those problems and it’s not doing me any good – not a surprise, right? It’s even to such an extend that I find myself putting stuff on hold that would actually do me good financially. I am obligated to make a tax declaration every year but haven’t done it for 2015, because I actually haven’t been in Germany. I haven’t deregistered in Germany, so the tax office assumes that I have been working and didn’t pay any taxes and thus just ESTIMATED how much I had earned in 2015 and collected almost 3000 € of Taxes for 2015. I hope I can get this money back, if I just declare that I have been abroad for one and a half years, but apparently not even the money is motivating me, to get to write a letter to them. Actually, it’s even the same for the year 2014, the only difference is they have estimated a way lower amount. And it’s not that I have so much money that I wouldn’t mind paying unreasonable taxes.

I think it’s quite telling, that while I have been writing the above paragraph, I have been stopping writing about 5 times to watch videos on youtube about procrastination — although I initially just wanted to search for a video with some nice anti-procrastination meditation music. Kind of ironic, I would say. But okay, I’ll try to finish this blog post and publish it as well today (I started a handful of posts that were left for eternity).

Procrastination has been a part of my life for such a long time and NOW I wanna change that. I have already wanted that before, but guess what, I started/tried to change and then slipped back into old habits. This time, it needs to be done differently (isn’t this what every student is saying, when a new semester/school year begins? 😉 ).

Recently, I have been reading about this – in a very broad sense. The latest boom of webinars also contributed to that. For more productivity, I practiced again some Speed Reading which I tried already twice in my life, the first time more than 15 years ago. And I did some research on hypnosis, also checked out some local offers on those discounted coupons you can get online and I am considering trying this on my next trip back to Berlin. Another thing that I’ve always liked is the concept of affirmations – statements that you simply have to tell to yourself to change your mindset and your way of thinking by being “placed” into your subconcsious thinking. So one affirmation versus procrastinating could be “Do it now”.

Our mindset is constructed by ourselves, our thinking and our expectations define our actions and their outcomes – I’d like to quote Henry Ford on that:
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right”

There is this one example, that I find quite mesmerizing – I read it in Tony Robbins’ book “Awakening the Giant within”, a self-help book on “How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Physical and Emotional Self”. So this fascinating case is that from 1945 to 1954 the world record for running one mile was 04:01.4 minutes and it was believed, that it is impossible to crack the “4 minute mark”. Yet in 1954 Roger Bannister made it happen, 3:59.4 – less than four minutes.
The mindset was restricted by a LIMITING BELIEF, namely “It is impossible” to crack the four minute mark”. When Bannister did actually prove that it is possible, one year later another 37 runners took less than four minutes — at least this is stated in Robbins’ book. However, on Wikipedia – such a reliable source 😉 – there is the list of the registered world records https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile_run_world_record_progression#IAAF_era ) and I reckon it’s noteworthy nothing happened between 1945 and 1954, but after Bannister broke the 4-minute mark, the record was beat continually.

There is a German saying that is also describing this quite good:

“Alle sagten, das geht nicht. Dann kam einer, der wusste das nicht und tat es einfach.”

“Everybody said, it’s not possible. Then someone came who didn’t know that, and he just did it.”

I remember I didn’t really understand this, when I heard this the first time as a child. But I really like this saying, I think I even prefer this over Henry Ford’s quote, as this one is more ironic. At least I feel it’s mocking people a little bit 😀

I realize my concentration is coming to an end, and as I fear I could be tempted to press pause on writing the blog post and will never publish it then, I will come to an end now XD

I just wanna leave some positive affirmations for myself and for you.

Affirmations against Procrastination

I will take instantly action to achieve my goals

I am worthy

Do it now

I deserve to get what I want

Move constantly forward

I complete tasks

I am actively designing my future

It’s time for a creative break – my first DIY project for my blog — YAYY!

diy notepad refurbish get creativeWelcome to my first DIY tutorial!

It is a quite easy DIY, does not take a long time and the outcome makes your life a little bit more beautiful 😉 Check here for my post on the beautiful things in life.
I consider my new notepad as a luxury item. Why? The notepad was totally serving its purpose. You could take it, write notes in it, rip out a page, etc. But was it pleasing to look at it? Naaaah!! Well, at least not for me. Was it reflecting my personality? For sure not!
Now – it’s flattering my eye.

I got to this project by a coincidence. It was one of the nice sunny early spring days, where many people decide to clean their cars. Therefore we shouldn’t have been surprised by the crowd that we encountered at the self-service car wash. While we were cleaning up the interior of the car, my boyfriend found a notepad and asked me if I wanted to have it, otherwise, he would throw it away. As I don’t like unnecessary trash too much, I had to have it, of course… In addition, it had quite a nice size for shopping lists.

DIY: How to upcycle an ugly giveaway notepad

Preparation

  1. prepare to get creative
  2. grab a once snatched free notepad
  3. chose a nice cover for your new stylish future notepad **
  4. grab some scissors and/or cutting knife
  5. get your glue

** this can be anything (see point 1, get creative) a page from a magazine, a printed photograph with your bestie/mom/dog/cat/love/favourite dish, an old postcard from the flea market, a new postcard (cuz why should we always go vintage, right?), a piece of cloth, …

The fun part of your DIY, dive into the creative break

  1. carefully take out the notepad’s front page
  2. make a stencil from the front page on something like an old newspaper
  3. chose and mark the section for your cover
  4. cut out your new cover
  5. glue your cover on the old cover
  6. press it between books and leave it to dry
  7. perforate the holes with something sharp
  8. take a pencil to get the punched holes free
  9. use scissors to finish off the punched holes
  10. insert your new cover to your notepad

→  If you feel like going pro, you may as well refurbish the back cover [ I actually just flipped it ]. For extra clean edges and precise holes, use a cutting knife. Place the pencil from the front to the inner side of the cover and cut off the excess while cutting against the pencil, watch out for your fingers!

 

I hope you got a nice inspiration and I am glad to see your outcomes!

The beautiful things in life? What is that?

the beautiful things in life, singing butterfly vanessa metzger

The beautiful things in life, somehow this reminds me of something. Well, as an attentive reader you will have already noticed, the post is referring to my blog’s subtitle. As a matter of fact, the meaning of „the beautiful things in life“ is very broad, indefinite and can be everything and nothing, so I feel obliged to give a brief introduction of what I mean with being beautiful.

For me personally, I enjoy the little details of life. I can fall in love with a tiny detail, that is not noticed by anyone else around. Maybe they are not noticing it because they are not appreciating. I am!

This can be a bumble bee drinking from a drop, after a summer rain. The warm kiss of the sun,  when you are sitting on your balcony and just feel at ease with yourself,  an interesting talk that you had with a stranger, sitting in an airplane and the one next to you is reading the same kind of book – in my case it was Tony Robbin’s „Awaken the Giant within„.

One of my favourite encounters of the beautiful things:

I was walking at the harbour in Queenstown, New Zealand, the sun is shining in my face and from the speakers of a restaurant, I hear one of my all time favourite classic song that just HAS to make you feel happy when you hear it: „Don’t stop believing“ from Journey. This music, the title’s message, the sun, all this made me feel uplifted and light. Then, just a couple of footsteps after that song hit my ears, a big guy is crossing my way. Wearing a black T-shirt that says in squiggled letters „Don’t stop believing“.
Bam! Right in my face!
I just love stuff like this and I like the universe’s humour. This coincidence (?!) is will be kept always in my heart and is one of my favourite magic moments I encountered ♥

 

Welcome to my blog, just another needle in the haystack!

Well, it’s 2017, what does the world need? Yeah, apparently just another blog, as if there were not tons of them already? So..

I don’t really know, why I’m writing this in here, because from my experience, this first blog post will hardly be read anyways, so I could just put the following into a separate about-this-blog-page. However, as it will probably take time that you people will cross this blog, I guess there’s nothing wrong about having a little blog post as this, juuuust as a little filler, so that this page won’t look so empty ?? 😀

Sooo, about this blog now. Who knows how it’s going to be because plans always change. But my “idea” about this blog is, that it’s goin to deal about relationships of any kind, places, food, self-improvement/-awareness, and DIY.
My view of this world is more of a holistic approach and I love it when science meets what other people would consider as “esoteric”..

So far as an introduction… Stay tuned.. 😉