Despite my strong dislike for winter and all things cold, I actually love this time of year. With the New Year comes a sense of starting over with a clean slate. We reflect on the previous year and assess what’s been working along with what seems to be broken.
Like many of you, I have set New Years resolutions year after year. I have planned out my goals and written them down, but always lost momentum.
This year, I wanted to choose one Bible verse to represent my focus for 2016. One verse to memorize and pray each day, to keep in the forefront of my mind and use as the lens through which I view my life. This is it:
“Be very careful then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
I have been praying about what one change I could make that would have the greatest impact in my life. In short, my biggest problem is this:
I am a world-class procrastinator.
There, I said it. I put things off like it’s my job. In doing so, I let small things turn into big things. Simple tasks pile up until they are daunting and mountainous. Or worse, they are pushed off my radar completely.
In my case, procrastinator is a fancy term for lazy, distracted perfectionist. If I don’t feel like I have time to accomplish a task to perfection, I put it off. If I just really, really don’t feel like doing something, I put it off. Oh, and if I see something shiny and more exciting than what I should be doing, guess what happens? I put it off.
I have operated this way my entire life. While I may joke that I do my best work under pressure, it simply is not a wise use of my time. And it is certainly not the way to make the most of every opportunity I’m given.
So what is the answer? For me, the antidote to procrastination is discipline.
If I were to develop more discipline in every area of my life, the results would be astounding. More discipline in my spiritual walk, health, marriage, mothering and homemaking.
It’s really all about doing what I’m supposed to do when I’m supposed to do it. It sounds so simple, but execution can be tricky.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the new habits I’m working on. I’m excited by the progress that I’m already seeing and look forward to kicking this procrastination to the curb once and for all.
Have you chosen a word or verse to focus on in 2016? I’d love for you to share in the comments so we can cheer you on!