As a recovering procrastinator, I am all too familiar with the unpleasant feeling of constantly being a step behind, five minutes late, or scrambling to finish something at 11:45 p.m. I feel tense just thinking about it.
I think about how if I can be one step behind, why can’t I be just one step ahead instead? I know there is a lot of psychology involved with procrastination, but all of that aside, practically speaking, why can’t something or someone be early instead of late?
Bottom line: it is possible. It is possible for people who find themselves chronically late with arriving places or turning things in or getting things done to eventually, one day, find themselves to be people who are chronically early and turning things in and getting things done ahead of schedule.
Sigh of relief.
The Feeling of Being A Step Behind
The biggest drawback of being behind that jumps out at me is the constant nagging thought track that keep coming to mind the whole time something isn’t getting done. If I have something that is about to be overdue, my mind will not let it go.
It’s a major energy drain. Not to mention: What You Focus On Expands. As in, thinking about constantly being late and behind is pretty much a guarantee that you will continue to be late and behind. Kind of guaranteed!
I have been wanting to get ahead of myself on blog posts for awhile. Like, since I first came up with the idea to start a blog. I envision myself running a successful blog with 2 weeks of posts consistently written and scheduled. I read this advice somewhere from someone to write and schedule blog posts in advance. I know it is possible.
Maybe starting with two weeks’ worth of scheduled posts is too much too soon. But rather than being constantly one day behind, I am looking forward to getting one day ahead at first.
Get Ahead by Working Backwards
Last week, I got the idea to write the next day’s post before writing that day’s post, putting myself in the one step ahead category of people. I tried it a few times and found myself to feel quite awesome waking up on Thursday, knowing that not only had my post for that day already posted, but the next one was already scheduled! Blogging while sleeping: now that is a cool job!
As I write this, it is Sunday, and I will have scheduled the posting for Tuesday on Sunday. And I am refusing to schedule Monday’s post before I schedule Tuesday’s post. One step ahead, one step at a time.
I would settle for being on top of things if I couldn’t get ahead, but ahead sounds nice.
The Rule of Two
I am calling this The Rule of Two. Why do something once when you can get twice out of it? I am focusing on writing two blog posts at a time, buying chili ingredients at the store times two so I have enough to make it next time, and doing other things in moderate bulk to keep future me calm and happy.
This makes sense, because when we are in the zone of doing something once, it isn’t much of a stretch to repeat due to the collected momentum from the first go around. This won’t work every time for everything, because sometimes there just isn’t time. But I am hoping to consistently get myself ahead times two, and then someday times three, and then someday after that, a week or two, at least when it comes to blogging.
I know that this dream of mine, like all the others, is so possible. It simply takes time, attention, and a little more work at a time.
What do you do to get ahead of yourself? Please share your thoughts!