When is the best time to start doing something you’ve been meaning to do? The joke answer to that would be yesterday, but that’s not really helpful to anyone. It’s not helpful to sit around and judge yourself or beat yourself up for not doing what you’ve been meaning to do or what you keep putting off. Yes, most of us do struggle with some guilt in our lives, but a life lived from a perspective of guilt and failure isn’t one that is healthy or encourages productivity. In fact the more time you spend in that place, the more likely you’ll become depressed and do even less with your life.
The real answer to the question of the best time to start something you’ve been meaning to do is today, or even better: right now. Don’t put off until another day what you can and should accomplish today. The longer you put things off the less likely you are to get them done, and the more likely you’ll end up putting out fires instead of preventing them.
I know it can seem overwhelming sometimes, especially if it’s a big task, but there are more healthy ways of dealing with it than procrastinating. First or second, make a step-by-step game plan. If you can’t do that step then the first step is to become educated about your task. The internet is filled with tons of educational materials including videos and different people’s perspectives on tackling hard activities. So once you know what steps you should be taking, write them out. Making a visible plan on how you’re going to accomplish your overwhelming task removes another barrier to actually completing it. Then once you’ve got your game plan it’s time for some action!
The past is what it is. Yes, it’s good to reflect on it from time to time, but spending tons of time in or on it isn’t helpful (unless you’re a historian). Instead of reliving the past or wading through guilt, focus instead on how good it will feel to have completed that task, and how much you’ll have accomplished in your life by achieving that task. What will you work on today?
“If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it.” John Mayer