Well, here we are. Another new year. Do you feel any different? I do. But not because it’s a new year. More likely, it’s due to decisions and actions I’ve taken. The new year, like other milestone events, gave me the push (reason? excuse?) to take steps. It created a deadline. And I need those.
Procrastination or Pressure?
One of the many things I’ve learned to embrace about myself is that I really do work best under pressure. To others close to me who do not work as well this way, it looks like I’m procrastinating. Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines procrastination:
To put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.
I wouldn’t say I intentionally put things off. A truer statement would be that I pick tasks to complete according to what’s due next. Or sometimes what can be knocked off the list quickly. Or because of a deadline.
I don’t avoid much by nature. Sometimes that works well for me and other times it doesn’t. Every characteristic each one of us possesses works the same way. They are strengths in some situations and limitations in others. The key to success is learning to anticipate which is which.
Decisions and Actions
I made some difficult decisions near the end of 2023. I’d been stewing about them for a while but hadn’t fully decided what to do. There were a couple of defining moments in December that clarified the right path for me. Once I became clear, I made the decision and took action.
I now have more determination, a clearer head, and less stress because of those decisions and actions. It just so happens that these feelings coincide with the start of a new year.
What decisions did you make in the last month that have you feeling better?
What decisions and/or actions do you still need to make?
If I can help, you know where to find me.
Cheers to a new year, friends. Thanks for coming along on this ride called life with me. Here’s to our collective clarity, happiness, and peace in 2024.