Speaking of joy, former procrastinators, let’s admit procrastination is a joy stealer. In the moment we choose to delay, we select something we prefer over what we need to do. Maybe we choose play like watch a movie, or rest like take a nap, or other work like cleaning mirrors instead of vacuuming the basement. That self-indulging choice will rob us of joy.
We need play and rest. Maybe one of those is exactly what we should be doing but we choose to hammer on and keep working. “Do what needs doing when it needs doing” helps us choose wisely – work, play, or rest – and keeps joy growing.
If you need a nap, good humor is well served by your lying down. If you haven’t done something for plain ole fun in a long time, girl, go outside and swing.
What joy thieves skulk around your house in the form of procrastination? // What joy seeds can you plant to reap a harvest of joy?
“I don’t have to do that now.” // “I have now, I’ll do it. Later I’ll be free for what comes along.”
“I’m not leaving until I have to.” Then I’m late, speed, get frustrated, disrupt others. // ”I’ll go early, maybe return sooner. I’ll make calls or read if I still wait.”
“It’s only a short distance.” // Leave with margin. Time for the unexpected. I’m calm when I arrive.
“I’m too tired to work on photos.”// Employ a mini habit. “Five minutes of sorting will move the project forward.” Energy starts to flow.
“I never get around to the things I like.” // Establish a routine that refreshes and encourages you. Quilt ten minutes a day.
Scattered locations where things could be.// Designate homes for papers, keys, etc. No wasted time searching.
“I wish I hadn’t agreed to work on this committee.” // Say “no” with a clear conscience.
Remnants of projects left out to stumble over and shove around // Put away all gear when a project’s done.
“Every day is a battle getting the kids to find their shoes.” // Form a habit. Shoes by the door before bed.
That pile in the corner is unsightly. // Clear it out; keep the space open.
Whenever I see Susie, I feel guilty/irritated. // Ask forgiveness, talk with Susie. Restore fellowship.
Someday we’ll take the kids to miniature golf.” // Schedule golf for this Saturday.
“I got distracted by the holidays and dropped this project.” // Pick it up again now.
Counters crowded with piles prevent easy use of the kitchen. // Papers, etc. go in designated places. Counters are designated clear spots.
“I’ll do all my chores then dress to leave” // Dress early. Relieve stress; create margin.
“Our debt increases every month.” // Use a system that helps us pay down monthly.
Joy thieves and joy seeds affect us in the moment and later as well.
What joy thief can you shackle this week? What joy seeds can you plant?