I was thinking about farms today. Bear with me, I have a point.
Farmers (and I’m speaking in very general terms here) are up before dawn, sometimes at four a.m. They work all day long, taking breaks for meals but otherwise moving from one task to another, frequently until after sunset. They can’t just sleep in because they’re tired, or not do their chores because they aren’t motivated today. There are cows to be milked, animals to be tended, crops to be grown, equipment to be fixed. There is no room for procrastination, laziness, or “I don’t feel like it right now.”
Why can’t we be more like that? Why can’t I? No reason. None at all. There is just no excuse for it, not a real one in any case. Generally, it all boils down to laziness.
“I didn’t have time to write today.” Translation: I had time, but I spent it online or watching tv or out spending money I shouldn’t spend.
“I didn’t get to that yet.” Translation: I could have, but playing “Words With Friends” seemed more important.
I have a million excuses, and none of them mean a damn thing when you come right down to it. I need to stop making excuses and start accomplishing more in the course of a day. I’m pretty sure some of you do too.
Now, before anyone gets all up in arms, I’m not talking about people with legitimate reasons for not doing a lot. I understand that illness, injury and many other things can actually interfere with your ability to get things done. I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to people like me who could do more, but don’t.
So. I’m going to start working on cleaning up my act mentally. I’m going to try to break the habit of putting things off and giving in to “I don’t want to.” I’m going to try to take my lead from farmers and do what needs to be done, and shut up about it. Well, except to post updates here.
What are you going to do this week?
- Am I really just plain lazy? (hitachiinlover.wordpress.com)
- Goals Work, Do You Make Excuses For Not Following Through? (realgoalgetter.com)