On day 212 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored being proactive.
Time and time again, I’ve found it much easier to manage life’s demands by getting an early start, especially when the project or task is related to something that requires a significant amount of time or effort.
Sure, some people feel more creative when they’re staring down a deadline, but for me, procrastination creates unnecessary tension and stress.
I much prefer getting done early so I’m not constantly thinking about what I need to get done, or creating reminders on my calendar over and over again. It just seems like a time waste. So, that’s precisely why I chose to move forward with the written portion of an exam for a certification that I’m pursuing just a few days after completing the class. (The payoff? A score of 97%.) For me, that was an act of self-care.
This is a perfect example of how being true to ourselves can support our health. When we know our preferences and work habits, we’re better suited to leverage our strengths and work with our natural tendencies. By avoiding procrastination, I honored myself and completed the task to the best of my abilities.
Do you lean toward procrastination or early action?