Things I’m Learning

Stephanie Booth
Feb 4 · 2 min read

It’s been a long time without writing, amongst other things because of surgery on my right wrist a few months ago. I’m doing good now. And a few pieces of my life puzzle seem to be falling into place.

Here we go, in no particular order (well, maybe a bit).

  • Doing nothing whilst recovering from surgery or illness is not doing nothing, it is recovering — taking care of myself.
  • If a key component to procrastination is anxiety, then reducing my anxiety will help me procrastinate less.
  • Even though my procrastination rarely gets me into very deep trouble, it generates a lot of stress, and I am now more than fed up with spending whole days feeling awful before I actually manage to snap out of it and act.
  • As with many things, the solution is not “understanding” but “doing differently”.
  • Two things I can do to reduce my anxiety around “doing stuff”: create habits and plan ahead.
  • “Self-discipline” doesn’t have to be something we’re capable or not capable of doing. It can be a decision, a choice. “I am going to do this thing today because I decided to do it, to this end.”
  • Creating daily to-do lists with only the things I can guarantee I will do on that given day, rather than what I want to do or feel I should do avoids setting me up for failure and sets a virtuous circle in motion. Even if there is just one thing on my list.
  • Sleeping is something we do to feel good the next day. So going to bed when tired doesn’t have to be “stealing from today”, but “investing in tomorrow”.
  • Me first, then my cats, then other people (family and close friends first).
  • Even if you leave a big mark on the world, you still die and you’re still gone.
  • Fear of death? The ultimate FOMO.

Originally published at Climb to the Stars.

    Stephanie Booth

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    Anglo-Swiss. Change management and digital transformation. Taking care of old @QuintusKitty.

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