Posts Tagged ‘advice’

I don’t take my own advice!

We all have a million things running through our heads – aspirations, dreams, frustration, goals. But usually that’s where they stay, right? Sometimes we make a ‘to do’ list or write down our goals, but that is the end of it. We are usually our own worst enemies – I sometimes defeat myself before I even start. I don’t have the know how, the money, the ambition… But then I catch myself giving advice to my teenage children that I should be taking myself! So I thought I would go through a few of the points I spout to my children, but have a hard time following myself.

Taking on the boring stuff

My 15 year old son hates school.  Says it’s a waste of time, it’s boring.  I’ve tried to explain to him that in the real world, life is not exciting.  As an adult, we do not get to sit around and play computer and video games all day long.  He says that he will do things he doesn’t like if he’s getting paid.  I ask him if he doesn’t ever do anything just for the satisfaction of a job well done.  Life is not exciting – it consists of everyday jobs and duties that we all need to get done, boring or not.  Things I struggle with include filing the papers that come into the house on a regular basis.  It’s much easier to make a paper pile.  House cleaning is not up as high on my list as it used to be.  I figure the dirt and dust will be there tomorrow.  I tell Jeremy that we all have things to do that we don’t enjoy, but still, they need to be done.

Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today

I love the old sayings, but my kids probably hate them.  ‘Business before pleasure’ is my favorite quote and my kids hear it often.  How many of us put off what we don’t want to do until the last minute?  What does that accomplish though – it just makes the task even more stressful. 

Break down that big task

My youngest is not very good at breaking down large tasks.  But I must admit I’m not always the best at that either!  How much easier would our lives be if we just took an impending assignment, chore or task and broke it down into smaller pieces.  It wouldn’t seem to be such an insurmountable chore then would it? 

I guess the moral of the story is that when we procrastinate, ponder and put things off, we just make things tougher on ourselves.  Tackle life head on, and do the things that are the last things you want to do first.  Move the difficult things up to the top of your ‘to do’ list and you will be pleasantly surprised at the relief you feel when you have checked them off of your ‘to do’ list. 



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