We all have a few things in our life that feel like unavoidable uphill battles, no matter which way we approach them. Going to the DMV is not the coolest thing to do on a Friday afternoon, and I’m sure we can all think of 1,000 ways we’d rather spend our tax money. Snapping our fingers and having our entire to-do list completed might be more convenient than going through the motions of accomplishing each itemized goal everyday.
You know what I’m talking about, and there is probably one thing you can think of right NOW that you’ve been putting off for a while. We all have our reasons for procrastinating (we’re either afraid of the end result or we just don’t wanna do the work), but let’s look at why putting off said thing is no longer serving you.
When we say we’re gonna do something, and then we don’t, the action of not keeping our word does yucky things to our self esteem. When we fulfill our promises to ourselves and others, it really serves our integrity and it feels AWESOME. As human beings, and citizens of civilized countries, we have a few things that are expected of us (morally and legally).
Complaining about our duties won’t do anything but add extra energy to the workload, and it doesn’t support us in feeling better about what we’re up to. I’ve found a great way to shift out of a “homework” mode and into a “privilege” mode. When I feel like a task is hanging over my head like a dark and heavy cloud, I write it down on a piece of paper. I then reduce it down to the worst case scenario so I can see that getting my stuff done ASAP is way better than not doing something because I don’t think it’s fun.
- ORGANIZE TAX WRITE OFF RECEIPTS
- If I don’t organize my tax write off receipts, I won’t be able to complete my taxes on time.
– If I don’t complete my taxes on time, I will get fined by the government.
– If I get fined by the government, I will have to pay them a lot of money.
– If I have to pay the government a lot of money, I might not be able to pay other bills.
– If I don’t pay other bills, it will affect my credit score.
– If my credit score is affected, if will affect my self esteem.
– If my self esteem is affected, if will affect my energy with my clients.
– If my energy is affected with my clients, I will lose my business.
– If I lose my business, I will be homeless.
– If I’m homeless, then…
YES! I would MUCH rather put on my favorite Pandora station and rock out while I organize my receipts so I can SAVE money instead of owing more. Even though tediously sitting on my butt and going through heaps of receipts is not up there with my favorite pastimes, it’s waaaaaaaaay better than having to hustle to make ends meet.
Another INSTANT way to make your homework feel like a privilege is to be mindful of your language. Take “have to” out of your vocabulary and say “get to” instead. My chosen perspective about receipt-sifting and bill-paying is this:
“I am so blessed to be able to pay bills, cover all of my desired expenses, AND have the receipts that express my state of abundance. I also GET TO pay my taxes on time so that I GET TO go on vacation in Fiji and keep my condo at the beach.” See that? When you decide that everything in your life is a “get to” it feels a lot better.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed, we get to be excited about figuring out a creative way to handle our to-do list in excellence. What is one “un-fun” thing that you’re committed to completing this week? And how can you make it fun? I love hearing from my readers in the comments section below!
Love all that is you,
Jenna Phillips is a Total Wellness Philosopher, Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer & the founder of her lifestyle brand I’m On A Mission. Follow her on Twitter and be inspired.