Why do we choose to wait until January or Monday?
By: Trainer Stefano
“I want to lose weight, go to bed earlier, or start going to the gym; I’ll start on Monday and make that my ‘New Year’s Resolution!”
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why is it so hard to start something today? What did Tuesday through Sunday do to us that we always choose Monday as the “universal day of change.”
What is Procrastination and why do we do it?
Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. One of the only pros to this is that some “work well under pressure.” If we wait until the last minute, there is a higher level of stress and pressure placed on us to hunker down and work until the deadline is met. Remember those all-nighters before a project or an assignment was do? Looking back, does staying up all night stressing out hopped up on caffeine look very healthy to you?
Some cons to procrastinating are higher levels of stress, anxiety, and poor mood. In 2007, a survey was conducted amongst procrastinating and non-procrastinating college students. At the beginning of the semester, procrastinating students reported less levels of illness and stress than their non-procrastinating counterparts. The reports drastically changed with the procrastinating students reporting much higher level of illness and stress by the end of the semester.
Why does this matter to us?
Some of us spend all year worrying about our health, appearance, job, tasks, family, and much more. Then, 53 times a year (Mondays and New Year’s) we try to make a positive change only to end up at square one. It’s a cycle we find ourselves in over and over again. What is stopping us from taking action and working for ourselves 365 days a year? That is the question I have for you and the positive change I want for you!
Let’s make a change!
When a daunting task presents itself and you immediately want to put it off, write it down and set up a process in which it can be completed. Personally, I love to use the calendar app on my smartphone to schedule tasks like appointments throughout my day so that I know that there is time set aside for said task (physical planners are cool, too!). Instead of worrying about when I will do something or putting off the task, my phone will give me a nudge and notify me that it is time to get to work. This approach can be used for creating new, healthy habits as well! If you are trying to lose weight, you can set notifications with positive, motivating messages to pop up during the day to make healthier choices towards that goal. For example, you can set a message reminding you to eat breakfast, drink that greens smoothie, or workout to start your day.
Support is a big help as well. If there is a change you would like to make in your life, tell your friends and family about it. They can check in with you periodically to see how you are doing with your goals. This will make you more accountable and more mindful of YOUR decisions.
The time is NOW!
Time is a precious resource that you can not create more of. Once it is gone, it’s gone forever. Each day that we rise and get out of bed is a gift to us that some did not receive. I ask you to live mindfully and with the intention to better yourself each day. Monday is not always guaranteed. Why waste all of the days, week, and months leading up to New Year’s to make a change? Yes, it is uncomfortable to make a big change in your life. If it were easy everyone would do it. Inspire those around you with your actions.
Good luck guys!
If you need help with goal setting, check out my previous article on S.M.A.R.T. goal setting by clicking here.