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Be the Mountain

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Be the MountainHave you ever had days that start off fast, and end up completely off the rails?

That’s where I’m at today. I predicted this day would arrive. Everything is due today – and I mean everything. Could it have been avoided?

A client is prepping for an event tomorrow, and promo materials must be designed, copied, and organized. A weekly vlog series that I produce must be edited, because the video goes live tomorrow morning. And the blog article I’ve been hemming and hawing about for a month ( this one ) is due – right this minute.

But I don’t have time to be doing all of these things at the same time. And somehow I must find the time, because the time is now.

I found an answer at the stoplight on my way to copy center today. Panicked mind racing, the bulk of these incomplete tasks weighing on my mind like a baleen whale, one word floated into view as I finally noticed what was in front of me.

“Start.”

Whatever it is. Just start it ( ideally a month before it is due ). And work on it for fifteen minutes. Then stop, and do something else for fifteen minutes. Then have a cup of tea, and chill out.

When people have the discipline to work on something that isn’t immediately due, I feel a high level of awe for them; the same one might feel observing a centuries-old mountain. So solid, dependable, and elegantly simple.

I’d like to be like the mountain when it comes to this pesky procrastination. So today, I’ll start as the pebble of sand. And finish this task.

That’s better.

NOTE: I really like Katrina Hill‘s “Tips for Managing Your Time and Keeping Your Sanity,” which I probably should have studied before today blew up in my face. But wondering if you have any other sure-fire, task-busting tips and tricks up your sleeve? Share in the comments below, and be sure to subscribe to the awesome newsletter for great articles in your inbox.

Natasha Younge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Natasha Younge

Natasha Younge is an actress ( General Hospital ) and comedienne ( The Ice House ) who has appeared in television, commercials, award-winning independent film, and musical theatre premieres from Los Angeles to London. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Drucker School of Management ('19).