Reflections: Procrastination and distractions – how do they impact your life?

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Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear – Norman Vincent Peale

A new month starts and can’t believe it’s already September – we start the last quarter of the year and I think… where did the rest of the year go? Time flies!

Do you sometimes have the feeling that time passes and you haven’t done much? Do you tend to procrastinate things? I’m not a huge procrastination myself, I’m more inclined to eat the frog first so I can move on and do things I enjoy. I have to admit though, that sometimes I do. And I also get distracted VERY easily – the phone rings, someone comes to talk to you, an email arrives into your inbox, text message, what’s app message, etc.

It’s hard to get things done and focus when you are a procrastinator or get distracted very easily. Something I’ve found that works for me in order to get better at it is the following (and remember, you need to find what works for YOU):

  • Understanding that when I eliminate procrastination from my life I get important benefits:
    • Sometimes we procrastinate because of fear, so if we take action and do that thing that makes us feel scared, the fear disappears and we gain confidence. Most times, it wasn’t that scary and hard!
    • When we take action, our creativity unleashes and our natural qualities / attributes shine.
    • Our self-esteem grows: we take action, gain confidence, realised we can do it (it wasn’t that hard after all), inspiration shines and we are aware of our real self and value. It can only get better!
    • We get a new level of experience or ability. We realised we can do it so we keep trying and getting better at it (and new things) – we keep learning and enriching ourselves.
  • Power sessions. Those work really well for me when I need to focus on something and get it done. It’s a very easy concept, it just requires discipline. How do I do it? I start my day by having a cup of tea and my moment of gratitude, then I stop to do my mindful breathing for few minutes (sometimes accompanied by couple of yoga exercises) and review my day’s schedule. Then I choose two or three tasks that need to be done (professional/personal) and decide which ones require my immediate attention so I book them in for my power session. How it works is:
    • Get rid of distractions: silence my phone, close my email, if at work I move to a quiet room, etc.
    • Spend few minutes visualising what I want to create and why. What value it is going to create.
    • I make myself fully present in the now and what I want to achieve.
    • I focus and do the task.

And you might thing that it’s easier said than done. You are right! Actually, I’ve been procrastinating for a month the refurbishment of my coming daughter changing table. When we moved into our new home a month and a half ago I decided to refurbish an old set of drawers instead of buying a new one. I got super excited and thought it’d be a great idea. The roadblock was (and is) that I have no idea how to do it. I’ve been procrastinating it with the excuse of having to sort other things in the house first, but reality is that now everything is organised and I can do it. So yesterday I decided to stop procrastinating! Let’s do it – I’ll need to book few different power sessions to do it (one to learn how, go to buy materials, and one or two more to get it done). I’m determined to do it this month – watch out for an accountability photo!

As I wrote in my previous post, this is just something that works for me and you need to find what works for YOU. I just hope that it might empower some of you. Would love to hear what works and doesn’t work for you, and if the above somehow supports what you are already doing.

With lots of love,

Laia x

Are you creating change and making life happen?

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This quote is self explanatory – thought of sharing it as I agree 200%!

I keep daily routines such as meditation, reading of personal development content, exercising and those non-negotiable things that need to be done to grow your business. I try to be better every day, work on my higher self and always do my best – no matter if I fall, I stand up, learn from it and keep going forward.

What are those things you decide to do every day, no matter what? What are those things that create change in your life and create what you want?

With lots of love,

Laia x

Friday reflections…

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“You can’t change the past. You can change the future. would you rather to be influenced by something you can’t change or by something you can?” Jeff Olsen

I’ve not been writing a lot recently, life can sometimes get on the way! But the positive side is that the last couple of months have been life changing so now I have more to share!

I’m currently reading a book called The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen. The content is not new for me but it’s great to be reminded of how important are those little things, easy to do (and also easy not to do), that if you consistently do them will drive you to success. At some point during my reading I stopped to reflect and I realised how many things I’ve achieved by consistently working little by little towards something. And suddenly, I’ve just realised that I’ve turned my life towards everything I wanted in 2 years!

How have I done it? I think it has happened by believing it was possible and being truthful to what I wanted, keeping up good habits and consistently working towards my better self. I guess you want to know what has happened? So, in two years I’ve built an amazing relationship with someone that loves and respects me for who I’m, we got married, we are going to be parents, and we are about to buy our first home! Besides that, we both have started our own professional projects and are well on track. How cool is that?!

I know it’s not just a result of two years’ work, but I’ve not seen the results till now and the last two years have been the scenario of all changes. For example, I always wanted to own my own house. But it was impossible for me to see myself with enough savings for the deposit of a house. However, I carried on saving little by little every month and they grew. I also found an amazing life partner when I was 33 – I always wanted someone like him but I wasn’t doing the right “things” to attract someone like him – I first had to work on myself and grow as a person. Now, both of us can see that brilliant future ahead when only two years ago it seemed very far away. That is magic!

Sometimes we oversee great achievements like these. Why? Because we focus on what we don’t have instead of in what we do have. For this reason, last year I started my daily good habits to grow personally and professionally and rise my awareness. Sometimes, it was tough to keep going as I couldn’t see the results straight away, but it’s been worth it every second!

So, this is not a post to show you all how well I’m doing – myself, like everyone, face daily challenges. This is just a reminder of how the simple things you do every day (easy to do and also easy not to do), the things that don’t look like they matter, do matter. And making the choice to do those things, no matter what, is what makes the difference.

Forget luck – you create your own luck! For years I was focusing on awaiting for my good luck to come that I did nothing to create it. And of course nothing happened! Nothing happened till I took the reins of my life and I invested in myself, my life and the direction I wanted it to take.

So, now that my pregnancy sicknesses are starting to improve I hope to be back writing down my daily learnings, experiences and things that motivate me – I’m sure I’ll get lots of them through this new episode in my (our) lives! It’s beautiful and at the same time very scary, so a great opportunity to keep growing and being my better self with whatever challenge is in front of me.

With lots of love,

Laia x

Quote of the day

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If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little will become great“. Jeff Olsen

Something I’ve learned lately: Success doesn’t come with luck. It comes with consistent hard work. With consistently doing a little bit every day towards your goals. Do what others aren’t willing to do, leave your comfort zone, grow yourself, and never give up.

With lots of love,

Laia

Sunday reflections… Decide and do it!

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Busy is a decision. Stress is a decision. Mindfulness is a decision. You don’t find the time to do things, you make the time to do things.

Today I’d like to briefly touch on making decisions. I’m not meaning those slight decisions we constantly make: “I’ve decided to get fit” (but don’t exercise few times a week or have a routine, for example). I mean, when you are serious about something and really decide to do it. You decide to take the action required to make it happen. Because without actions, dreams don’t become real. They are just that, dreams.

Don’t stop dreaming, just make sure you put your time, intention and actions towards that dream and make it happen. It’s your choice.

Remember: action supersedes everything!

With lots of love,

Laia