I don’t know how you feel about that, but personally – I’m glad.
Lots of great things happened for me this year, but to be honest, in many other ways it was gruelling.
As 2012 draws to a close, I am uttering a huge, hearty, “The End.”
To mark the occasion, I’ve decided to post a reprise of The End to Procrastination – a post that will help you turn endings into something positive.
You can use this tool in 2013 to get you motivated, help you press on to the next goal, and have a hearty laugh. Enjoy!
A flash of inspiration (or a hot flash; I can’t remember which)
Like most of us with ADHD, I’m fantastic at starting things, but (sometimes) not so good at finishing them.
As I contemplated my propensity for procrastination, a flash of genius struck me. Today, I thought, I’m going to say “THE END” at the end of everything I do. I’ll wake up in the morning and say “The End.” I’m finished sleeping. I’ve already accomplished ONE THING and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet.
Let’s try another example:
After awakening (i.e. finishing sleep) I’ll go to washroom. As I flush, I’ll say, The End. I’ll keep saying this after everything I finish.Brushing my teeth, finishing my cup of coffee, that’s – what? – FOUR THINGS completed before I even get out the door.
It’s all about focus. You know, that’s when you… aw, never mind, just keep reading…
I’m sure you too don’t realize how much you actually accomplish in a day. Like using the extraordinary power of mindfulness, I’m going help you pay attention to how much you complete each and every day.
Unlike mindfulness, you won’t need to learn meditation, develop insight, or learn to breathe deeply. Just say, “The End” every time you finish something. That’s it!
At the end of the day when you lie down to sleep, the last thing you’ll say is (everybody):
…then you’ll instantly drift off to sleep.
The End-All of procrastination books
Obviously, this is such a great idea, I had to write a book about it. It won’t be just a motivational book, it’ll be the procrastinator’s bible.
It’s true, I’ve just started writing this book. And yes, that’s the easy part. Obviously.
But here’s the great news: I already have a title – “The End.”
Visualize my book on your shelf. See its hard-cover spine, perhaps in a dark burgundy leather. Written across the spine in stunning gold leaf: The End.
See? You don’t even have to crack it open. Just tilt your head, read the title, and walk away. Imagine the surprise of your friends and family when you tell them that you’ve actually finished a book.
The End of the sneak preview
But I don’t want to give it all away in this sneak preview.
I’ve got the idea. I’ve got the title. Now, all I have to do is finish it.
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Last reviewed: 31 Dec 2012