A strange thing happened to me yesterday.
I've mentioned it many times before, but I have a huge problem with procrastination. And then I mentioned once that I have some shoes to return that I've been holding on to since last winter.
Did I mention I have 5 pairs to return? To 2 different online retailers. I detailed it earlier, but 2 of the pairs were worn outside, which was how I learned that they really didn't actually fit.
So the strange thing. At some point, as I was taking care of the non-dramatic shoe return (the pairs that didn't have to be cleaned first), the balance tipped:
The pain of keeping the pairs of shoes that were part of the more complicated return became greater than the pain of actually doing something about it.
Ergo, I ended up finally spending the time I needed to clean the shoes. Meticulous cleaning with water, paper towels and a freaking paper clip. We're talking specks of dirt that all got scrapped off bit by tiny bit.
To me, it was quite strange to have reached that tipping point where I didn't have to force myself to take care of what I was procrastinating on (which is generally how it goes) and instead I was gladly taking care of it.
I figure it was some combination of:
And for the record, I'm actually going to beat the 365 return policy by a couple months instead of how I'd usually be waiting until the deadline (or just missing it completely).
I've still got a lot on my I'm-procrastinating-on list, but I'm learning that any forward momentum can be a huge motivator.
Just keep chipping away at the list.