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Do you ever see or think of something something that needed to be done and think out loud "I need to do that."? Only to then get wrapped up in something unimportant, like what your friends are doing on social media, and end up doing nothing at all? I'm sure we've all been there. Hell, I've been needing to write this post for a while...
The Obligation Megazord
After some time, these "need to's"/ "I should's"/ "I want to's" start to pile up, band together, and turn into this large Obligation Megazord. Don't be fooled, this isn't the friendly sort of Megazord. He will literally follow you around reminding you of everything you haven't done and how you suck at accomplishing even the smallest of tasks. In true cinematic fashion, the larger you let this Obligation Zord grow - the harder he is to defeat. Think about it... How hard is it to start after you've let your to-do list pile up? Usually, we will just become so overwhelmed; that'll we'll just watch a movie or take a nap instead. Don't let it get to this point!
Action and execution are the only ways to rid your self of the Obligation Megazord. I'm notorious for letting freshly laundered clothes sit in the dryer or dishes to fill up the sink contributing to the other stressors of the day like work and traffic. The only way to eliminate the stress of dirty dishes is to wash them. You need to actually do the things on your to-do list...that's it. Just do it.
Recently, I've been committing myself to taking action. When something pops into my head that needs to be done, I do it right then and there. If its something that can't be done immediately, (like while driving...remembering the dog needs a bath) I plan a time and DECIDE to do it then. There's no need to's or should's to keep you unproductive. When you tell yourself "I need to", your brain doesn't really register that as an actual command. Its more like a "No rush, we'll get it done...eventually." When you realize something needs done and start doing immediately, your brain is like "Oh shit, its going down. Right. Now." and it commits your focus and attention to getting it done.
How Taking Action Has Helped Me
Taking action and deciding to execute this past month has yielded some new skills in photography and graphic design after deciding to make my photo booth biz's first event a success. I was also able to put $1,200 towards wedding expenses and make an extra $600 in payments on my credit card debt. The two running toilets in my house are now fixed and we're no longer flushing money away. I've redesigned the theme on my blog. Learned how to make and edit videos for a Facebook ad campaign. And I've been doing regular SEO practice for my site. Destroying the Obligation Megazord little by little.
Let me tell you... it feels amazing. Accomplishing tasks and satisfying obligations is a HUGE motivator, source of pride, and reducer of stress. Get out there and get 'er done!
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