How often do you think about something you’d love to do more of, less of or differently, then think “Great, I’ll start on Monday”?
Yes, there is something to be said for pacing ourselves. We can only take on so many commitments at one time and we do ourselves and our work a disservice when we spread ourselves too thin.
But there is also something to be said for harnessing our enthusiasm, for using that drive as steam power to create, for engaging that energy and using it to drive ourselves forward.
When I look back on times I’ve said “I’ll start on Monday,” it’s been because that thing isn’t really something I want to do after all. Or I have wanted to, but I’ve let fear take the driving seat and say “Shhh, it’s OK, you don’t need to do this right now. Relax, wait awhile…” Fear is great at coming up with all the reasons it’s a good plan to wait until Monday (aka never).
So don’t wait.
Every moment is a new opportunity. It’s a chance to start that project, to think about something differently, to do the things you want to do, and the things you need to do to create what you want to create.
Even if you can’t commit 100% to what you’re starting right now, you can still harness your enthusiasm. Take notes, create a mind map, flesh out your thoughts on paper, share your idea with someone else, then decide when you will revisit it and shelve it knowing that your enthusiasm has been captured, rather than fizzled out.
And you need not wait until tomorrow or the next full day, either. As Alexandra Franzen says, “today is not over yet.”
What are you going to start creating today?