Do It Now : Life More Organised

I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator – I’ll happily put off today what I might do tomorrow instead. Bills come in – well they can wait for a few weeks. Emails to send – not a problem they can sit in my inbox until I’ve got a bit more time. Text messages to answer – I’m sure they won’t mind if I reply in a few days. Oh it’s so easy to do. The problem is, I was doing it so much that I was finding that I was slipping further and further behind. My emails were building, reminder bills were arriving and sometimes I’d find I hadn’t replied to a text message for several days. When I looked back, I couldn’t even figure out what had been so important that I had to delay doing these things.  So I started 2017 with a completely different mindset.  A ‘do it now’ mindset!

Do It Now Mindset

The concept is oh so simple but has made such a difference to my day to day life.  So, I want you to think about something that you have been needing to do. It could be as easy as hoover the living room floor or reply to an email, or it could be more complicate.  Complete an application form or find the contact details for the vet.  Got one in mind?  OK! It can be so easy to procrastinate and get nothing done - but have you tried embracing the idea of Do It Now?

Stop reading, put down the phone, tablet or laptop and go and do it right now – right this moment! Simple eh!?! It’s been so surprising to me as I’ve been trying hard to follow this, how much I tell myself that I’ll do it in a bit.  I’ll get out of bed as soon a I’ve read one more blog article!  I’ll clean the kitchen when I’ve just had a quick check of Facebook.  I’ll write that blog post when I’ve hoovered the living room.  We all do it! However, the surprising thing is, I have found once I ‘do it now’ I seem to have so much more time on my hands.  My brain is freed up from trying to remember all the things I’m supposed to do.  I don’t have to write hundreds of to do lists (which I inevitably lose round the house) and everything runs so much smoother. Do you ‘do it now!’ or do you find that you are always chasing your tail to get things done? Have you got any great tips to help being more organised?

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  1. Claire
    February 11, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I’m trying to ‘do it now’ too but it’s easier said than so to be consistent! I think my blog is my main procrastination channel actually! #fortheloveofblog

  2. February 11, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Haha “do it now” is the story of my life. If I don’t it simply doesn’t get done! As soon as my alarm goes off in the morning I have to immediately get out of bed, my hubby snoozes! If I snoozed I wouldn’t wake back up for hours! I do the pots as soon as we have finished tea, otherwise it will still be there in the morning!

    The ironing “do it now” attitude is one I’m still working on! 😉

    #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. February 11, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’ve taken a similar stance this year – get things done! No sitting back and waiting for tomorrow, making it happen today #fortheloveofblog

  4. February 11, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I seem to switch between do it now days and procrastination days! Sometimes I have too much to do to do it now! #fortheloveofblog

  5. Biscuit Please Mummy
    February 11, 2017 / 9:23 am

    This is so true and I am trying to do the same. Why can it sometimes take me three days to reply a friend I love dearly?! I have no idea and it’s so much easier to stay on top and eradicate those nagging thoughts that you otherwise carry around with you! #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. February 11, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Great idea. I really need to do this. I waste so much time thinking about what I should be doing, when I really just need to get on with it! #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. February 11, 2017 / 9:56 am

    A really useful tip! Simple but surprisingly useful. The problem is still motivating yourself to do it though! 🙂

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Yep simple and useful – but definitely a lot trickier than it sounds 🙂 x

  8. February 11, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I think I can be the other way too much sometimes, thinking if I do that now then I will have more time later, but inevitably for me I end up filling my time with too many things then don’t get enough down time. I guess it’s creating a balance that works for you. It sounds like things are going well for you. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      That’s such a good point! I guess it’s that thing where we fill our time with stuff rather than just doing the stuff we have already got! A balance is definitely the key! x

  9. February 11, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Oh yes it’s hard to stay motivated and do things when they need to be done. My problem is I try to do all the things at once and get myself all in a muddle. Right now I’m making a shopping list, commenting on your blog, and I’m about halfway through the washing up… #fortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      I have exactly the same problem – I like to multitask but find then that I never seem to complete anything!! x

  10. mainy
    February 11, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I love to get things done but I’m not sure if it’s that I just take on too much or I don’t plan well enough but I always find myself playing catchup! I love my blog so much but I also realise that it takes up loads of time so I have to be careful that I dont let it get to be a chore rather than a fun hobby.

    Mainy

    #fortheloveofblog

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Oh I feel exactly the same about my blog – I absolutely love it but sometimes it can feel like such a chore! Thanks for commenting! x

  11. February 11, 2017 / 10:52 am

    brilliant, i do tend to be one extreme or the other, try my hardest to avoid what needs doing, or frantically work through my to do list until it is empty, maybe i need a little in between 🙂

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      That’s a good idea – I do think a balance is important! Pretty sure I’ve not got that yet though! x

  12. February 11, 2017 / 11:25 am

    procrastination is such a pain because it completely holds me back. I spend more energy thinking about doing something than just doing it ! #FTLOB

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Oh that’s exactly it!! I spend such a long time thinking about doing the thing – instead of actually just doing it!! x

  13. February 11, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Oh really needed to read this today!! I am the worse for putting things off till tomorrow and it just leaves me permanently chasing my tail. I really want to conquer this this year, and I do think the “do it now” mindset would help so much. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      That’s what I was finding – it’s so easy to put things off but then the list gets so long!! x

  14. February 11, 2017 / 11:54 am

    This is so me! What I do is write a list what needs to be done, and do the most important first. Then after I have completed each one, I give myself a little treat, like a cup of tea and five minutes, on browsing through instagram for 10 minutes. Then it’s onto the next task #fortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      What a great idea – I hadn’t thought of giving myself a little treat in between each task! I’m definitely going to start doing this! x

  15. February 11, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    There’s so many distractions in life that I find it so hard to have a “do it now” mindset. I’m definitely going to try to get into that mindset more though. #ForTheLoveOfBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      It can be really hard, especially when we have other things we’d prefer to do – I know exactly where you are coming from! x

  16. February 11, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I find there are certain things that I’ll aways put off because I don’t like doing them – making appointments, contacting the landlord, doing chores, etc. I really should just ‘do it now’, otherwise I could put unpleasant tasks off for days. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      That’s exactly what I do! I have to make myself do those chores I hate otherwise they literally never get done!! x

  17. February 11, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I definitely think we are all guilty of this. Similarly to doing it now, I have to remind myself to do one thing at once otherwise I end up doing half a job of it all. Thanks so much for guest hosting with us this week on #fortheloveofBLOG X

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Absolutely – that’s exactly what I do! Thanks so much for having me as a guest host! I’ve really enjoyed it!! x

  18. February 11, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I need to make some changes in this area. I get so easily distracted and feel like I waste so much time flitting from one thing to another and achieving nothing! #FortheloveofBLOG

  19. February 11, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    I don’t do this with everything but I’ve found it makes such a difference with emails and text messages. It’s so simple really, read and respond, done. #fortheloveofBLOG

  20. February 11, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Great idea #fortheloveofblog

  21. February 11, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    The only problem with Do it Now is kids. I’ll be doing something and their thing needs to also be done now, so I have some half done jobs waiting to be done again….#FortheloveofBlog

  22. February 11, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I procratonate far too much, or I get lured in by twitter and lose an hour lol. I need to be a bit more organised with my time, social media pages need to be shut when I am working lol.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  23. Musing Mum
    February 11, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I’m Welsh, and we invented the famous the phrase, ‘I’ll do it now, in a minute’. I think I’ve taken this to heart over the years, as I tend to do things ‘now-isa’ – not quite straight away, but I get to it relatively quickly. I even replied to this post ‘now, in a minute’, by making a cuppa before I wrote the comment!!!! #fortheloveofblog

  24. February 11, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    It’s so hard when you think “ooh I’ll just post an instagram pic, it’ll only take 2 minutes” then 20 mins later… thanks for the kick! #fortheloveofblog

  25. February 11, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I’m pretty good at doing most things as they come to me. I find the times I procrastinate the most are the times I’m starting to burn out and need to relax and leave things for a day or two then get back on top of it again. I find it very hard to switch off though. Good luck with changing your mind set.

  26. February 11, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    ‘Do it now’ definitely has a positive effect and although I do still write ‘to do’ lists I find they get completed when I just get on and do the things on the list. I was putting off cleaning up my email inbox and my friend came round and was horrified to see I had over 8000 unread emails! I decided to just get on with it and clean them up and just deleted them all! Since then there have been 3 occasions when i have needed emails that I have now deleted! An example of a time when ‘do it now’ did not work so well!

  27. February 11, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I try to do it now most of the time, otherwise I will forget to do it! #fortheloveofBLOG

  28. February 12, 2017 / 6:38 am

    I’ve been trying to do this lately too but keep slipping back into bad habits. My main problems are my email inbox and filing. I’ll respond to important emails straight away but all those “ooh, that looks interesting, I’ll read that later” emails build up (I have over 5000 in my personal one alone!). 😂
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  29. February 12, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Oh I must confess I am a bit of a procrastinator too. With some things. Things I can’t really be bothered with. Sometimes I go through spells of just doing it other times I really put it off. Must make a conscious effort to do it now! #fortheloveblog

  30. February 12, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I am such a procrastinator but like you have resolved to be more ‘do it now’ and have found when I am busy I can fit so much more in my day. My mother’s new year’s resolution was to only do one task at a time until it’s complete, rather than multi task and have so much half done, and I have found this a great ethos too. #fortheloveofBLOG

  31. February 12, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Sometimes I “do it now” and sometimes I don’t. If I’m legitimately working on something at the moment, I don’t put it away for a new task. Jumping around like that is inefficient. But if I’m just feeling lazy, I try to get up and get it done. #fortheloveofBLOG

  32. February 12, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    A great tip and really glad it has worked for you! It’s amazing when you find a technique like this which transforms your life. I take a split approach between do it now and do it later. In a book my husband and I started reading a few years ago called “How to get things done” there was a rule where if it takes 2 minutes or less, do it right away. Otherwise categorise it to do at the next appropriate point. I employ that sort of technique. I am prone to trying to get so much done right now that I neglect having a little bit of me time and burn out or feel resentful. I started a new journalling approach – Bullet Journalling – last year and it has really helped me to focus my time on the important things and schedule the rest so it isn’t forgotten!

    Good luck keeping your new approach going. Although it sounds like you’re a convert! #fortheloveofBLOG

  33. February 12, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I try to reward myself to encourage a ‘do it now’ attitude. Nothing big or fancy but I’ll allow myself a cup of coffee or to watch an episode of my favourite show if I get my things done. The quicker I do ny stuff the longer time I have to enjoy a coffee or something 😃 #fortheloveofblog

  34. February 12, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Love this approach!! I’ve started to do this more as its too easy to just add something to the to do list. Just do it now!!! Think I’d better write it on the back of my hand x #fortheloveofBLOG

  35. February 12, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I am so trying this from tomorrow, I’m terrible for putting things off. Tomorrow, DO IT NOW!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  36. From Day Dot
    February 12, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I’m a bit of both, I’d like to be more do it now but with a new baby I put stuff off so much more. Hopefully one day I’ll get back on top of it all! #fortheloveofblog

  37. February 12, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I seem to alternate wildly between “do it now” and procrastinating, and I seem to go through phases! I hope you have more luck than I do!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  38. February 12, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    I am SO guilty of this! I recently had to apologise profusely to my brother’s girlfriend for failing to reply to a text message from her for THREE WEEKS. I had marked it as unread, and kept meaning to reply, and then it had been such a long time that I felt so awful. I’ll be giving this a go I think!

  39. February 12, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Oops, meant to add #fortheloveofBLOG

  40. Michelle Goodwin
    February 13, 2017 / 10:33 am

    i’m great at putting things off until the last min and then being in a huge rush to do it all #fortheloveofblog

  41. February 13, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    If only I practiced what I preached!! I make my husband do it now!!! lol! I try to, but sometimes I just can’t/won’t/don’t. I like to do thinks in bite size pieces so tasks like writing thank you cards for my daughters birthday just fill me with dread….but I know I should just do a few at a time! Doesn’t matter how organised I am – sometimes I just don’t do it now! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 23, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      This made me laugh – it’s exactly what I do!!! 🙂 x

  42. February 13, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I’m with you! I’m awful for doing things like this. Especially when it comes to exercising and keeping fit. I’ve received your ebooklet so I’ll start working on ‘do it now’ in the morning haha 😉 #fortheloveofblog

    • cherrynewby
      February 23, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Oh that’s great news! Let me know how it goes!! x

  43. February 17, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I feel so much better when I just crack on but some days when I’m tired I just struggle! When I am productive I feel so much better. Time to go put the old wood burner up for sale! Thank you! #FortheloveofBLOG

    • cherrynewby
      February 23, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      I know the exact feeling! When I’m productive I feel so chuffed with myself but sometimes I just can’t bring myself to get sorted! x

  44. February 18, 2017 / 12:30 am

    It’s worth a go. I need more time in the day.I need to just get on with things and stop faffing about #fortheloveofblog

    • cherrynewby
      February 23, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      That’s been my exact problem! But I’m definitely beginning to see the light 🙂 x

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