What self-sabotage and procrastination looks like

My goal today was to finish the design work for a book. And send it in for a quote. 

 Sounds pretty exciting, right. 

Well, not really. I am not sure how to make all the pieces work together. And instead of sitting down and getting my act together, I found all kinds of other things to do. 

I get my computer out and start to open my folders, and my phone rings. It is a good friend that I haven't talked to in a few weeks. So of course I answered it. 

Then, I needed to go to the store and get some stuff to make lunch. My new teenage drivers suddenly don't like driving when I need something. 

Then I needed to cook lunch. And of course, eat. And since I was being so generous, I even cleaned up after lunch. 

Just when I ran out of distractions, I decided it was time to work. I was getting my computer set up AGAIN when my adorable Dante started talking to me. 

Drop everything! Every time! 

When my teenager decides to communicate with me the world stops spinning and they get my full attention. If you have a teenager, you know and understand this sentiment.

Well, he finishes his talk and leaves. Crap I guess I need to actually get to work. 

I sit back down and begin to figure out what I need. 

Oh crap, I need to go to the post office and drop off a package. (Seriously I have been waiting to return this package through UPS for a month, only to realize yesterday that it ships through USPS.)

So off to the post office. 

Did I mention between all this I was trying to coordinate a sleepover for one of Darcee friends?
Ok, I am running out of time. I have to get this done. 

Oh wait, is that thunder I hear. Crap, I need to get my freshly washed towels off the clothesline. 

The grass is pretty thick right here. And with the storm rolling in the temperature dropped dramatically. I might as well mow right here, really quick before it rains. It will only take a few minutes.

Great, now I need to take a shower since I have grass shavings all over me. 

Well, look at that it is now it is time for dinner. 

Finally about 730 pm, I sat down to finish what I started at 9 am. 

Because I allowed myself to be distracted and indulge in self-sabotage behaviors all day my goal was not met. 

Is it the end of the world? No
Will tomorrow be different? Yes....well honestly, maybe. 

Change is hard. Growth is even harder.

Knowing you are self-sabotaging isn't enough. You need to have a plan (multiple plans) to combat it when it shows up again. Because it will show up again. 

Here's to a new day with more focus and fewer distractions. 

Can you recognize when self-sabotage is creeping into your life? What do you do about it? 

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