The Anti-Excuses List: Stop letting your excuses get in your way!

We all have those things we hate doing. Maybe hate is too strong of a word. I’m talking about the things that we keep putting off for as long as possible, and it takes us forever to get started on them. We tell ourselves a million different reasons why we shouldn’t be doing it, making a million different excuses. Once you’ve let those excuses get the best of you, it can be difficult to get back in the swing of things. To counteract all of this, I’ve made myself this little anti-excuses list.

If excuses keep getting in your way, make this Anti-Excuses List! It will help you stop procrastinating and crush your goals! Perfect for bullet journaling!

How I use my Anti-Excuses List

These things we keep putting off are different for everyone, but for me it’s working out. I will come up with a million different reasons not to do it. I like telling myself things like, “I’m too tired” or “I don’t have time.” Never mind the fact that it only takes half an hour (who can’t spare that?) and I always feel better after.

It’s been a week or two since I got in a workout. Last night Hubs and I agreed that we would get up early this morning and do our workout together. After thinking about it, I realized that I was actually looking forward to getting started again! Exercising always makes me eat healthier, I have more energy, and maybe my sciatica pain would go away again. Then it hit me that I should make a list of all of these amazing reasons that I SHOULD be working out.

I grabbed my bullet journal and started listing out all the reasons I was getting excited. I thought about all the excuses I was making, and I made a counterpoint to them. Too tired? I’ll feel more energized when I’m done. Not enough time? It’s only 30 minutes, I have the time.

If excuses keep getting in your way, make this Anti-Excuses List! It will help you stop procrastinating and crush your goals! Perfect for bullet journaling!

Writing everything down always helps me remember things, so when I come up against my excuses wall again, I can remember what I put on this list or pull it out and get my butt in gear again! This is definitely becoming one of my favorite lists!

Making Your Anti-Excuses List

It’s not just for workouts. Use the anti-excuses list for anything you’ve been procrastinating. Housework? A big project? And you can make as many of these lists as you want! I’m thinking about making one for laundry, too! I can see it now… “We will NOT be a naked family!”

To make your own anti-excuses list, think about all the reasons you should be doing “it” (whatever your IT is), all the reasons you want to be doing it, and write them down. Then think about all the excuses you’ve already made for yourself, counterpoint them, and write down those thoughts as well. Decorate the list if you want, and maybe add some inspirational quotes. (Here are some of my favorite motivational fitness quotes!)

When you’re feeling stuck or having a hard time getting started, pull out your list and get yourself motivated again!

What will you be making an anti-excuses list for? Tell me below in the comments!

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  1. What an awesome idea. I love this for staying accountable for things you need to get done!

  2. Goodness what a good idea!! I’m an excuse queen. Thanks for giving me something to think about!!

  3. I just LOVE this idea!! I’m going to try this.

  4. Yes! This is an awesome idea! I’ve been putting off cleaning out my closet forever, and I need to make a list like this. It will give me the extra push I need.

  5. Brilliant idea! Sometimes I need to make an anti-excuses list even before my feet touch the floor – getting up is so hard to do some days. lol Hmmm… Meal planning. Some weeks I would rather eat a Little Caesar’s Hot-n-Ready every night than plan healthful meals with nutritional variety. Time to get that anti-excuses list going… Thanks for the idea!

    • But the Hot-n-Readys are so easy and cheap! We do that too when we don’t feel like cooking! Good luck!

  6. This is so good! Making a list of why you want to do something will definitely help combat the excuses to not we all make. I keep procrastinating on clearing out a lot of the toys in my girls play room. So it looks like I will be making my anti-excuses list about that later. ????

  7. What a wonderful idea! I need to do this!

  8. Love this idea! It’s so easy to dismiss any task with a simple “oh, I’ll get to that tomorrow” but this is such a great way to become more invested and really think about why you want to do something in the first place. I’ll definitely be giving it a try.

  9. This anti excuses list is a brilliant idea! So motivating when you lack motivation.

    • Thanks, Julie! I’ve been really lacking in the motivation department lately, and this has actually made a big difference for me!

  10. Thanks for the kick in the bottom I needed this morning! 😉

    The How-to Guru

  11. That’s a great idea, thank you for sharing!

  12. That little anti-excuses list you made is very helpful to everyone. It makes sure that we have to keep going to do those things all the time.

  13. Love the list; it certainly put things into perspective.

    I feel that we all have an excuses/procrastination part of our brain. The more inaction that we do, the bigger this part of our brain gets. The more we take action, the smaller this part of our brain gets. That’s why the inertia to do something is always harder than when we are already in the routine of doing it.
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    • Thank you, Leo! I completely agree! Once I get in the routine of getting up and getting things done, it’s so much easier to keep up with it all. The momentum really keeps me going. 🙂

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