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.
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.
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!