Okay, first off - I’m obsessed with all things for office organization and I have an addiction problem…to notebooks. Here’s the thing, I use all of them so it’s not a wasted endeavor. All my notebooks have a purpose: some capture notes from my daily learnings and others are for my content planning.
Now picture this: post-its in all colors. Color palettes for every season, holiday, mood for post-its. Post-its with designed borders. I strive to one day be a person who has post-its all over my house. I started out as an average post-it user, grabbing an occasional one to jot down an important date or message. Then, it stuck to me, just like the adhesive that makes a post-it exist - I needed to write down the deep insights of the inner workings of our being. You get my drift. Those of you who downloaded my free e-book Six Mantras I Live by for a Happy Life, know that one of those mantras is always be learning. (Refresh this page and enter your email in the pop-up to get this free ebook!) Everyday I feed my mind with knowledge in the form of podcasts, books, videos, blogs, etc.
The best part of feeding your soul with knowledge is that you’ll hear epic lines dropped, mic dropped quality. When I hear or read a quote that resonates, it’s post-it time! It’s important to me to remember and memorize the lessons I learn each day.
So here it is, the current post-it note I have hanging on my desk.
What would this look like if it were fun?!
I recently heard this while watching Lewis Howes, host of The School of Greatness, interview Ali Abdaal, a medical doctor who left that profession and became a productivity expert. Here’s the interview with Abdaal talking about “what would this look like if it were fun” at timestamp 45:03. This is his advice whenever we are feeling anxious or stressed about tasks where procrastination tries to take over. From completing a mundane task at work to decluttering a room in your home, ask yourself, “what would this look like if it were fun?”
I’ll be putting this to the test over the weekend. My best friend asked for help in cleaning and organizing her art studio. She admitted to me the anxiety and dread of having to complete this, a feeling we are all familiar with. I plan to share this experience with before and after photos of her studio along with an update on how our experiment unfolded, the experiment of asking ourselves “what would this look like if it were fun?”
I challenge you, dear reader, to ask yourself this question the next time you are faced with something you know you have to get done but that you are dreading. I have one: I need to write up and publish my blog disclaimer - it seems SO boring but I know it’s necessary.
Can you think of something right now in your life that you’ve been procrastinating on? Tell me in the comments and what’s your idea of what it might look like if it were fun?