Happy Sunday guys! If you follow me on Twitter you know that I just started watching House of Cards, I know I’m late, and I am literally obsessed! This show is amazing- I graduated with a political science major so I’ve been a lover of politics and news media for a while. Frank and Claire are amazingly ruthless and this demonstrates all the stuff and schemes that go on behind the curtain. If you are familiar with the show, you know the main character Francis Underwood is full of interesting quotes that leave you thinking even after the show is done. This week one of his quotes inspired my post.
Not settling for mediocre or situations that don’t reach specific goals has been something that’s important to me for a long time. From applying to colleges, taking internships/jobs during college and even in my current job. I always feel that there’s this proverbial table, like the quotes says, and that in switching things around slowly, removing some things replacing them with others we can either worsen or better or situation. This is something I was taught at a really young age, so I was so surprised to hear the metaphor in the show!
I took this quote in two ways, the first: having the ability and drive to work to change your circumstances can be something that is so beneficial when planning the steps from the point A to point B that everyone talks about. Realizing that you aren’t necessarily stuck or stagnant in a situation and that you can change things, can offer a great new perspective when you think you’re out of ideas and options! Two as I mentioned before not settling and never sitting by watching something happen that you aren’t comfortable or happy with go on, can be great in any situation. Career, friendships, relationships, fitness/health etc. If you don’t like something, figure out your options, work hard, and make the necessary changes, flip the table over.
Happy Sunday guys- this weekend flew by! I had a great, and cold time, Friday night going to see the tree lighting with C, and finally saw the Beyond Lights last night with a friend! Anyway, I was thinking of what to write for this weeks #NotesOnaSunday and kept putting it off and putting it off and realized in that, that I found what to write about. I have long struggled with procrastination and putting things off until the literal last second. Whether it was homework in college, buying flight tickets, finishing home projects-basically everything, until recently. I figured out that there are certain things that I don’t and never have procrastinated, like planning my blog for instance, shopping for an outfit for an event, planning dates for my boyfriend and I, and assignments at work.
That kinda made me think, why do I procrastinate so badly on some things and not on others? I still don’t know the exact answer, but this quote has been helping me procrastinate less and I thought I should share it with you guys! I feel like looking back and saying I shoulda/coulda done something that was completely do-able, and was only stopped by procrastination, is the worst and I never wanna do that. Using that as my motivation and even taking it down from a year to a week has brought things into great perspective and helped so much! Don’t get me wrong a lot of my procrastination stems from laziness and simply not feeling like it, which I still struggle with, but giving whatever the activity is a bit of context is beneficial on several levels. I sometimes even find myself saying “Let me go do this now because next week I’ll be so behind” or some version of that!
This quote, that could maybe even be called a mindset, can be great for long term goals too! I take it to heart in certain aspects of life like my career and my blog. Day to day stuff makes us put off those long term aspirations for “someday” or “at some point”, but getting started little by little can make such a huge difference. And though I’m definitely still learning, I think I’m getting better at handling day-to day things and making taking steps toward my long-term goals a priority. Partly due to this quote replaying in the back of my head ha!
What do you guys do to combat procrastination? If you have any tips or think this quote may help you too, let me know in the comments below! And if you’re not already follow me over on Twitter@ChicAndDefined!
When I was growing up one of the things I hated most was being disappointed or not being able to do something I had planned to and had my heart set on. I remember it so specifically because, I’m still kind a that way now and I actively try to work on it! Life is full of disappointments and no one has time to be in a slump. Too much potential shopping to do!
Anyway you guys get it-disappointment is not my thing. I do have a scale though, which is much better than I used to be, it goes from like Sephora being sold out my shade in NARS concealer– which is amazing FYI- to something more serious like not getting a great response on a project/idea that I’ve spent weeks on.
Nevertheless, whenever I’m having a moment where I feel that big cloud of disappointment coming or I can feel that maybe my plans aren’t gonna work out, I remember something my mom always used to tell me, (she’s good for making appearances in these types of post ha!) “You can make plans, but you can’t plan the outcome.” When I was younger I would just brush it off as one of those cliche mom sayings, that all moms just say and no one really knows the actual meaning. But now it helps me get a grip and get back on track! Not always, because I’m not perfect and honestly some stuff just sucks, but a lot of the time it does. What kinds of things do you guys do when plans don’t turn out the way you meant for them to? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ChicandDefined!
So I’ve been horrible the past like 2 and a half weeks, sorry! I literally started this job and had no time to write anymore which sucked because I’ve seen so many fashion-y things to write about lately. But I’ve decided that I love my blog and am gonna make more time for it and my writing. After reading tons of articles about planning content and how to keep the blog going even when you’re busy, I’m sure posting regularly like I was before won’t be too hard. Thanks for checking up and for those that tweeted me about the blog- thank youuu! Expect a post on Sunday and an update on my job soon!