In the fourth grade, we had to make something called an Alabama notebook. This was pretty in-depth for a fourth grade project. It had to be a binder outlining in detail the entire history of Alabama. Not only that, but you had to know every aspect of the state including the state song, the state bird, and the state flower. Yes, there was a state flower.
This project was due around March in the second semester of school, so I had months to make this. Did I take months to make it? No. Did I remember it a week before? Absolutely.
The project was pretty intense and as a fourth grader I couldn’t cash the check of procrastination that I just wrote, so my mom had to help me out. Granted, she would have been helping me anyway, she just had to be more involved since was has so little time to get it done.
So, the week was a total disaster. I was up late every night and my mom was up with me. We went over and over every detail until it was perfect. But, it got done and it looked good.
When we got the book back though, it had big a B- on the front. As an adult it must be very frustrating to pretty much write a fourth grade paper and not get an A+ on it.
That week, I caused my mother insane amounts of stress. I should have taken care of that project months earlier. Today I had one thing that I really should have done, but I got ridiculously busy on other things and didn’t get what I needed done. I’ve been putting it off for a month.
One step. All it takes is taking one step forward. I know that every time I say that I’ll do it tomorrow, I won’t get it done. I haven’t done it for a month, why would I do it tomorrow?
However, if I start today, doing at least something, I’m way more likely to get it done.
What do you think? Will taking one step, even if it’s small step, push you forward?
Will it get the ball running?