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MAIL OPINION  By Shana Kongmun


Doing the things you should be doing

Recently a friend of mine bemoaned the fact that she hadn’t been able to get in some exercise at the gym as she was too busy and another friend consoled her saying, “Don’t be too hard on yourself, take it easy”. But is this really the best advice one can give? The truth is, we all manage to find plenty of time to waste on Facebook, watching TV or what have you but when it comes down to the important things like our own health, we are now, somehow, “too busy”.
If I am always giving myself a free pass on the things I should do but don’t like to do, and am being given a free pass by my friends to “not be too hard” on myself for not doing the things I should do but don’t like to do, when am I ever going to get them done?
I hate tax time but somehow I always manage to get it taken care of in time. I am not a big fan of doing my laundry but since I don’t like others to mess with my things, I always manage to get it done. If I put these things off because I didn’t want to be too hard on myself I would end up in trouble with the government and with nothing to wear.
Certainly, we all have stress in our lives, some more than others, but stress nonetheless. It is how we choose to cope with that stress, how we choose to prioritize our lives and our goals and how we choose to get those things done that matter. I forego that extra time on Facebook to make sure I make it to the gym at a minimum of four times a week. I lead a very busy life and for a long time put off exercise with a wave of the hand and “I will do it next week.” Until I realized that “next week” was never going to come if I didn’t just find the time and do it. Now, I find the time.
I have a few other goals that I have managed to put off until “next week” or “next month” and so far it has been far longer than that. This type of procrastination is not really healthy, I believe, and it is something we are all guilty of doing. Certainly I put things off but I will no longer give myself that free pass to avoid doing things I should or need to do for my own good and will remind myself that there is always time for these things, obviously since I certainly find enough time to waste online. I will now find the time for these goals as well and do the things I should be doing rather than wasting my time on the things that are not really that important after all.

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Doing the things you should be doing