There Will Never Be a Perfect Moment – Start Where You Are!

Do you ever take a look at what you need to do and find a reason (or a hundred) to put it off for another day?  I find myself doing that from time to time.  I’ll think that before I can do this, I need to finish up that other thing.  It’s normal and natural but it’s not really helping us.  

Show of hands-how many have chosen an area of focus and picked their top three things that need to be done daily in that area?  How many have started doing those three things?  

If you haven’t yet started, what’s holding you back?  Are you waiting for just the right moment to get started?  Maybe there are a few things you’d like to have done before starting?  

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – there will never be a perfect moment to start.  There will always be one thing waiting to be done, or the timing will always be just a little off.  It’s time to stop waiting and just simply start where you are.

There will never be a perfect moment to start - so just simply start where you are.

There is Never a Perfect Moment

The biggest hurdle to any new routine or system isn’t the time it takes to implement.  It’s not the daily tracking.  Nor is it the effort we put into it.  Nope, the biggest hurdle for many of us is simply getting started.  That first step can be the toughest step to take.  Not because it’s hard, but because it is the first!   There always seems to be a reason to wait.

  • Work is crazy busy right now, I can’t possibly start a new routine until things settle down.
  • I can’t worry about finding time for anything until I get my home organized.
  • I can’t start a new exercise routine until I can afford a gym membership and some better workout clothes.

The list of reasons for not being able to start something is as long and varied as the people who have them.  There is no right here and there is no wrong.  But there is a little secret I want to let in on – that perfect moment for starting something new doesn’t exist.  

There will NEVER be a perfect moment, something else will always come up.  If you want to reclaim your life, or at the very least take back your time, then you need to simply START!  

Start where you are right at this moment.  I know it’s tough.  Believe me I know!  But today, we’re going to talk about just that, and I’ve got a tip that has worked wonders for me.

Start Where You Are Right Now

I struggled with this concept.  No, that’s not the complete truth.  I fought this concept – tooth and nail – for the longest time.  It never made sense to try building a new routine in an area that needed work.  

Despite that being the reason for a new routine.  I would try waiting for that perfect moment and it never came so I never started.  It can be hard to jump that hurdle, but once you do you’ll find that it gets easier to do it next time.

Answer Some Questions

The first thing I do when I’m stalling on a new project or putting off getting something done is to do a brain dump.  I grab a few pieces of paper and a pen and I just start writing.  I run through a list of questions until I just can’t think of any more answers.

  • why can’t I start?
  • what do I need to do before I start?
  • in an ideal world, what would my starting point look like?
  • how will starting this benefit me

Writing the answers down helps to get those thoughts and worries out of my head.  Sometimes I just simply think about what I’m procrastinating and just write whatever comes to mind.  Clearing the head is a great way to get over roadblocks.  You can see what you’re thinking and come up with ways to work with it or around it if need be.

Break Out a Timer

My next trick is to set a timer.  I know many time management experts and gurus suggest using a timer.  It is a great tool to have in your arsenal when you’re trying to reclaim your life and take back your time.  It will help hold you accountable for your time, and it can often help you realize that some of those tasks you keep putting off, don’t take nearly as long as you think they do.  But I like to take things in small steps.  So rather than setting aside big chunks of time, I set aside small ones.  5 minutes!

You would be surprised at what you can accomplish in 5 minutes

In just five minutes you can:

  • clear junk from your email
  • sweep the floor
  • tidy up a room
  • straighten your desk
  • dance your heart out to your favourite song
  • pay a bill
  • read a story with your kiddos
  • meditate
  • hold a yoga pose
  • unload the dishwasher
  • send that email
  • confirm a meeting
  • start the laundry
  • fold some laundry
  • have a tickle fight with your kiddos
  • sip some coffee and just breath
  • wash some dishes
  • do some jumping jacks or other quick exercise
  • The point is to start.

Just Start Where You Are

I’ll give you a great example – have you ever heard of Fly Lady?  I stumbled across her site a number of years ago when I was trying to get a handle on keeping our tiny house tidy and clean.  If you opt to follow her system, one of the first steps she has you do is shine your sink.  

She tells you to empty the sink if it’s full.  NOT wash your dishes, just empty the sink.  Then give it a good cleaning until it shines.  Doesn’t matter if those dishes are piled up on the counter.  Doing the dishes wasn’t the point, the point was to just simply start and not let those dirty dishes stop you.

What are your dirty dishes?  What’s holding you back?  My biggest hurdle has always been the timing.  I’m trying to embrace the saying, better late than never.  This post is a prime example of that.  

It’s now 11:12 pm on the 5th.  It’s passed my bedtime.  I could save this post for tomorrow.  The world won’t end if I skip a day right?  But, in all honesty, I couldn’t put this post off. Waiting for the right time to post it when it so neatly fit in with what I wanted to talk about today seemed wrong.  Jumping in and doing, even if it’s not the perfect time to do it!  How could I write about that, if I, myself, was willing to put off writing it until the time was right?  

So, for the third day in a row, I’m getting the post out late, but that’s ok – they’re going out and that is what is important.  I’m sure there will be spelling mistakes and typos that I didn’t catch on my read-through. I can fix those tomorrow though.

If we wait for the perfect time we’ll never get anything done.  So today, (or tonight) give some thought to starting where you are at right now.  Don’t wait for the elusive right moment.  Choose this moment!  You deserve it.  You can do it!

I’d love to hear from hear your thoughts – what holds you back from starting?  Do you have a trick you use to get started when you don’t think the time is right?

The perfect moment to start will never come, just start where you are.

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  1. I came across your website about a month ago and I really appreciate your time and effort to make the printables!! I’m the person who doesn’t make a list/use a planner bc I know I won’t refer back to it. (But yet prefer to have all ideas on paper #braindump).
    At some point, I watched a few videos by Bindi Marc on YouTube about women tending to the home. Bindi was doing a book review on Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin and, long story short, one commentary of that book referenced the FlyLady. I ended up getting the Flylady’s book Sink Reflections. After reading chapter 5 and 6 of that book, I’m creating my Control Journal with your worksheets. I love how thought out you constructed your worksheets as well as providing examples on how to use them with intentions. All three sources (Your Site, FlyLady and Bindi) have been so influential and share the common theme: Start and Be Consistent. I hope as the summer starts to come to an end, my soon-to-be structured home and personal life will transfer to my work life as a third year teacher. May you continue to touch the lives and hearts of others that they too aspire to become more intentional and consistent in all areas of their life. Blessing to you and your family 🙂

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a heartwarming comment Dessa. I’m thrilled that you’re finding printables that are helping you create your control journal. I hope that your journey is going smoothly and that it is transitioning into your work like you wanted. It’s amazing what shining a sink and taking small steps can accomplish.

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