The Sabbath comes around every week so most of us have the preparation down pat. I know some really organized people that do their shopping on Tuesdays, the baking, desserts and all foods that can be prepared in advance, on Wednesdays. The fish, soup, chicken etc on Thursdays and last minute stuff for Fridays---But not all of us are like that---MANY OF US ARE PROCRASTINATORS!
THIS YEAR MOST OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS COME BEFORE THE SABBATH ---MAKING MANY OF THE HOLIDAYS A 3 DAY HOLIDAY---THAT MEANS 6 HOLIDAY MEALS EACH TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FAILING TO PREPARE MEANS PREPARING TO FAIL!
If we are talking about preparing for the Sabbath, Holidays (which come around every two months) or any special occasion; in order to end up enjoying these special times and still be able to continue a healthy regimen we need to learn how to do ADVANCE PRPARATION.
It has been researched and proven that stress can have a direct affect on the development and control of diabetes and diabetes health related issues. Another good reason to put things in the right prospective and to work on keeping them there!
Some of the excuses that we use for procrastinating might be:
• You perform better under pressure.
• The work you do when you’re not in the mood to work isn’t very good.
• You can’t do anything well unless you’re feeling tip top.
• You’ll get to it when things quiet down-then it will get done quickly
Uh-oh, you’ve got the earmarks of a procrastinator. Of course, you’ve got lots of company. Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. These are people who don’t pay their bills on time, miss opportunities for buying tickets to concerts and leave cooking and meal preparation of holidays and special occasions for the last minute. Let’s not even talk about income taxes!
Advance study courses seem to bring out the procrastination in people. In these situations, up to 70 percent of students identify themselves as procrastinators.
Of course, it won’t help you get things done any faster to know that procrastination isn’t good for your health. However, it is important to recognize that putting things off creates higher levels of stress and sends all those stress hormones coursing through your body, wearing it out faster. And, it puts you at risk for poor health, because you’re just as likely to delay seeking treatment for medical problems, as you are to delay everything else.
Procrastination actually weakens your immune system. It keeps you awake at night. And, it doesn’t help much with your relationships either. It makes loved ones resentful, because it shifts the burden of responsibilities onto them.
Both the good news and the bad news is that Procrastinators are born not made. Good because it’s a learned response and what’s learned can be unlearned. The bad news is that while it’s possible to change, it takes a lot of psychic energy and effort. Even after all the effort you don’t necessarily feel changed internally.
Some people who think of themselves, as procrastinators really aren’t. In a world of unending deadlines, they just put too many things on their To Do list. They’re not avoiding tasks, the mark of a bona fide procrastinator. They’re getting things done, just not as many as they would like.
It’s easy to tell whether you’re a real procrastinator. According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, real procrastinators tell themselves five lies, they:
•Overestimate the time they have left to perform tasks
•Underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks
•Overestimate how motivated they will feel the next day, the next week or next month -- whenever they are putting things off to
•Mistakenly think that succeeding at a task requires that they feel like doing it
•Mistakenly believe that working when not in the mood or pressured will not work
•Do things for the wrong reason
Procrastinators also actively look for distractions, especially ones that don’t take heavy-duty commitment on their part. Checking email is just about tailor-made for this purpose. The dirty little secret is that procrastinators distract themselves as a way of regulating their own emotions, such as fear of failure.
So, face it. Some tasks are never going to be thigh-slappers no matter how long they marinate on your desk. You’ve got to do them now.
How to tackle procrastination? Dr. Ferrari recommends these strategies for reducing procrastination:
•Priorities – what comes first? Make a list of everything you have to do. Leave out the impression jobs—the things you want to do to, such as:
Ø Impress your mother-in-law
Ø Impress your guests
Ø Impress your neighbors
Ø Impress your kids and their friends
Ø Impress your husband (maybe this one can stay in)
Ø Impress yourself
•Write a statement of intention. Know why you're doing things and that you can really do it---MAKE LISTS!!!!!
•Set realistic goals.
•Break it down into specific tasks.
•Make your task meaningful.
•Never start a second task until the first is done
•Promise yourself a reward.
•Check off items that are done and eliminate tasks you never plan to do. Be honest!
•Estimate the amount of time you think it will take you to complete a task. Then increase the amount by 100 percent.
REMEMBER THAT PREPARING FOR THE SABBATH, A HOLIDAY OR ANY SPECIAL OCCASION IS A MITZVAH (GOOD DEED) MAKE IT FUN, ENJOYABLE AND MOST OF ALL MEMORABLE!