I’ll Start On Monday

“Oh a new project? Ah I’ll start on Monday”

Anyone else do this?

I am the queen of the ‘starting on Monday’ feeling. If there was an award for most usage of ‘starting on Monday’ I would be the winner. I would be crowned ultimate champion for doing this

all.the.damn.time.

I don’t even know if this has an official name it’s probably linked back to Imposter Syndrome that I spoke about recently, but let’s say for example I have something I want to do, start drinking more water, start a new class, a new project, whatever, and I think about it on a Thursday, I’m suddenly like I’ll start that on Monday. Or if I have something I need to do, book an appointment, finish a bit of work and I have a week to do it, I’ll think ah I’ll do it next week.

Why not just do it then and there?

Why do I do this to myself?

Also I’m fully aware I’m posting this on a Monday….and yes I had the idea to do this last week, and yes I am writing this at 7am on the Monday morning rather than last week when I could have had it prepped. This is my point.

I’ve always been this way as far as I can remember. Even just leaving things to the last possible minute, and getting so stressed about the fact I don’t have enough time to do it. Why don’t I just do it in advance, with more time? I don’t know, I’ve always felt like I need a bit of pressure to complete a task. At University, I opted not to do a dissertation, rather going for multiple exams instead. I knew that a dissertation needed months to prepare, and I would leave it all until the last week, and be going around in a flap. Now I never compromise the quality of what I do, I am fully confident that whatever I put out into the world isn’t half arsed, but it definitely will have been done with a few days to spare rather months. I have desperately tried to be one of those people who have their shit together weeks in advance, but I’m just not that person.

 

There’s something about the freshness of a new week that appeals to me in terms of having a goal. Back in May it was the 1st of the month on a Monday and this was additionally pleasing to me. But, what does it matter, time is irrelevant, what does a Monday have any different to a Wednesday, why does it matter? But for some reason in my brain it does.

Is it bad that I don’t do things in advance, as long as I get them done? I don’t know, but I know it would make me feel a whole lot calmer and in control. I ache for that feeling.

I’d like to be one of those people who’s done with tasks well in advance, but to be honest, I think this is just the way I am. If you’re one of these people, have you always been like this, or did you have to train yourself?

Is anyone else guilty of this?

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3 Comments

  1. Kathryn Whittaker
    July 10, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I love this! I am so like this! I use it as an excuse for everything. I get so frustrated with myself too because I am always think why didn’t I just do it straight away. I have always been like this but more so now I’m older than ever. I did do a dissertation at Uni and I was fine with it but I think it would have been even better if I had put more time into it than leaving it as late as I did. I even try to think to myself I am going to snap out of this and start doing things straight away rather than putting them off, but then think – well I’ll start being like that from Monday. Why do we do this to ourselves? Haha xx

    • July 17, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks for your comment love! I know I’m the same, it’s so silly really. Why do we do it?! xx

  2. The Sunday Mode
    July 26, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I’m not like this but sometimes I wish I was because I get so nervous about not getting things done that I start preparing for them way too early in advance and that in itself can be stressful!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode