Are you someone who spends more time thinking than doing? You’re not the only one. There are a lot of people who are more thought-oriented than action-oriented. This is not a personality trait that is set in stone. With some work, you can become a person who takes action instead of one who sits on the sidelines. When you find the methods that work best for you, stick with them.
You might dwell in chaos and disorganization while more action-oriented people have it together and maintain their organization for anything-work, school, life, kids. Action people typically have more energy at the end of the day, whereas you start to feel yourself slow down as the day proceeds.
When you aren’t organized, you reach the end of your day and wonder why nothing has been accomplished. You feel like you’ve put in a full day’s work but it doesn’t look like much was accomplished. This is because you spend so much time thinking about what needs to be done and how that you forget to actually put in the work to complete the task.
The first step in turning yourself into a person of action is to get organized. This means all areas of your life, including work and the home. Keep to-do lists and always keep your priorities at the top. The feeling of satisfaction you will get each time you put a “done” line through those items on your list will uplift you and push you through to the end of the list. If you have something left on the list at the end of the day, put it at the top of your list for tomorrow.
Give yourself a reward once you complete your to-do list each day. It doesn’t have to be anything huge. It can be something as simple as an hour of leisurely reading or a piece of candy. By rewarding yourself for all of your accomplishments each day, you are encouraging yourself to reach your goals. This is, of course, an honor system so don’t reward yourself unless you truly deserve it.
Another way of thinking is to skip writing out a physical to-do list and instead visualize the tasks that you need to complete that day. When you picture yourself finishing each task and all the details that are a part of the action, you will fill yourself with the energy to get those things done.
Whichever method works best for you, do it! Force yourself into action. The energy that builds up inside you as you look at your list or visualize it in your mind will only set the spark. It is up to you to make that spark catch fire and keep you up and going throughout the day.
If you have a problem that has been weighing on your mind and keeping you from taking action, take the time to clear your mind and focus only on that single problem. Sometimes, visualizing the problem before you go to sleep at night will help make the answer clear to you in the morning. Let your brain work while you sleep so that you are free from any daytime distractions.
Stay positive! A positive mind leads to activity. When you are happy, you want to get up and do more. Do what you can to maintain an upbeat attitude. For some people, that means meditation. For others, exercise does the trick.
Are you an action person or are you a bogged-down thinker? What changes do you want to make in order to become more action-oriented? Let us know!