Don’t just plan, Do

 

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Alex Boegler
Staff Writer

Day after day I walk into class with a plan to get things done, rarely does that happen
Ah yes, here I am finally coming back to this article weeks after I typed out the first line, you can just assume I got close to zero work done during those weeks.
Year after year people create New Year’s resolutions for themselves, most of them being eating healthier or going to the gym twice a week. Often times that doesn’t play out the way people plan it to. But that’s all their resolution really is – a plan.
Jeff Lund once told me, “A plan is nothing without action.” That is why this year instead of creating this plan in my head of how I’m going to do better, I am choosing instead to focus on the word “action.” This way I am constantly reminded to take action, do better, get things done, rather than just having another useless plan in my head.
Every morning when I wake up, the first word on my mind is “action”. I tell myself to get up, get dressed, and do the things I need to do. Throughout my day I cross things off my to-do list, feels great to actually get things done.
Starting the year off this way was easy. At the turn of the year, I was fired up and full of energy and hope. I was getting my homework done, actually learning in class and crossing tasks off my list. But once the days and weeks starting dragging on, I lost that excitement and the word “action” seemed to be moving further and further away from my focus.
It has been about a month into 2018 and I am realizing that I really haven’t accomplished much. I haven’t taken action on any of my well thought out plans. For example, I have a google doc titled “Journalism” it has all my article ideas and interview questions planned out, and you can bet I waste away my time every day in journalism just tweaking and editing my plans instead of actually taking the first step to finishing those articles. It is so much easier to sit and think about what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it, rather than actually typing out the beginnings of each article and starting the interviews. I sit in here for 50 minutes and stare at my screen just thinking about everything that I could be doing. That is why my word for the year is “action.”
It’s finally time for me to sit behind the computer and fill out endless scholarships and college applications. You already know I have a plan of how I’m going to tackle all these tasks, I took the time to sit down and write them in my calendar. They’re even color coded! But have I even started any of that nonsense? That’s a big, fat, no.
I often feel disappointed with myself. How can I waste away all my time on Snapchat and Instagram making sure my selfies look good and that I like all my friends’ post, when really none of that matters. I know that I need to be doing the not so fun things. It’s frustrating to continue with the same behavior even though I know better. I’ve had enough of sitting back and not accomplishing anything, now is the time to take action and break the cycle of procrastination.
Soon enough it will all come back to bite me in the butt when I have eight schools to apply to and 12 essays to write in one night. I know that I can do better, I need to get myself out of the seemingly endless cycle of unproductiveness, and get back on the progress train. I need to stop wasting away the day trying to beat my high score on Crossy Road and start focusing on the bigger, more important things.
2018 is my year to throw mindless plan making out the window and to start taking action.

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