What a Headache Taught Me About Procrastination

‘But really, let’s be honest, the big barrier was leaving my bed. In other words, in favor of avoiding short-term discomfort (getting out of bed) I put up with longer-term discomfort (a headache).’

We’ve all got our headaches, and we all know how to take care of them (or at least what our next steps should be). Rather than sabotage our own well being for the sake of temporary comfort, we should find the courage to do those things we know need to be done if we truly want to move forward. These daily “sacrifices” pave the way for long-term success and create the foundation needed to experience genuine fulfillment.

Much thanks to the author of this post for her insight and motivation.



My head is throbbing.

My neck hurts.

My eyes are sensitive to light.

My shoulders are tight.

Yes, I am suffering from the common malady: a headache.

It’s not my first rodeo. In fact, I know exactly what I can do to help it go away. And they are all pretty simple to do:

  1. take two Excedrin.
  2. drink a bunch of water
  3. have a snack, preferably with protein
  4. sniff some peppermint oil (trust me, it works)

And, presto, within a half an hour I will feel considerably better.

Yet for the past two hours or so (since the headache started) I have done none of these things.

What I have done is felt sorry for myself. Oh and I also complained to my 15 year-old daughter. I texted my best friend to tell her about it.

Then I felt sorry for myself a little longer. And then I remembered I…

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