Anti-Procrastination Month ‘08: Day 6
Today's post is an article contributed by Alex Fayle, founder of Someday Syndrome. Alex hates the word someday and that's what makes him an invaluable addition to Anti-Procrastination Month 2008. Thank you, Alex, for writing this article especially for us!
I personally suffer from multiple strains of Someday Syndrome. And you?
Do You Suffer from Someday Syndrome?
by Alex Fayle
Entrepreneurs are go-getters. They're ready for anything, have it all planned out, and know where everything is – at least in their head if not all neatly labeled and organized.
Does this describe you? Me neither. That's right, I might be a Professional Organizer, but I also suffer from Someday Syndrome – the emotional, mental and physical clutter that blocks people from achieving their dreams – and almost every entrepreneur I've ever met also suffers it.
So what exactly is Someday Syndrome and how do you cure it? Well, let's take a look.
Someday My Ship Will Come In
Sufferers think that the world will come to them. They are the people who create lots of positive energy but never focus nor act – like the joke about a person who prays to win the lottery every day until one day the sky opens up and God says: “I'm trying, but please buy a ticket first!”
Self-employed people and entrepreneurs suffering from this strain of the Syndrome will open a business with only a vague idea of what they want to do. They wait for the customers to come to them (and are surprised when they don't).
Other sufferers include those who drag themselves through the day dreading what the world has to offer them but not putting anything into the world themselves. They have no dreams, no ambitions and if you ask them where they see themselves in five years, they say “I dunno.”
To cure this strain, you need to choose what you want, create a plan and act on it.
I'll Get Around To It Someday
In business, the typical sufferer of this strain is someone who focuses almost exclusively on the business but never in the business. They take courses, make plans, update to-do lists but ask them what they are doing to generate income in the moment and they can't point to a single action.
Curing this strain requires dedication to your dream – choose to pursue it step by step, action by action on a daily basis.
I Might Need It Someday
Do you own unread books on time management or decluttering? Do you pay bills late because you don't remember where you put the envelope when it arrived in the mail? Do you have 15 years of bank receipts because someone once said it would be a good idea to keep them? If so then, you've fallen to this third variant of the Syndrome.
There really is no cure for this strain. Prevention is the only way to avoid it. Take time regularly (at least semi-annually) to go through your office, drawer by drawer, and ask yourself these two questions:
- Do I realistically need it?
- Do I really love it?
If you can't say yes then out it goes.
The Common Cure
No matter what type of Someday Syndrome you suffer from to what degree (you may, like me, at different points suffer from all three of them!) there is only one cure: choice. If you remain aware of your surroundings and make active, informed choices about your desires, your actions and your possessions you'll keep Someday Syndrome at bay.
ABOUT ALEX FAYLE
Alex Fayle is a Writer and Professional Organizer who cures people of Someday Syndrome, which he himself suffered for 25 years. After a year in France, in 2007 he switched to Spain where he lives with his boyfriend and writes full-time. Cure your own case of Someday Syndrome at http://www.somedaysyndrome.com