I’ve been going through a creative slump. It seems like everyone around me is doing “the things,” but me. Is this a case of FOMO (fear of missing out)? Am I procrastinating…yet again? Or perhaps it’s not that I’m feeling uncreative and unproductive. Perhaps I’m simply overwhelmed.
This week I sat down with a notebook and started writing down the projects I wanted to finish, the books that were sitting unread on my nightstand, the “things” I wanted to try or finish. I wrote out PAGES of tasks. Long term and short term goals. Big things like getting a newer vehicle and little things like organizing my top desk drawer. My list is FAR from complete, but it’s a start. In reality, my master to do list will NEVER be complete, not as long as I’m still breathing. However, it’s a starting point. It’s a list I can add to. It’s a list I can chip away at.
Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. —Bill Gates
- I defrosted my freezer.
- I recycled a pair of my husband’s jeans into a cross back apron. (a project that’s been sitting on my sewing pile for well over a year.)
- I started and FINISHED a craft kit that I bought back in May of last year.
- I read an ARC copy of Amy Stewart’s new book: Kopp Sisters on the March (Kopp Sisters #5).
- I read Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.
That’s SIX things checked off that I wanted to do.
I spent ZERO dollars working on this list.
Would I have worked on any of these things if I HADN’T taken charge and wrote them down on a MASTER to do list? Probably not. (Let’s be honest. it can take a LOT to motivate me! LOL) Did any of these tasks take a long time to do? Not really. Was anything especially difficult to accomplish? The most difficult thing I did this week was sewing the apron, a project that took ONE evening and ONE morning. Mind you, I put this off for a long time! (It’s NOT perfect and I’m okay with that.)
This week made me see that I waste a lot of time wishing and hoping instead of DOING. I tend to build tasks up and make them more difficult in my mind than they are in reality. I also tend to avoid tasks when I think I don’t have enough time to do them the “right way.” Perfectionism is my kryptonite!
So what have you been putting off? What task is begging for your attention?
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