Life has been kicking my butt lately. I’ve got a lot of things going on (I know, who doesn’t?) and I am not using my time effectively.
I’m not sure when I got lazy, but I just don’t seem to be as productive as I used to be. 10 years ago I got a lot more accomplished in a day than I do now. I mean, yes, I’m 10 years older (and tireder!) but I still need to get things done. My motivation has taken a vacation, though.
Another facet of my OCD is that I like routines. Routines keep me busy and feeling balanced. So on days that I don’t have a routine, or that I don’t really have to follow one, I find myself doing a lot of nothing. Which can be nice, but then I’m left feeling guilty because I didn’t get all the things I wanted to done.
Most of the things I want to accomplish are personal goals, so I don’t have someone in my ear or over my shoulder making sure I meet deadlines. With my willpower heading out for summer vacation early, my guilt is eating at me lately.
So I’m trying something new. Go me! I’ve long subscribed to the theory that you can do anything for 15 minutes. Can’t find the motivation to (insert task here)? Just do it 15 minutes at a time. What I usually discover is that my dread of whatever the task is has made it seem overwhelming and hugely time-consuming, when in fact, it probably doesn’t take much more than the 15 minutes I’ve committed.
Like this blog post, for instance. I wrote several posts and scheduled them ahead of time, so my self-imposed deadlines for writing more came and went without any new posts. But once I sat down to write, it actually went pretty quickly.
I’m still trying to figure out this whole online business thing (and failing), but life is providing motivation. Bills don’t pay themselves and money doesn’t grow on trees (more’s the pity), so I’m gonna have to buckle down and get busy. Let’s hope my willpower returns from vacation soon!