Procrastination. Something we all do and something most of us beat ourselves up about. In fact, I was doing exactly that when this post appeared in my inbox. It wasn’t that I had done anything that day, but I hadn’t done what I should have. So, this was comforting to me, and I think it will be to you, too. Here’s Laura’s positive spin on things.
Yesterday was my super Sunday. I was pumped for all the work I was going to do, all the words I was going to write and how good this would make me feel. I love days like this, the sun shining it makes our flat glow, the breeze flows through the window and I’m so content. I’ve got the whole day to myself, its infinite possibility stretches out in-front of me. It is so precious. Anything can happen. I’m smiling and ready to go then suddenly this ugly green monster rolls out from under the bed, his face is terrifying, with big black holes for eyes and tentacles for arms. He loves slowing everything down. The monsters name is procrastination. I run around trying to hide from him all day. It was no use.
Here’s a list of everything I did before I sat down and started some work:
- Made waffles from scratch (a lot of waffles with extra golden syrup).
- Made homemade toasted chickpeas, just because.
- Cleaned the old coffee machine. Cleaned new coffee machine and switched them over. Made a lot of coffee. Got headache from drinking all the coffee.
- Prepped two meals
- Cleaned kitchen (after all this cooking)
- Watched 5 episodes of greys anatomy (season 10 FYI – anytime you want talk to me about Greys, holla at me)
- Finished making a picture board for a party (glitter everywhere)
- Vacuumed said glitter
- 2 loads of washing (including all our tea towels on hot wash, why?)
- Laid out my coloured pens (an essential when working)
- Read BCC news, twice
- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for 8767779 hours
- Spoke to my mom
- Sorted my bag for work tomorrow
- Cleaned my desk
Wow, I’m exhausted just writing the list. Sometimes, I’m stuck between validating my days by ‘getting things done’ and letting myself work on my dreams. Dare I spend the day working on my blog or writing the book that I know is waiting? Imagine, if I’d put all that energy into writing all day? Why’s it so hard to sit down and work on what we really want? Why is it so painful, when it’s all I think about? Why are we scared to invest in ourselves and our ideas?
Steven Pressfield’s book, “The War of Art” is incredible. It looks at the invisible force that we know as resistance and how it creates blocks when we are getting to the really ‘good stuff’, the really creative work, it’s the fear of success, just as much as failure. “Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from us from doing our work”. – Steven Pressfield.
But we can’t let procrastination and resistance get in the way of our beautiful creative work.
So when you have a day that drags and pulls you in all directions, face that green monster and say, “I’m here now and that’s what counts”.
Even if we just push for that 1% improvement, that 1% achievement, that 1% of work. Moving forward with our goals. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there, all that matters is you’re there, you made it. You showed up.
I’m learning to be proud of what I achieve in my day. You should too. Whether you made it out of bed on a day when the clouds were grey and hung over a heavy heart – or you wrote a 1000 words or you just made it to work on time. You’re out there, working on your dreams, getting through the day and that is amazing. You showed up!
Laura Stroud – Chief Storyteller at Stories from a Backpack.
I believe the best stories come from a backpack. We all have beautiful stories to tell and I’m creating a place that is full of inspiring stories and travel adventures. Travel changed my life, it changed how I view the world and what I value, I’m turning that into a lifestyle. The world is waiting to hear your story…
Something pretty exciting happened in last week’s guest post – did you see it?