Just finished a conversation with a friend of mine who had some work she just didn’t feel like doing. Her expense reports that, when turned in, would get her a substantial refund on all the cash she’s laid out for her business expenses.
I asked her what the problem was and she said that she didn’t feel like doing it.
What universe exists where that has any valence whatsoever?
Our lives are filled with distractions, work, responsibilities, noblesse oblige, fun, joy and caca. How we handle it is what makes up the quality of our lives.
All that happens when you put something off is that it hangs over you like the sword of Damocles and shadows any other thing you might be doing. It decreases the amount of joy that you can take in any other endeavor. It spoils your fun, dammit.
Nothing takes the stress away more than getting done what you have to get done. After that you can truly relax. You cannot relax with it hanging over you. Get out of the shadows.
Make a list of the crap you have to get done. Prioritize it (by that I mean list it in terms of importance, deadlines, etc) and then start ticking it off.
When you get to the end of the list, go have a martini, champagne, go for a run, whatever it is that gives you joy. You just did something for them, now do something for yourself.
As a matter of fact, you can use that reward/carrot thing as a way to get yourself off your ass. Promise yourself that once you are done, you are going to have/do/see/ whatever gives you the most joy.
I know that I frequently don’t feel like practicing, but if I just get up and do it first, I end up not only enjoying it, but doing it longer than I thought that I would.
Everyone knows what is right; what is the right thing to do; what you should do, so just do it.
And yes, sometimes it feels great to just compartmentalize it and then go fishing. That’s okay too, unless that’s what you do everytime.
No decision is the worst decision you can make.
Now get off your ass and go do what you promised you would do.