I had all these wonderful ‘fresh start’ visions for the new year; lots of things I want to accomplish — completing an online course, reading the business books in my collection, blogging daily, writing my articles, maintaining my declutter routines.
But then, Sunday, December 30, my throat is hurting and I’m sneezing a lot. By New Year’s Day, I’ve got a fever and stuffy nose and not functioning at capacity. January 2nd, I slept most of the day. Today, it looks like I’m on the road to recovery; still a little weary, a little sniffly, but much better, thank you.
And I’m also mad. Why does this ALWAYS happen when I get revved up to be more productive? It seems like every time I try to be and do better, something gets in the way.
Why can’t things just be normal?
Did you catch that?
“Why does this ALWAYS happen when I get revved up to be more productive? It seems like every time I try to be and do better, something gets in the way.”
Obviously, this IS normal!
It’s easy to blame circumstances for our inability to accomplish the things we think we ought or would like to do. We think that we can do better when things “settle down.” Problem is, things never do seem to settle down. So our only alternative is to deal with it.
I may not have jumped into the new year as enthusiastically as I would have liked, but despite my hurdles, I did get some things done. For example, I:
- took my shower and got ready for the day. (I would have felt much worse, been even less productive, if I hadn’t done this.)
- washed the dishes.
- joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge and published my first post.
- monitored comments on my post.
- knitted a few rows on my current project.
- organized my knitting needles
- decluttered my yarn stash and organized the “keepers.”
These were all “low impact” tasks that I could handle with low energy and a stuffy head. Things I couldn’t do were study my online course, vacuum, mop, work on articles — pretty much anything that required concentration or strength. I had neither.
I challenge you to rethink why your are less productive than you like. Are you using current circumstances as a reason? If so, how likely are circumstances going to change in the near term to enable you to start toward your goals? Is it your circumstances that need to change or your expectations?
I’m starting to feel better. I’m breathing easier, my energy level is picking up. Tomorrow I may be back to normal…
Oh, wait, this IS normal!
Brenda Spandrio, The Declutter Lady