It’s 8.00pm on Wednesday evening and I’ve been ‘thinking’ about my next blog for the last few days. I have highlighted thinking because at the end of the day that’s all it’s been – until now that is because I have started typing. I have taken action and started writing again.
And it feels great. It will feel even better when I hit the publish button and actually post this entry.
One positive to come out of letting my writing lapse is I decided to find out why, and it came down to a couple of things. I didn’t follow my plan and other stuff became more important.
I call it stuff because when I began analysing how I was spending my time I was surprised (and horrified). There are so many things I love to do, want to do and have to do and there are only so many hours in a day – 24 to be precise; so many days in a week – 7, and so many weeks in a year – 52. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
How many of you have ever said, “I don’t have time”, or “I wish I had more time”? I have, and in fact I heard myself saying it over the weekend. What some of you may not realise (or are not prepared to admit) is that these lines are excuses. They are reasons you use because you don’t want to do something.
I could go on about ‘time management’ next, that’s the line that’s generally thrown around when we don’t complete stuff or concentrate on the wrong stuff. But I’m not going to because time management isn’t the issue – the issue is what you choose to spend your time on. Maybe ‘choice management’ would be a better term for it.
Next time you find yourself continually asking ‘why’ you haven’t done something, stop. Stop asking why you haven’t done it, and instead look at what you have been doing instead. Beating yourself up for not doing it will only make it worse. We all love to do what makes us feel good. In fact I’d be willing to bet that the things you don’t get finished aren’t things you enjoy.
I’ll be honest and tell you now the unfinished jobs on my to do list definitely aren’t jobs I enjoy, but I will say that when I finally get around to finishing one of these jobs I feel great. The weight of the world – or in my case the weight of an incomplete job – is lifted from my shoulders and removed from my thoughts and I can get on and do the things I really enjoy.
Interestingly blogging is something I do enjoy, so it has been placed back up the list where I think it should be. So stay tuned, it won’t be so long between drinks. Sweet dreams xx