Unpausing

May. 1st, 2017 10:12 am
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[personal profile] jack
I don't want to count my chickens, but for the longest time, I've had the problem that when I have a day with no commitments, I feel like I have to take advantage of it and do all the things, and typically become overwhelmed by choice and expectation and end up doing not much.

Now, for almost the first time, I find that problem receding. I've no particular plans today, but I'm fairly confident, I'm going to spend a couple of hours hammering out miscellaneous todos, do some reading or watching tv, go for a walk outside, and maybe see Liv and Osos depending how busy we all are, and that's about all. Maybe I'll only do some of that, but that will still be good. But I don't fear I'll do *none* of that.

And that freedom makes it so much easier to do things -- to go for a walk or get into a project knowing that's time well spent, not time I intended to be doing something else.

I don't know if it will last, but despite a lot of angst about getting things done, I think having *some* month-by-month goals has been successful at making me feel *less* pressured.

Date: 2017-05-04 02:16 am (UTC)
corrvin: gray cat lying on the floor, text "I'll get right on that" (right on that)
From: [personal profile] corrvin
I find that if I make time to write my to-do list first instead of just jumping in first thing, I'm a lot better at organizing my progress.

Also, the illusion is that if you think of one thing at a time, all day you're thinking you can do everything you want and when you get to the last one at sundown, you're whooped. If you have a list of 10 6-hour projects and you get half done on two of them, you feel much more accomplished.