Where Did The Day Go?
I’d planned to carry on with my cleanup today but just had one of those days where events conspired to keep me chained to the desk. This is not a habit I intend to get into again and I was sorely tempted to be bloody minded, stick to my plan and go anyway but the sensible thing was to stay put, keep grafting and thereby get ahead of the game so that I can put some extra time in tomorrow without stressing.
There’s no doubt that just sitting down and doing your work is immensely rewarding and that’s exactly what I did today. I’ve recently re-read a brilliant book by Steven Pressfield called ‘The War of Art’. I’d highly reccomend it to anyone who like me suffers from procrastination and resistance to doing what most needs doing. I have a quote from the book stuck to the wall next to my computer monitor and it goes like this:
What does Resistance feel like? First, unhappiness. We feel like hell. A low-grade misery pervades everything. We’re bored, we’re restless. We can’t get no satisfaction. There’s a guilt but we can’t put our finger on the source. We want to go back to bed; we want to get up and party. We feel unloved and unlovable. We’re disgusted. We hate our lives. We hate ourselves.Recognise that we will never cure this restlessness by succumbing to distractions and cheap easy fixes or contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit Inc, but only by doing our work.The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.Never forget: This very moment. we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second , we can turn the tables on Resistance.This second, we can sit down and do our work