“What Are You Really Capable Of? Let’s Test the Waters, Shall We?”

“Oh how I love to put things off until it is nearly impossible to get absolutely anything done. It really is a terrible habit, one I’ve been trying quite desperately to shake. There are certain things that are present in my routine, that a few months ago would’ve felt like too much to take on, such as trying to get as much done in the given time as possible, for I’m aware of the days I have enough time to dedicate to my writing. However, there are times when I have to ask myself, “Am I pushing myself hard enough? Am I doing absolutely everything I can to make the most of my time?”

Free time can be an excruciating thing. I say that because I know how difficult it is to maintain a schedule when you don’t have much else to do. It can be a toss up between laying in bed all day telling yourself that you’ll eventually get up and do something, or getting up anyway (even though you probably wouldn’t want to) in order to get all of those things done. I’ve fallen in love with my lazy. So much so, when any free time presents itself, I find myself doing everything except all those that might actually benefit me in some way. 

I tend to keep track of my habits, and I feel very guilty when the week passes me by and I only manage to do the bare minimum (even though I probably had time to do more, but I did not). Lately, I’ve been a lot more inspired than usual, and that is something I need to nurture so that I can make the most of it while it lasts. Writing is never easy, but it is the most enjoyable thing I know of. It dawned on me as I set out to write a few shorts last week, that I spent so much of my time trying to cultivate realistic fiction I forgot how freeing it was to do things without any set of rules attached to it. It was almost as if I had lost all knowledge of my writing’s creative value as I tried to conform to societal norms. Though, it is never too late for rediscovery. 

THINGS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WEEK:

  • Write an absurd amount. Write every chance you get. Write during those moments you laze around in bed for hours with absolutely nothing to do, and nothing on your mind. (Make use of your time wisely).
  • Turn the computer off a bit earlier, or spend your time on it doing something other than browsing for a new pair of shoes. (EDIT YOUR NOVEL).
  • Go to bed a bit earlier too, you haven’t been sleeping enough (or too much).
  • Finish that short story.
  • Write a poem for that collection you’ve been so excited to start.
  • Don’t Waste Your Time. (Give it your all, your content won’t write itself). 

That little snippet might be something I’d like to start doing at the beginning of every week, and maybe a follow up at the very end to see how much of it I actually did accomplish. Now, that seems like a good idea. Keep writing, keep working, keep at it. We’ve all got to start somewhere.

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2 Comments

  1. ” I’ve fallen in love with my lazy.” Oh, how I can relate! I no longer work (retired) and I swear I wrote more when I did work. There’s something about the freedom to do it “later”. My only saving grace is the lists I make every morning. If I didn’t have a constant reminder, nothing would get done.

    • Anisa Nasir says:

      Exactly! I find that the more time I have, the more I put off, but when I know I have many other things to do, everything somehow gets done. I’ll need to start making a few lists every morning!

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