“Monday morning productivity is my favourite to take part in. Setting myself up for a productive week, and laying out the plans to get things done, bring about a sense of accomplishment I can’t allow myself to part with for too long. Last week, I took some time to work through some identifiable anxieties surrounding the loss of my father. Sometimes, we go through moments where we just cannot perform the way in which we wish to, and we have to let go of the planner, the to-do lists, and the google calendar to stay sane. Not posting a blog post last week, as simple as it may sound, felt terrible. Though, it is important to remember that we are not machines, we cannot be 100% at all times, and we need moments to recharge. So that, when we do pick up again, we can be twice as productive. This is what this week feels like for me, it is entirely my “pick-up” week and I am ready to make the most out of it.”
There is the constant fear of not doing enough, of not performing the way you’ve envisioned you’d be, and instead of sitting down to do what you love, and crank out quality content that you’re proud of, you find yourself stuck. You fall into a rut, you forget why you’ve begun, and you just try to do the bare minimum. That is no way to continue. I know that I feel my best when I am doing the most, when I am getting things done, and when I am progressing towards my goal. Days that are littered with uninspired motives, are ones to work through, to push through so that you get to where you need to go.
Make Writing a Necessity
With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) slowly approaching, I have taken into account that I’ve done next to nothing to progress my writing in the last few months. I always say that I am going to make time, that I am going to sit down, forget about my writing insecurities, and just write. Though, more often than not, I find something else to occupy my time. Writers write. It is as simple as that. If I want to call myself a writer, I have to do more, I have to write regardless of what else is going on.
I’m notorious for starting a new project and not following through with it unless there is an impenetrable deadline attached to it. If you’re going to make a deadline, accept its outcome. Do not readjust the dates, or pawn off until tomorrow. If it gets completed, it gets completed. If not, acknowledge that. Procrastination is a terrible thing, especially where I am concerned. Changing bad habits is never easy, but it is doable.
Making time can be easy, actually getting it done, actually implementing all of those changes you want to make, now that is the hard part. I want to be doing the most to keep myself ahead of my writing schedule, I want to balance it with University, with all of my other responsibilities. It takes time, it takes effort, but it is all worth it in the end. I’m much more productive now than I was a few years ago, and I will continue to progress as long as these changes are properly implemented, and I acknowledge that they’re here to stay.