For the past few months I have been having a hard time getting the things done that I planned. I had posts planned for February. Work out goals to meet and then post about. Graphic design clients to get. Freelance work to do.
And none of it got done.
I was sick off and on for a solid 2 months and while I would love to use that as an excuse for not meeting my goals I just can’t. The weird thing is I had a VERY productive past few months, just not doing the things I wanted to be doing. I felt motivated in other areas and focused on that while I guilt tripped myself over not doing the ever growing todo list. The procrastinator in me was very pleased by this.
What DIDN’T get done
(and why I am okay with this outcome)
Working out (I was sick so that was really not going to happen, yet every work out that I missed I felt bad about)
Reading before bed,
Any blog posts,
finishing my design website,
getting consistent with social media,
getting up early/morning routine,
and so many little things that were forgotten
Why am I okay with this?
I realized that every single thing on that list did not actually need to get done right now. They can all wait! All those insane deadlines that I created for myself are very flexible. I was just being way too hard on myself and needed to focus on other things. My body literally said “NO” I got sick and could not find the motivation to do anything on this list. So unknowingly it created a list on it’s own that I knew nothing about. The things it was going to allow me to focus on, by playing it’s weird mind games on me…
(I am really anthropomorphising my subconscious here… )
What DID get done
One of my future month’s goals (read about monthly resolution planning here) was to work up to meditating for 10 min every day. That was a focus for June, months and months away! Over the past month I not only worked my way up to 10min a day, but also managed to stretch each morning to get to the point of meditating in a full lotus pose! Take that inner procrastinator!
TONS of planning
Because I couldn’t do, I consumed! I did a lot of research in that time since I didn’t have the energy to actually do the things. I read. I learned. I planned. I have the rest of my goals for the rest of the year planned out. I have some big awesome stuff coming up for the blog in the next few months that is scheduled an on my calendar because of this planning. AND I am so super stoked to get started on them!
Got inspired and motivated! To declutter!
A friend of mine recommended a book about tidying and I ate it up! I was so frustrated with getting nothing done recently and so motivated by this book that I got rid of 4 HUGE garbage bags of stuff, and I am only getting started! I am posting all my updates with that on my instagram if you are interested in following my decluttering adventure. Come check it out!
What I learned
The next few months I am focusing on following my motivation. While there are a ton of things I have to get done (taxes, work, sleeping) there are also many many things that can wait. I want to have the freedom to do the things I am motivated to do in the moment and not guilt myself so much over the things that motivate me less. This means getting a few buffer items in place and working towards being more go-with-the-flow on a daily basis. I also plan on straight up cutting things out of my plan if I just can’t muster the motivation I once had for them. I will no longer waste my time dwelling on stuff I don’t really care about.
If you are struggling with this too, let me know in the comments what you are doing NOW to fix it!
I will be your accountability partner! 😉
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