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Is it hard to get your day started?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I woke up today a little later than usual (9:30 am) weekend time, and thought about all the things I had to do:
(1) take care of the animal babies;
(2) clean the litter box (yuck);
(3) clean house;
(4) respond to some work e-mails;
(5) spearhead organization of a trip;
(6) run;
(7) buy groceries . . .

all before church tonight.

I didn't particularly want to do any of it, and my impulse was to sit on the couch and watch just one short episode of a new documentary on Netflix.

Just one.

Yeah, right.

Before I started the show, I reminded myself that the to-do list wasn't going to go away, and that the episode would be there for me to watch later. I literally told myself to start out by completing my daily micro goals (vitamins, mouthwash, listen to a get-up-and-go song), and then I made a new to-do list.

Well, now I'm updating my spark blog with a cup of tea, and I've gotten ALL my stuff done, AND MORE, except for the run, which is happening next.

I've spent some time this week figuring out why--even though I thrive in a structured, organized environment--I have such trouble creating one for myself

So, I took some personality assessment tests and think I got some answers. According to the results, I love to work on theory and systems (very true) and tend to be a "big picture" person. The test analysis says that people who like to create systems have a desire to investigate every single option before they make a decision, which can mean that they have difficulty beginning projects.


Flashback to this morning. I realized what was bothering me was that I had so much to do, that in my head, I was running through possible ways to organize my day and thinking about what would happen in a billion different contingencies, like "What if I find accommodations for the trip, and no one responds to my e-mails in time, how can I possibly confirm? Should I save that for tomorrow?"

Even though I wasn't conscious initially of what I was doing, I definitely went through way too many "if, then" analyses, and I became so overwhelmed that, instead of doing something, I was just about to sit down and do nothing.

I'm so glad I didn't choose to do nothing. Because now, I feel great. emoticon

My micro goals are really helping to give me a place to "start" everyday. And I think this episode teaches me that if I continually fail at doing something, it it worthwhile to put time investigating the "why."
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    1854 days ago
    Great blog. Good for you for taking control. I really really enjoy watching shows on Netflix. I start each day on the treadmill walking and watching something. I do not do well jogging and watching so I decided it was ok to walk on an incline while watching.

    Great job with your tasks!!
    1854 days ago
    Congrat on chosing to do something!

    I try to start my day with a prioritized list of what I need to do each day. I love to tick things off of my list, even if I just do a few, it is better than none.

    1854 days ago
    Good for you! SOmetimes we just have to push ourselves to get up and go, but when we do we feel great about it!
    1854 days ago
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