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This has been such an odd week! Mike and I were so looking forward to our trip to Hawaii because it followed a month of madness. We were running around like maniacs trying to get everything done. Since we’ve gotten back from Hawaii, things have been much quieter.
So much so, that I find I’m losing motivation to do certain things. Before we left for Hawaii, I was on such a tight schedule. Every time I turned around, there was something I had to do in order to get everything done. Now, what is likely a normal pace feels slow to me. I’m really having to dial-back my gears, but it’s taken a toll on me.
When I don’t have structure and a plan for the day, my body starts to shut down. I feel tired and lackluster and my motivation levels drop to below-average. Instead of getting done the few things I actually need to get done, I do nothing at all.
It’s taking me a while to strike a productivity balance – learning how to get a few things done at a time without feeling the need to take on the world. And vice-versa, learning how to take down-time for myself without doing nothing the entire day. I tend to swing to one extreme or the other.
How do you find balance?
I’ve learned that the start to my day will usually dictate how the rest of my day unfolds. If I have a good breakfast and accomplish something early, it usually sets the tone. I’ve given myself a jump-start to the day, and for some reason, I usually feel better. If I start slow and sluggish, it usually won’t get much better from there.
Yesterday was an especially slow day. I was feeling so tired and lazy the entire day at work. When I got home, I decided to make dinner. It’s amazing how choosing to do one thing can really turn your day around. My brain was stimulated by the creativity involved in cooking, and I was re-energized. I cleaned the house, watched some TV, and even wrote up a prompt to an application for a writing program.
Sometimes, when you’re feeling lazy, the hardest thing to do is force yourself to do SOMETHING – but it can be just the thing you need to turn your day around.