I don't know about you, but the only times I succesfully extricate myself from this sort of woe-begone Procrastination-Funk is with a pep-talk, and not just any pep-talk. I can't be told that everyone else got further today, or that I'm wasting valuable time, or that the sucessful people are working right now, and that's why they're sucessful.
What inspires me to work is gentle encouragement. And because sometimes that's hard to find, or you forget about it when you most need it, I have for you today a list of reasons why you should never, ever, ever give up and just frump. Bookmark this page if you need to; this is your procastination pep-talk. :)
1. YOU ARE ENOUGH. YOU ARE SO ENOUGH. IT'S UNBELIEVEABLE HOW ENOUGH YOU ARE.
Often we feed ourselves the lie that we aren't good enough, that our past failures mean our future can't be full of successes, and these insecurities flare up on days we don't want to do anything. Remember you are a beloved child of God. Remember you are loved more than you can fathom.
2. YOUR TRACK RECORD OF MAKING IT THROUGH DAYS LIKE THIS IS 100%.
You've made it this far, and you've never been defeated by a sluggish day. Don't give up now.
3. START WITH THE GOOD THINGS
Don't make a list of everything you need to do: make a list of the things you love. From there, work toward your ambitions, your dreams. Let them be wild and entirely unattainable, or let them be completely humble and quiet - be honest with yourself.
4. A SMALL STEP IS STILL A STEP
Do the smallest, easiest task first. Grab some chocolate, some tea, some coffee or whatever you know gives you a pep in your step, and accomplish something - anything - just to have one box checked off on that to-do list and to be moving. Work your way to the bigger things, but start small.
5. MOANING NEVER MADE ANYONE PRODUCTIVE
The last thing to do is whine about your problems. Scribble your thoughts in a journal or somewhere discreet, and get over with it. Spill them out on the page and then lock the gate to your mind, because you don't need those negative thoughts polluting your headspace.
6. THERE IS PURPOSE IN THE STRUGGLE
Life has never been perfect, nor has it ever been easy. Trust that there is purpose in everything, and that it is human nature to be fallible. You're not the only one, but what distinguishes the success stories from the others is not that they didn't have off-days, it's that they didn't allow the off-days to overcome the on-days. Work through it if you can, and if you can't,
7. TAKE A NAP
Sometimes the best way to refresh your perspective, make you more productive and rejuvenate you is a simple nap. It feels like you're wasting more time, but if you can relax your body enough to sleep, even just lightly for 20 minutes, you will find you're much more productive in twenty minutes than you would have been in an hour without that break to push you. Think of it as purposeful procrastination.
All the best, friends. <3 p="">3>