I started reading a book to inspire myself to get off my ass and do something — tick another book off my reading list, finish writing the story I started working on (I am a reporter, I do it for a living), exercise every day, eat better and cook that meal on time.
(I like this blog… have a look)
And, what did I do? Well, I watched Grey’s Anatomy (hey, all the seasons are now available on Amazon Prime and it is extremely entertaining to watch Meredith fall for McDreamy, fight with him, patch up, fight again… I could go on and on. There are 13 seasons!)
I read another chapter, and it said scheduling all tasks (whatever works for you), even doing the nails or washing the utensils, helps in getting it done. I always keep scheduling the time for updating my blog, but when I opened it today I realised it has been more than two months!
And, you know what procrastination does? It makes you feel bad because you waste your time doing things that you need not, and then you feel guilty about not completing the tasks on your to-do list.
Whenever I look at successful people, I always wonder to myself, how do they get all that work done? I can’t even finish my 10,000 steps a day. What is their motivation? I keep reading interviews or books. I am inspired for a couple of days and then… back to business as usual.
Then, I realised something. Maybe, its because I am not scheduling my entertainment — watching TV, sketching, sleeping, having sex — that these activities spill on to my already overfull schedule. And, I end up doing nothing (because watching Grey’s Anatomy is more interesting than jogging on a treadmill).
Will keeping time for my fun activities help me in sticking to my work schedule? I don’t know. But, I sure as hell hope so.
I will let you know if it does 😉