Some days are easier than others. As I write this, it is six in the morning and I have no desire to do any school. We have been trying to sell our house and move and, so far, we have not managed it.
I don’t take well to transitions. If anything, this attempt has shown me my weaknesses: inflexibility, a certain lack of being able to tolerate hardship and a tendency toward depression.
Add in the holidays and it is a fatal combination for getting anything done.
The One Rule of Scheduling
One thing that has helped me is knowing this: we have limited time. And thus, we must have priorities. This one rule of scheduling has saved me hours of heartache.
Sure, I don’t always want to do what needs to get done. I’d much rather procrastinate or chase the shiny new thing that grabs my (current) interest.
But then I remember that I can’t do it all. I must choose.
The Good News
I know, I know. All that sounds awfully serious. Limited time, priorities – I might as well be your mom.
So here’s the good news: the fact that we don’t have all the time in the world means that when it’s time to have fun, we literally stay away from all work!
If something’s gotta give, when it’s time to play, it’s time to give up on work. The fact that you have already allotted a time slot for work means you are now free to spend your leisure time as you would like.
I have to remind myself of this often.
In the evenings and during my down time, I sometimes catch myself acting what I call “lazy.” I might be lazily thumbing through Instagram or Facebook.
“Get up and do something!” I hear my internal voice command.
But I tell it to shut up. Because this is what scheduling means. As long as I stay on task through the day, my leisure time can be indulged in guilt-free.
And so my weaknesses do not hold me back. Even through this difficult time.