In the last couple of weeks, I’ve felt like a huge procrastinator.
I am going to cut me some slack right here, because after all I’ve been semi-sick for the last 8 days (sick enough to feel crappy and exhausted, but not sick enough to stay at home and really take some time to recuperate), but remember, I am an adult and responsibilities don’t go away just because I am sick.
I feel like I am literally behind on everything. The apartment is a mess. The kitchen floor needs to be mopped bad, the apartment has to be vacuumed (hello dust-bunnies!), there are papers to be filed and claims to be submitted (remember the time when I got stuck in London?), I have some letters to reply to and birthday cards to send out. If I owe you an email – please be patient, I’ll get to it.
As you might now, I am a list maker. So, it’s not like I don’t have all these things written down. Having a list usually makes me stick to my list, but as of late, it’s not working. What good does a list do, if I don’t check things off that list?
In my defense, I managed to go grocery shopping and do the laundry last weekend. (The bare minimum will always get done!) I even printed out claim forms and receipts and sorted some papers, but most of the time I found myself curled up on the couch under a big warm blanket, that I’d have gladly just pulled over my head for the rest of the day, just thinking how much I had to do, but unable to get anything done. The silver lining: I used the time (that I don’t have) to watch some mindless TV (I think, three chick flicks total) and that was lovely and relaxing (maybe just what I needed?).
I think, it might be what we call “Frühjahrsmüdigkeit” (spring time lethargy) in German. The only problem with my theory is: it’s not even spring yet!
How do you motivate yourself when you’re not motivated?
I decided that I’ll take 5 minutes tonight …
- to pick up five things and put them where they belong.
- to empty the bathroom garbage bin.
- to sweep the kitchen.
- answer three pressing emails.
- throw out three old items from the refrigerator.
I know these are only little things (that aren’t even all on my list), but it’s a start and I know it’ll make me feel better.
Which 5 things could you take care of when you get home tonight?