Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Motivational Paralysis

There are so many things that I would like to do more of. this list includes things that I do know how to do and things that I don't exactly know where to begin. It often puts me in a state of paralysis so that I don't know where to begin, so I wind up doing nothing and add it to my "bucket list".  And unfortunately the longer I live, the more things that pop up that I would like to do. Some of the things that I have done that used to appear on that list have been accomplished (like visiting Washington DC on the 4th of July), but they are the types of things that are single shot events, nothing that takes more commitment and resolve.

Here is a short list of some of the things that I would love to do or just do more of:

  1. Start a blog and stick to it. I love to write. It is my (easy) way of creating things. Since I no longer work in a manufacturing industry, it has become an outlet for me to express my creative side. I have started a couple of blogs (including this one) at different times and always find an excuse to stop, whether it be because I run out of ideas or time. I have tried different things from posting daily to weekly etc., but eventually there is always something more important to do or I have a brain cramp.
  2. Get in better shape. This is another one that takes time and energy. And I realize that the more energy that you expend the more energy you will have, but it sometimes is easier just to say the hell with it. I am also the type of person that gets easily distracted, so the Internet winds up sucking me in. I have tried different workout routines and running and cycling, but can't ever seem to stick with it.
  3. Start my own business. I have dreamed of being my own boss for a very long time, but never have quite the right idea, and don't know how to monetize. To top it off I have a job that pays well and a lot of bills (I have expensive taste) and my current job supports that. I have reconciled this one by telling myself that the retail store that I manage is like my own business, but somehow I don't think that I will get the same satisfaction out it.
  4. Be more social. This is one that is VERY difficult with my current job. I wind up spending about 3 hours a day driving, and 9+ hours a day working. That cuts out the hours between 7:30am and 8pm (sometimes later). I often have to rely on social media to stay connected with friends, which is OK, but there is nothing like face to face interaction.
  5. Become more organized. This one I have gotten better at, but I always seem to fall off the bandwagon at some point. Different methods and programs have come and gone, but I always revert to the circular file and my calendar for bill reminders. 
Essentially I think that what I have to do is prioritize, come up with a plan, and stick to it. Although I am not sure where to start….

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