I’ve been falling behind on a lot of things lately: haven’t been writing, reading, researching or publishing according to a schedule I created.
This schedule allowed me to jog, not sprint, through these activities. Yet, I still fell behind.
So today I decided to examine everything that’s been neglected. I looked at my draft publications and publication plans, reviewed by reading list to figure out how many pages I need to read to catch up.
I evaluated my personal vision statement for revisions and motivations. Then started getting back to reading blog posts for blogs I follow and others I don’t.
I do read your posts and they help me think about goals and where I want to take my intellectual journey.
There was a reason why I wanted to do these things yet I needed a reminder why. These things I want to get done, and it’s nice to bring them to a close, that’s a reward unto itself.
Yet, the real benefit is how smoothly everything else goes from this point on. Getting back on track is a great feeling, it envigors motivation and inspires looking forward to continuing the journey.
It changes that nagging feeling we get when things are postponed or neglected into the satisfaction of completion.
Though this experience should serve as a warning to us. When things build up and are neglected, it can result in stress and anxiety. It does this by growing into an almost unconquerable mountain of things that were once a joy are now a chore.
So the overall lesson from my neglect is to make the time to handle these little things, to keep the marathon pace and not a sprint.
Keep track of the things you want to do, the things you need to do, and give yourself enough time to complete these tasks.
It’s helpful to make a list of tasks that, if completed, would give you a feeling of accomplishment, and start completing these tasks. Don’t worry about perfection, just keep going.
In the end, we can find great rewards with how you feel afterward or the following days. Though we should remember not to judge ourselves by accomplishments alone. That can leave us with only a few things to evaluate ourselves against and create a feeling that we are lacking.
The goal is to look at ourselves as a whole person and not only our accomplishments.