I have a friend who is a great writer. She talks often about sitting in cafes, journal in hand and spending time leisurely at creative writing. She had a window seat built into her apartment as the perfect spot to curl up and write. When she talks about this, I get a clear mental picture of her writing, with a big ceramic coffee mug, a pen and a journal. It looks beautiful. The trouble is - I have never seen it happen in real life. Having just started a new job, she is busier than ever, working crazy hours, running home to do laundry, dinner, cleaning up. There is always something urgent to attend to and she, like many of us finds herself procrastinating on important tasks like writing.
I have another friend/client...(actually I have so many that fit this same pattern I have lost track...there's are good chance if you are reading this you see yourself in here) She emails me and texts every week. "Boy I really need a massage" "Boy I have to get in there soon" The we start to talk about dates.."what about tomorrow? No, I Would love to but I have to do something for my sister...The next day? Gosh, I wish I could, but I promised so and so I would.... and on it goes. We always talk, and it never happens.
We all do, I think: we know there’s something we should be doing that’s really important for our well being, emotional or physical or spiritual, … but there are other less important we do instead. Sometimes it a case of over committing to others, Or sometimes its just a time suck. We check our email, respond to messages, read news, find interesting things to read online.
It’s hard to motivate yourself when no one is breathing down your neck making you do the thing right now. Especially when there’s a world of fascinating things online, or a million little tasks you can do instead.
What can you do?
Here’s what I suggest:
I write about things that I myself need to be mindful of. ways in which I would like to improve. It is not from the perspective of preaching - but rather writing helps me work out what I myself need to do - we are all in this together.