Wednesday, October 05, 2022

What Do You Do When You Don't Feel Like Doing Anything?

Today is one of those days where I don't feel like doing anything.

I find this often happens when I have a day (or days) where I have to spend a lot of time at the barn.  Today I got up early for a farrier appointment for my horses, so by the time I finished the appointment, fed Panama, waited for him to finish eating, and came home, my brain pretty much felt like puree.  It doesn't help either that I have no client assignments right now, so I have no deadlines to motivate me.

Writing a blog post isn't "doing nothing," I suppose, but it's like a writer cleaning the house when they've got writer's block: It's the path of least resistance, and easy to do when you don't feel like doing anything, yet want to feel like you did something.

There are definitely things I could be doing.  I haven't done much marketing this week - despite my good intentions, every day seems to get away from me before it should.  I also need to work on catching up on expense reporting, which means going through emails and receipts to put them into my spreadsheet.  (I used to keep up on this every year, and haven't in a long time, but I want to this year to make the next tax season easier.)

I could also be working on a massive cleaning and organizing project I've been chipping away at, a little bit every day.

Right now, though, all of it seems overwhelming, so I'm taking a little while to humor my desire to do nothing.

I know there will be lots to catch up on later.  And I know I can't humor these moods all the time.  But right now, I've got a moment, and nothing utterly pressing to do, so instead of procrastinating and feeling terrible about it, I'm allowing myself a little time.

What about you?  What do you do when you don't feel like doing anything?  Do you have tricks for pushing through, or have you found it's best to give yourself some time, as I have?

Note: While a lot of people might interpret doing nothing as being "lazy," take note of my last post, on burnout.  I've definitely found it's for the best if I listen to myself when I'm feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated.

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