I can't believe Friday is already here! This week flew by, probably partly because of how busy it was, and how much it kept changing.
It's kind of a dreary, lazy Friday, though, and I'm not sure how much I'll be getting done today. It's the kind of day where I just want to curl up with a book or my computer, and not necessarily run around working on house projects... which is what I should be doing. I did run a couple of errands earlier, but now that I'm home, my motivation is sapped.
Does anyone else find their motivation either boosted or undermined by weather? I'm a Colorado girl through and through, so I find it really difficult to focus on dreary days. I'm so accustomed to all that sunshine, all the time. On sunny days I feel much more energized. Dark, cloudy days and that soundtrack of rain on the roof just make me want to sleep or read or snuggle up in a blanket.
I don't want to get nothing done today, though, so this is how I've been approaching the day:
- Revising expectations. Okay, I know I'm not going to get a lot done today. I'm just going to have to acknowledge that and change my plans accordingly. I figure I won't get everything I'd planned done regardless, so being hard on myself will accomplish nothing. Worse, it may demotivate me further.
- Prioritizing. When I realized how much I was dragging, I quickly cut a few less important things from my list. No sense in cluttering up the list and making myself feel worse. Looking at a busy to-do list is the equivalent of a writer staring at a blank page. It makes it that much harder to get started.
- Reducing scale. Once I triaged my to-do list for the day, I've been trying to think of bite-size things I can do. One of my most effective techniques for getting things done when I don't feel like it is to set out to do just one task, or just a few minutes' worth of work. Usually by the time I've finished that task or time frame, I've thought of something else I want to do, and I keep going. And even if I don't, hey, I've still accomplished more than I would have done otherwise.
- Rescheduling. I've already pretty much decided that this weekend is going to be used as overflow for what I wanted to get done and didn't. The things I was originally planning to do this week have been shifted to next weekend, and a few things I was going to do on the weekend I just postponed to next weekend. Fortunately it sounds like the weather this weekend should be good, so hopefully my motivation will be too!