Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Quotable

Lately, I find myself constantly consumed with my "busy-ness." In other words, I often find myself using it as an excuse not to get through my to-do list--especially when it comes to promises I've made to myself. Exercise, working on my book, blogging, working on new jewelry designs, meditating...all of it falls prey to my so-called busy life.

When I saw today's quote, it wasn't a new revelation. It's something I've had to remind myself of before. I need to stop saying, "I'm too busy" or "I'm exhausted. I'll work on _________ tomorrow." If I really look at myself, I realize I am being lazy. Yes, I am busy. Like most people, I work a full time job that takes up well over 40 hours a week. I also volunteer, which requires after work meetings and "homework" several times a month. When I get home most days, I want to grab dinner, put on PJs and hit the bed for hours of mindless entertainment (TV, Candy Crush and reading). Yet, I also want a different life driven by my creative passions. Clearly, I can't get there when my passions are sitting on the shelf waiting for me to finish watching Orange is the New Black, Ray Donovan, True Blood, Love & Hip Hop, Breaking Bad, Real Housewives of...everywhere, etc., etc., ad nauseum. 

The truth is, you make time for what you think is important. Yes, I love getting lost in a good (or ridiculously dramatic...or just down right ratchet) TV show/movie/book but none of the time spent on that is going to get me to where I want to be. It's time to get my priorities back in line.

So, I have a plan. You know me. I need action items (pardon the corporate speak). Here's what I'm doing:

1. Blogging: I'm doing a month long blogging challenge to get my posting schedule in line (31WRITENOW). It's time to turn my 5 page list of ideas into actual posts.

2. Exercise: I asked Ash to wait until the evening to work out so we can go together. I need someone to hold me accountable.

3. Jewelry: I have a whole notebook of ideas and sketches. I am aiming to make one piece per week.

4. Book: I am resuming my 30 minutes a day writing schedule. I stopped when I got writer's block. I need to power through it even if at the end of 30 minutes I hate what I've written and have to scrap it.

5. Meditation: I'm doing another Chopra Center 21-day meditation challenge starting today.

What do you do to get yourself back on track when you start sacrificing the things that matter for the things that come easy (like laying in bed and watching TV)? 

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