Productivity

You know what kind of day it’s going to be when you have to put a reminder to shower on your to-do list. But I’m happy to be busy, happy to be doing something. I have realized lately that I don’t like spending large amounts of time doing things that will ultimately have no results to show, that will not further me in some way. For instance, I’ve never really understood the desire to drink to the point of making yourself sick and causing you to spend the next day recovering. It just feels like a lot of lost time to me. So much time that could have been used to DO something like homework or writing or music or art or whatever.

But don’t get me wrong. I enjoy relaxing. I am more than happy to spend an afternoon marathoning a TV show. Yesterday I worked on my knitting while watching Across the the Universe. It was great.

However, I’ve sort of had this wake up call about what I’m doing with my life. I’m very into thinking about the future and where I’m going with my life. I have some big goals, like become a published author. That’s something you can’t achieve in a couple days. That’s years of hard work. I realize this.

It wasn’t until I saw an old post on Instagram by Alex Lyman of Hearts & Hands that I realized what pursuing your dreams meant. It means you need to be working hard for it daily, and really committing to practicing your craft. The post made me realize how little time I’ve been giving to my writing recently. Sure, I’m taking three writing intensive courses this semester, but to be honest, the workload isn’t too bad. There’s been a lot of downtime, nights where I didn’t have a writing assignment to work on. Similarly, I’ve been putting my time toward things that don’t amount to much in the real world like Sims3 games and what not.

With that realization, I’ve been making a conscious effort the past two days to make sure I’m giving at least an hour each day to my own writing projects. And since I’m also trying to learn how to knit, I’ve been making myself spend an hour knitting each day. So far, it feels really great to put that time aside and use it for something beneficial. I’m hoping that I can slowly restructure other parts of my life to be more productive toward my goals in life.

So here’s to a productive day! Happy Sunday, friends! 🙂

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