Time flies when you do nothing

I have been meaning to blog sooner, I promise. But with holidays, a nasty cold that hung around for much longer than it was welcome, and getting caught up in the daily grind, it is now almost May.

Despite not really trying I have still been learning more about myself. I guess I now have the mind set of self discovery and improvement. It is the follow through with the actual doing that is hard. Much harder than I thought it would be.

I have all the good intentions in the world. I always have. But it is motivation I lack. This is not a new discovery to me. I have known this for quite some time. What I am yet to discover is how to break this. To be motivated. To do all of the things I want to do. Not just to find out about who I am, but things I want to do (e.g. get my drivers licence, clean up the spare room, create meal plans, cook more and the list goes on).

But despite all of these intentions, all I  find myself doing night after night, day after day, is the same boring routine of sitting in front of the tv or smart phone or tablet and veging. How do I change this? How do I become more motivated? How do I become a doer not just a thinker?

What do you do?

Were you like me? How did you change?

Please help!!!



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7 thoughts on “Time flies when you do nothing

  1. Lahnee

    I think you have done an amazing thing addressing it! You are amazing and someone telling you that is sometimes what you need. Also surround yourself with people that already do that. And set tasks try one tomorrow another the next don’t wait till monday do it now!

    hugs to you!

  2. Gokulan Gopal

    One at a time, Rachel. Just one at a time.
    pick one from the list and promise someone that you will do that by when. Then train them to hold you accountable for what you have said.
    I offer you to become your accountability partner, cuz I’m so annoying when people promise me and not to do so. Lol.

    1. Rachel Post author

      Gokulan, you are such a kind sweet wise person. I am so lucky to have met you and become your friend. I will hold you to the accountability partner thing when I have worked out some goals and deadlines.

  3. Fi Doyle

    I used to be like that. Sometimes I still can be. I got out of it by making lists. I’d list the things I wanted to achieve. Then I’d pick one and list how I could go about achieving it. If I found that I wasn’t achieving the things I wanted, I’d set reminders in my calendar and on my phone.

    I still procrastinate heaps but not nearly as much as I used to. It’s quite rewarding to earn the ticks as listed items get done.

    Find a groove that works for you and know that you can always ask for help and that your friends love you and want you to achieve all that you want for yourself.

  4. Rachel Post author

    Thanks all for your kind thoughts and suggestions.
    I think I do need to sit down and plan things out because at the moment it all seems overwhelming. Plus I need to set deadlines for myself. I have learnt from study that I need deadlines to achieve. Now I just need to give myself a deadline for the planning!!!

  5. Lisa Leo

    Lovely to see you blogging again! As always, a great read. And I hear you, it’s so hard to break from the daily grind and tackle those tasks that just become more and more overwhelming the longer you leave them :(. Some great suggestions in the comments. I especially like making lists, it’s a good way to bounce into action. My tip would be to break down some of the goals you want to achieve into more manageable chunks. For example (and I’m thinking of our spare room here!): clean spare room might involve a few steps- clear away everything on the bed, sort through the boxes under the window, tidy up the desk etc. This way you get to tick 3 things off your list too instead of just one! A small thing I know but every little trick helps I reckon. If you want to do some of your list items on a Friday, Dante and I could come over and entertain Miss Abi for you (hang out in your excellent play space or we could go to the library for rhyme time).