I’ve fallen far behind on my posts. Over the past few days, I’ve been struggling with major productivity issues.
It started well. But life got me side-tracked. That being said, I did manage to clean up Act 2 of my screenplay and being work on the 3rd. I’ve also gotten a bit of outlining done for my new project. Despite these minor accomplishments, I’ve really come to expect more from myself.
I’m the first to usually say that we shouldn’t put unnecessary pressure on ourselves and that we should never be disappointed in or be too hard on ourselves if we fail to accomplish our goals as long as we aren’t also putting obstacles in our own way. And that’s the real problem. I’ve been challenging myself unduly the past few days. There are real issues that I’m contending with — nothing I want to drown you in, and nothing that I know I can’t overcome — but I can also make those matters worse for myself. It’s a cycle I fell into a few years back. I’m aware now of what I’m doing. Which is good, because I can put a stop to it before it gets too far.
I realize that the above paragraph probably reads more as rambling than logical reasoning, so let me try to explain it a different way.
Life happens. Whether we’re writers or lawyers. Artists or scientists.. Soldiers or teachers. Life happens and it will interfere in what we hope to accomplish. Sometimes, these happenings are family related, sometimes they are friends. Sometimes it’s issues that are wholly our own. Sometimes it’s larger than life matters like the kind we’re facing now in the world. Whatever they are, the ultimate truth is that we cannot prevent these situations from arising and affecting our day to day plans without completely withdrawing from the world.
I’ve always accepted that life will get in the way every now and then. I can choose to get stressed when they interfere with deadlines I’ve set for myself or I can make the decision to admit defeat and not try to steal what time I can and work around those moments I have no control over. I can accept that some events are out of my control and make an effort to grasp those that are and do my best to make them count.
I need to remind myself to not be my own antagonist, to not seek to foil my plans. Fear and anxiety are part of the motivations for this self-destruction. But I can be stronger than that. I can be better than that.
I have to find the motivation to write, to do well by myself, to not create more obstacles when life is already doing a fine job of throwing curveballs my way.
If you’ll take anything from the above rambling, I hope it’s that you realize life is full of unexpected challenges that will prevent us from pursuing our absolute happiness. We can’t avoid them, but we can be strong enough to accept that distractions will happen, deal with them with strength and confidence, and then find a deeper motivation to grab hold of the time we can and be our most productive selves.
Don’t create barriers for yourself. Believe in yourself and find the courage to succeed.
What are your thoughts on the distractions in life? How do you deal with those unexpected moments that interfere with your pursuits? Leave a comment and let’s share encouragement.
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,