PART REMINDER to self, part reminder to you the reader.
Do you ever get stuck in a cycle of procrastination? Of course you do. You’re human – although it is 2020 – a robot or software programme reading this is totally feasible. In which case /^%/÷_÷€¥,,÷£.
Your mind is a lake. Lake’s have mosquitoes, ugly carp and they can freeze. Keep it flowing by taking a minute to get a tributary flowing and freshen up.
It’s incredibly easy to forget basic things we know to be true. And writing stuff down is really a vital component of that. Write a list. On paper. On a board. On your skin. Whatever. Just don’t do it digitally. There’s simply no link between the tactile writing element that you get with your hand and pen which is crucial to the process. And having written it down there it is.
In beautiful or disgusting personal cursive, or capitalised if you’re a psychopath (kinda not really – don’t believe every pop-psych study you read) your idea, your plan, your blueprint for world domination is there to see. From your hand you have vomited out the idea from your mind into reality. You can see it. Anyone else can see it too if it’s not being kept under wraps. It exists!!!
Ergo (finally a chance to use one of the ten latin words I know) the idea(s) has a chance of actually happening. Until you get it out your neurons it’s simply a thought but when you see it there in ink or pencil or…blood, it has come into being and has legitimacy even if it looks like shit.
Sometimes, it feels like even 10 minutes set aside is more than you have. That’s just bullshit – you know it and so do I. Don’t lie to yourself. Instagram can fuck off as well as any other nonessential media or distraction. To think fast you need to think slow from time to time to flip the great psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s book title.
Put on some relaxing Japanese music or whatever your fancy, pause the world that owes you nothing, focus on today and the future and do it. Or don’t. But you know you should. It’ll boost your productivity, trust me.
Enjoy your day.