But now that I've publicly admitted to the fact that I like to write stuff, I feel like people will KNOW if I, say, spend three hours making iTunes playlists for each of my protagonists rather than, y'know, actually writing anything. Not that I do that. *ahem*
So this new-found accountability helps me work harder, which is great. I was thinking about this today, and I wondered if I could use it to help me get other things done in my life as well. I'm sure we all have a list of things we're always intending to get done... this month, or next month, or the month after that. Mine is quite a long list, and it's starting to seriously bug me.
|I couldn't find a relevant photo for this post so here's a picture of me being a douchebag in a hotel room, circa last summer.|
- Save up some money to go shopping, outside of my tiny hometown, upon that date. I am sick to death of looking in my wardrobe and thinking 'blah'.
- Clear out the things I already have. This is an ongoing project. I have been clearing out for a couple of years, quite literally, but I work in a secondhand shop and clearly have some sort of hoarding problem so as fast as I get rid of things I don't need, I buy some more. I have some great things that I love to wear, but I can't find them amidst the heaps of other crap that have accumulated. I am going to actually finish clearing out my wardrobe, so that I have some space to start again with more of what I love. As opposed to things that I have bought because I was bored, or sad, or latching on to a random fad that caught my attention for 0.2 seconds.
- Go on a media diet. I spend a lot of time online looking for style inspiration, and whilst this can be a good and helpful thing, I feel like I'm overdoing it. My poor brain is bombarded with so many different ideas and influences that sometimes when I'm actually shopping I'm not sure what I really like or would be happy to wear. I'm hoping that if I take a bit of a break from Tumblr, Pinterest, magazines and blogazines I might have a better chance of buying things that fit my own, personal style. I will also have more time to devote to the other items on this list!
- Get some regular exercise. I started going to yoga classes last year and loved it, but had to quit when my work schedule changed. I have a stack of DVDs so that I can continue my practise at home. I'd also like to take up running again. And probably I should do some squats as well. (Do she got the booty? No, she don't.) I know that confidence has to start from within (it's a cliche because it's true) but I do want to feel fabulous and amazing in my new clothes, and let's face it, moving occasionally might help with that.
- Meditate. Regular meditation is something I'd love to take up, but for some reason I keep saying I'll do it when I've finished clearing out, or when I've achieved this or that random thing. Procrastination! Needs to stop.
- Pick up my guitar. I have two lovely guitars (an electric that was a present from my dad, and an acoustic that belonged to Gudrun, my grandma) which I hardly ever touch. It would be nice to learn how to play more than a few chords.
I'm hoping that, by giving myself a concrete list of things to start doing, and a date by which I want to be doing them, I can start living the way I want to and stop self-sabotaging. And by writing it down here, I will have to come back and admit to you guys on Wednesday, June 3rd, if I have continued to be incredibly idle over the next two months. >.<
What about you guys? How do you procrastinate? What would you rather be doing with your time?