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Bad case of the I-don't-want-to's

Saturday, April 04, 2020

I don't know if it's human nature, or just my nature, but whenever I have wonderful blocks of free time where I can exercise, stretch, tackle a project, connect, read something enlightening ... I DON'T WANT TO. There's a g-zillion articles on SP that are how-to's, but not many I see that address the don't-want-to's. It doesn't matter if I learn how to do something, if I can't galvanize into action.

I've been this way as long as I can remember, and I hit 65 next month. The more time I have, the less motivated I am. Give me some have-to's and put me on the clock, I'm there. However, it's more than just simple procrastination. I have lists in my phone on a memo app. Projects I want to do of all sizes. I just lose interest when I have plenty of time to work on them.

To make matters worse, I have the perfectionist start-to-finish mentality. The idea of starting something and not finishing it in the same session drives me buggy, so I don't start. Trying to break the project into components and doing it in blocks feels like unfinished, failed stuff.

It could be just plain ol' laziness. I don't know. I'd rather cruise the internet or channel surf than do anything productive when I have time.

Right now, the decision is being made for me. DH just finished a freelance job he's been working on all day and he wants to go fishing. Bleh. Sounds like work. Work in the cloudy, cold outdoors. Definitely social distancing, so there's that, but getting dressed in the right layers, packing my "fishing" go-bag, helping hook up the boat, launch the boat. And then later, loading the boat, putting up the boat. I'm tired already. Plus, the last half dozen times we've gone I've caught basically zip. I'd rather golf, but it's muddy and carts on path.

Better turn off Food Network, shut down my computer and get dressed.

Donna G
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I hear it helps to take pictures of your long term projects while they are in progress. And you can post them here and get feedback if you want! You know, at whatever stage you feel comfortable starting to do that. Try it and see if it helps!
    141 days ago
    When I get to feeling like this , and I know I am not alone, I realize this is the time I need to make a move and go for at least 10-15 minutes of some type exercise. It really does release endorphins and I can feel good about myself again. It is true that most people will continue wanting to get the "good-feeling" for longer. I would love to play golf too and wish we could do it virtually! Lol emoticon emoticon
    175 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I hate to admit this, but I feel the same way. Fortunately, my hubby forces me to take a walk daily since I cannot go to the gym. But things around the house, I am doing in small segments of time. Nothing much, in other words.
    176 days ago
    I hear you and can relate.
    176 days ago
  • MUGABI123
    Once you get started it will become a need. Get some exercise....you will not regret it!
    176 days ago
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