All Over the Place
On weighing the balance of self empathy and simplifying things in order to get them done
Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.
I’ve been oscillating a lot between trying to give myself breathing room over the course of the last year while also trying to make sure I don’t give in to my worst tendencies.
Given both the state of the world and the time in my life (22 and trying to sort through a litany of thoughts, emotions, and ideas), I think it’s natural to bounce around from this to that. I’m also the type of person that no matter how much I structure things, it all seems to go to 💩 the second I sit down to achieve that thing it said to do on my calendar.
This isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world: I subscribe to the idea of structured procrastination, and sometimes, my best ideas are the ones that bubble up after slowly building the case for them in my head over time. However, in a world where we’re confined to the indoors, I believe some degree of schedule is important just to hearken back to the age of normalcy.
I mean, last week, I was planning on going to the grocery store on Wednesday, only for a vaccine to open up 3.5 hours away. 7 hours in the car later, and I had gotten the Fauci Ouchie, only to wake up the next day feeling cruddy and the rest of the week feeling somewhat shot.
It’s up to us to adjust and adapt though, right? That’s what I do. But sometimes, I feel like being overly flexible isn’t always a good thing, as it can distract from simplifying things to get them done.
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