Are the days blurring together? I had to ask my husband what day it was since my fitness watch only shows the date. You finally have time to get that long list of projects accomplished, but all you do is click from one news source to another? Can’t motivate? Join the vast majority. Don’t worry! I have a few tips to make the time go faster and you’ll accomplish a ton of goals like a badass while social distancing, sheltering in place, or on lockdown.
First things first. Demolish the demon. Vanquish the vapid. Stuff a sock in that stupid inner lazy voice! Mine whines whenever I don’t want to do a chore.
Name that lard ass that lives in your head.
I call my inner voice Resistant Rachel.
No offense to any Rachels out there. By all means, call your inner slob, Slovenly Susie.
Resistant Rachel is pure opposition and refusal. Oh, my God. You should hear her. I would get so much done if she would just STOP.
ME: Aha! I should empty the junk closet in the guest bedroom. That would make me feel like a badass. I’ll feel good after it’s organized. It’s filled with random purses, ski equipment, magazines to be recycled and has become a dumping ground for everything else from decor to dog toys. It needs to be sorted.
RESISTANT RACHEL: But I don’t want to do anything. Leave me alone. *groans*
ME: I should start by emptying the entire walk-in closet Marie Kondo-style and make piles of what needs to be put in its proper place, what needs to be donated, and trash.
RESISTANT RACHEL: Are you still thinking about that stupid closet? Forget about it. It’s not hurting anyone. Shut the door like everyone else. Rachel slumps down in the chair, picks up the TV remote, and randomly clicks to the latest update.
She has no idea that I named her. When she defies my thoughts about accomplishing something, I realize she’s doing it. Now I toss her fat ass out of my head.
ME: Ha! You again. I told you not to hang out in my head when I have things to do. Beat it! (Roxy never misses a photoshoot.)
Resistant Rachel never talks back but I have heard grumbling before she vanishes along with the overstuffed couch, her remote, and the TV.
That doesn’t sound weird at all, I’m sure!
You may never have that problem. Instead, you work out, make progress on all of your projects, and cross each item off your to-do list. That is so great! I’m so proud of you.
I consider myself super self-motivated and yet Rachel’s insipid voice whines, “I don’t want to,” on a regular basis. She digs in her heels, causing all kinds of stress.
Resistant Rachel is a feeling or a reaction to doing something that is totally optional.
Enter the excuses here:
It might take too much time. I may not enjoy it. Exercise is boring. I’m too tired. Blah, blah, blah.
In the Case of the Cluttered Closet, I made a plan with Danny to help with it today. TAKE THAT RESISTANT RACHEL!
Name your lazy voice when it whines and accomplish some of your goals. Like I always say, any progress is progress.
Let me know how it goes.
In the meantime, take the coronavirus outbreak seriously. Stay home and stay safe! I’m picking up my prepaid groceries today.
Do you have a lazy inner voice? Will you try giving it a name? Are you watching the news or avoiding it? Do you think the days are flying by or are they suuuuuuper sloooooooowwww?
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