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January 25, 2009


Karen Maezen Miller

Oh, how nice! The truth is, when we start where we are, we realize that it is the only place we can possibly start and always has been. Everything else is in your head, while your real life is in front of you. Congratulations. Once you let go of the devotion to the life you don't have, you find out you have so much more time for what you love.


You know, I do similar things! Not necessarily in the same way, but I realize I put off a lot of things too. I always surmise "there's always later." I notice I do this most with my art. I've been wanting to get back into doing painting for years and I STILL find excuses to avoid it. I sit and wonder what it is I'm afraid of. Failure? A bad painting? I used to love it and now my supplies are STILL packed away. I still haven't figured it out yet, but it's something that gnaws at me.


I do the exact same thing. In fact, so much so that I read this post and was about to comment, but then thought, "Oh, I need to think about what I want to say first, I'll do it later." I almost closed out the window but then had a HELLO!!!!!! moment and now you're getting this comment instead of never getting one because I put it off until I have time to think about it. :)

Which brings me to what I wanted to think about: I have no idea how to fix this problem, besides doing what you suggested--making sure you're dedicating time to the things that need time. I find that even if I make myself use a timer and spend 15 minutes doing something that's been on the "need to get to" list, I feel better about it. Still don't do that often enough, though...


I do exactly the same thing. Skimming the pretty blogs and leaving the thoughtful ones for later... but then I feel yoked to my computer as I NEED to read them, so I keep coming back, even when I should be writing or playing with the kids.

And I do the same with emails and other things where I am required to think or commit. I think I'm afraid of having more things to commit to, so I avoid taking care of communications.

It's something I would really like to work on this year... taking care of communication immediately, not sticking my head in the sand.

Oh, and I posted some comments on your questions over at my blog.


I cannot tell you how many times I read a post where I WANT to comment, but I don't. Because I feel like I need to stop and think, and take my time, and well, if I do that, I won't have time to do the other 70 thousand things I need to do, too.

*sigh* You're not alone.

Even now, after years of infertility, I have this habit of trying to PLAN. And get things Accomplished.

I'm working on letting my to do list go and just going with the flow. It's tough, but I'm working on it, anyway.

Jena Coray

I'm guilty of all the same things, you're definitely not alone! I've been working on really trying to pin down a system that'll help me get organized and feel productive...I've been going with the flow for far too long and I think that's what got me into this mess! struggling to find structure or disipline with lots of "oh, I'll just do that later" along the way and it makes me feel bad about myself! Like I just cant keep on top of anything! That feeling overshadows any sense of accomplishment for all that I do actually get done. :( So I have no advice, but I know where you're coming from. I hope you can find your way and a solution that'll leave you feeling good at the end of the day for all that you DID do!

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