My clients often tell me that they should have more time left outside of work, sleeping, housework etc, to pursue their passion. But in reality, it never seems to work out that way.
This is very common! Your mission today is to understand how time gets away from you, and to learn how to actually use this to further the pursuit of your passion or passions.
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Task 1: Understand that you’re not lazy
Practically all of my clients think they’re lazy. I used to think this of myself as well. It’s a fairly universal misconception, because it’s quite simply untrue!
We come to this conclusion because of two things:
- We might be “wasting” time watching Netflix or just vegging out on the couch, or scrolling through social media endlessly.
- Especially creatives tend to spend time “daydreaming”, scribbling or doodling, dropping one project to start (yet) another, and having long periods of time that are seemingly unproductive.
Task 2: Use your patterns
This is about looking at what you do in those periods that make you call yourself “lazy”, and use this to your advantage. Here are examples according to my points in the first task.
- If you’re spending too much time on social media or binge-watching TV series, it’s a sign of mental overload. In our day and age, we may no longer do back-breaking physical work, but we’re mentally overstimulated and fatigued.
- If you spend time idling and wool-gathering as a creative, recognise this as part of the creative process. It’s not linear, it needs “gestational periods” of seemingly low productivity. Allow yourself these time periods, schedule them in, and use them to further your creative inspiration.
If this is what you do, find another way to get downtime. Don’t judge or compare yourself, just give yourself the gift of self care. Do nothing at all, or do a yoga class, meditation, a walk in nature – whatever you need to get back into balance.