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Top 3 Ways to Push Through the Road Block

More times than not, I find myself not fully engaged. Whether it’s hiding myself away from the world (I.e. chain reading…literally starting another the minute I finish one) or avoiding doing tasks that need completing. This is my automatic. Meaning when I’m feeling overwhelmed, depressed, tired, bored, etc….I hibernate. Unfortunately that can last weeks at times. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m doing it.

Trust me, I’m working on not withdrawing into my cocoon…it’s a main topic of discussions with my therapist. We talk about recognizing that is my state of mind and giving it a time limit. Because it’s totally OK to hunker down and hide for a day. My problem is it can last weeks.

I especially hate that I let my hibernation, affect my business and my health. But this is a business blog so we will focus there…not saying your health doesn’t affect your business…

So what do I do to push through that block?

Make Lists

While I may shut down at times, my mind may be going a million different directions. Right now, I’m coming off of the Art & Garden Festival and moving into doing a few craft festivals for the holidays. So my mind is doing a post mortem on the Festival: what went wrong? what went right? what do I want to do differently? However my mind is also in November (shutter) on a craft show and now I’m thinking about what to make, how to display, how much to make, etc.

What clears my head are lists. A list for just about anything. It can be a to do list, an inventory list, a shopping list, whatever it is that will clear the clutter. Maybe a list format isn’t for you. Maybe your a more brainstorming or mind mapping type person. Maybe journaling is better for you. You do you…just get it out of your head.

Do One Thing

So now that your list or brainstorm is done…do one thing on the list. You’ll be surprised how doing just one task, no matter how small, will kick start you again. There is nothing more satisfying than checking an item off your list. Confession time…I’ve been known to write something on a list that I’ve already done just so I can check it off. Even if you skipped the list making part, just doing one task will get you past that block.

Organize

I like my ducks in a row…sometimes to a fault…but when I’m unorganized I don’t think as well. I’m not one of those creative people who thrive in chaos…not judging at all. As anyone who has ever worked with me knows…don’t touch my freakin’ pencils. I want be on the phone and blindly reach for a pencil knowing exactly where it is. Don’t move anything on my desk either, it’s where I want it, you don’t sit here so don’t move it.

A lot of time when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed is when I’m not organized. Taking some time to put things away where they belong, doing my filing, or…going back to step one…making a list.

So that’s my three things that get me past my blocks. Get me moving forward. Get me out of hibernation. Word of warning though, do not get so bogged down in writing lists or organizing that you use it as a tool to procrastinate your end goal.

What gets you past your road blocks? I would love to learn some tips from you!

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Commitments – the follow up

I really can’t believe a month has gone by and that we are heading into the final months of the year.  Crazy.

Journal 1My month of commitments to myself was a struggle at times.  Mostly with setting aside the time commitments.  At the same time, it was extremely rewarding in other areas.   Sometimes the simplest task that was completed would bring the most reward because it was something I had avoided or put off.

The biggest struggle for me was on the business side.  After working an 8-hour day, the last thing I wanted to do was to think about work again.  The 4 hours a week I set aside was too ambitious.   Trying to keep to the days and times I had allocated was extremely hard to do.  I needed rethink my commitment…augment it in some way.   I never quite got anything concrete down.  However, because I recognized my struggle, thoughts of the business were forefront in my mind more so than ever.  Lists were made, marketing plans in place, and increased social media presence.  I didn’t abandon it completely.  I just did things in littler chunks of time.  Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out how to fit all this into my schedule in bigger chunks.  Where there is a will, there is a way, though, and I am hopeful to get this working smoothly.

Journal 2As for the personal side…well that just went splendidly.  Every morning I sat down for 20 minutes and wrote in my journal reflecting on the previous day and looking forward to the day ahead.   Within my journaling, I would make a daily commitment to myself.  Sometimes it was the same commitment day after day because I wanted it to become a habit.   One day I was running late and I only had 12 minutes to write.  I got in such a dither about it.  Such a silly thing to be worked up over but nonetheless, I was quite upset.  Once I got myself controlled, I made a commitment to make up the time later that night.  And guess what?  I did!  By taking 20 minutes each day I learned and gained so much.

  1. A better understanding on how I sometimes go blindly through the day without being present. Ask me at the end of the day how it was, who I saw, or what I did, I would struggle to recall. Because I wasn’t present in the moment.
  2. By reflecting on the previous day and the way I felt, I could change up the current day.
  3. There were several times I would say “no” to something during the day because that morning I had made a commitment.  I set goals that push me further yet are easily attainable.
  4. I always wrote the next day’s date on the top of the next page.  This would just reinforce that I was going to write again the following day.

All-in-all, I think this was a very successful journey and I will definitely continue to make commitments to myself…and keeping them.

If you made a commitment to yourself this month, I would love to hear about it.  We can all learn from each other.

Now…we need some flowers to look at.

Fall Flowers

May your day be filled with beautiful flowers!