Just like you, I have dreams and fantasies of how I want my life to be, and I work hard on creating positive change in my life, using a myriad of tools to help me emotionally, spiritually and physically. I know all the tricks in the book to enable me to successfully manifest the things that I want or need. I know it practically inside out, I live and breathe it and yet ….
My day to day challenges are dealing with the minutia, one of which is the never ending pile of paperwork that continues to grow, no matter how many times a week I steadfastly tackle it. Paperwork is my enemy. It lays around in my office refusing to budge, like a lazy teenager sleeping in and refusing to put out the rubbish. It makes me angry, it feeds my apathy and it destroys my creativity. It is the beast in my belfry. But it is not alone.
I have a Border collie puppy – 9 months old. She is great ….but…. at various times of the day she will bring in every raggedy toy from the garden and scatter them around the house, nibbling fuzzy bits of material or bright pink rubber off them, leaving an untidy trail around the house. She rips bark off the logs that we haven’t yet chopped, and munches it into millions of tiny bits on the carpet in the hall. She will wait until I have vacuumed every square inch of the house [which isn’t THAT often] then roll in every room, embedding black and white hairs – once more – into the carpet.
How, I ask you, am I supposed to ignore all of that? How am I supposed to nurture my creativity, feed my energy and take positive action when I so frustrated that I start eating my own hair!
These distractions are incredibly useful for allowing me to forgive myself for not doing the things that I planned to do. But, the truth is, they are but a few of the many similar obstacles that we have to overcome during our everyday lives. They won’t go away just because they irritate us. So we have to program ourselves to do the things that we want to do regardless of how much minutia lands on our laps.
The best thing to do is prioritize: -
Commit to a daily plan of action, and tick off the tasks as you complete them
Write it down or create a goal map
Accept things without resistance. For sure, that which you resist definitely persists, so stop trying to dodge the ‘bullets’ that try to take out your day
Take time out before you get frustrated
Keep your word to yourself – don’t let yourself down. If you tell yourself that you are going to do something, then make sure that you do it.
Don’t beat yourself up – my puppy won’t be a puppy forever, and maybe I am missing out on these formative months of her life by moaning about the mess. I will endeavour to see the comical side to it and stop worrying about the hairs on the carpet
Remember your dreams – when minutia hits, your dreams tend to frizzle into the background. Keep them alive every day by reaffirming to yourself that which is so important to you
Working from home is great, even at the price of distractions. When I am feeling blue I remind myself how lucky I am not to be sitting in an office from 9 -5 so many would love to be in your shoes, be their own boss and create their own agenda.