I set myself some daily/long-term goals on a whiteboard earlier this year. They were as follows:
- To practice 10 units of Polish daily on Duolingo (prior to going to Poland in a month).
- To finish producing 20 or so videos from my previous trip to Japan (before April).
- To finish the first draft of a short story I have half written so far and submit it to a literary journal that has expressed interest in my pitch (before April).
- To finish creating a 10 hour online training course from an online platform (deadline end of March).
- To finish the second draft of my semi-autobiographical novel (Before December)
All within the space of several months and in addition to working. It sounded ambitious, but I thought it was achievable. I still do.
However in the past week my boyfriend and I moved from Auckland to Wellington. And we were so awe-struck by how beautiful it is and how friendly people are here, we have been traipsing around, hill-walking, chatting, doing nothing and drinking beer in all of the great pubs around here.
How is it that it’s so hard to finish something you know is really important? Such as a task that will clearly advance you in your career and also enrich you in the mind as well? Why is this hard right now? Why is it that this most critical and vital task is the most difficult to do? I wonder if anyone else feels the same. This is a bit of a brain fart I am not sure if anyone else is on the same page as me.
I put away my whiteboard which loudly shouted tasks to me, into storage while we are in our transition period. So maybe it’s simply that I can’t see the blatant call to action each morning and have it kick my brain into action.
Taking a hiatus, moving cities and changing scenery can make you more creative, but can it also make you less motivated. As you see beautiful new things out your window and your first instinct is to get out there and explore them rather than sit down and do the necessary work that you know you are meant to do. The inner calling. What are your thoughts?