Just Do It

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I’ve been very productive lately.  Studying math on Khan Academy, Italian on Duolingo, drawing, exercising, reading a lot, cleaning.  I feel good!  Having trouble sleeping the past few days, it’s going on 5am now, I only got 4 hours of sleep though, same the previous night.  Either way, I feel much more motivated which is so good, because I was in a rut for a long time.  I’ve been excited about things in my life, and managing my anxiety better.  I tend to tell myself “Just Do It” like the Nike catchphrase, when needing or wanting to do certain things but feeling apprehension about it.  I just go right into whatever I need to do without thinking about it, the hardest part is starting, whether that be drawing or exercising, once I start I can really get into it and the motivation follows, I had been wasting so much time in my life waiting for the right moment to do things or waiting until the motivation comes to me, and never getting anything done.

Thanks for reading!

Anxiety and Productivity

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The picture has nothing to do with the post, it’s just a pic I took at a fair a long time ago of a Ferris wheel 🙂

Hello! I figured out something that helps me stick to doing the things I need to do and or want to do during the day.  Writing them down in my journal.  I used to just list stuff on one of my phone apps but I find for this particular problem writing them down physically is very helpful.  It holds me accountable in a way because I’ll look back in my journal and realize if I’ve been slacking or not and it helps keep me motivated.  Sometimes days just get a way from me and a lot of time is spent thinking about things I need or want to do but never actually getting anything done.  I tend to be much more productive this way.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of agitation and anxiety lately.  Not really sure why, but it’s been hard to deal with.  This seems to happen a lot in the spring/summer months for me.  Might also be from having significantly less caffeine lately. Last night was very rough and I was having some very negative thoughts.  I ended up putting on my electric candle melter (scentsy) and reading a few stories out of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Miracles.  I had a cup of chamomile tea also. After that I played Stardew Valley for awhile, which is extremely relaxing by the way!

I’m hoping I can become more productive over the summer.  Just getting basic things done is a good starting point. I have a habit of putting things off for way too long due to anticipatory anxiety.  I get apprehensive about almost everything, haven’t dealt with that for a long time.  For several years I was on top of my game but anxiety has been taking over the past few months. I’m also working on improving my ability to concentrate by reading for longer periods of time, and not letting myself check my phone or anything.  I started using the productivity app Habitica, it’s kind of like an RPG style way to track your habits, you level up with certain amounts of points and can get stuff for your avatar with the coins you earn, it’s really a lot of fun!

Does anyone else have any other productivity tips or ways to develop good habits?

Thanks for reading!