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Notevember 6 : Commitment Issues

This happens Every Single Time.

I decide to start something new or try to do something – again – and I’m almost instantly hit with a “Commitment Check”. I start a new project/challenge and something happens to test just how much I’m Really Committed to it.
I’m pretty sure this is a common thing that happens with everyone so I’ll share my insight on the matter. This is how the pattern of events normally proceeds:

  1. On a whim, decide to take (or Retake) on a challenge 
  2. Excitement / Motivation die off
  3. Slow slide off band wagon
  4. Wave of procrastination/avoidance/exhaustion
  5. Timely reminders of habit changing and the benefits following through
  6. Stable-minded re-commitment to challenge
I’ve seen myself go through this process over the span of hours or months depending on how quickly I become aware of what’s happening. And sometimes, I’m completely aware, but entirely apathetic. It’s rare that I abandon a challenge all together, but it can be put on the back burner for quite some time.

These past 6 days of slacking/overthinking were the Commitment Check Effect.
And, as usual, I had the timely reminder of how and why to get myself back on track. This time it came in the form of a podcast from The One You Feed. Of course the first episode I listened to was a mini-episode about how Avoidance drains you of all energy – which complimented the habit building tactics of the next episode. One major point was to deconstruct big tasks into smaller manageable ones. But by the time I think about how to deconstruct the main goal, I need a nap.

I’m going to take a concentrated stab at schedule making, yet again. But this time, with a second back up routine for when I can’t do something when it’s normally scheduled*. Some things in my schedule I already do – but I reach a point of “what now?” and get tired thinking about what I should do next. I figure this is the perfect spot to implement routine things.

Goals: 

Eliminate Decision Fatigue
Accomplish Daily Tasks
Incorporate Small Consistencies
  • 5AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Write Blog Post / Work Projects
  • 10AM: Clean Kitchen / Catbox / Crochet 
  • 2PM : Waste an Hour**
  • 4PM : Go for Walk
  • 7PM: Draw
  • 10PM : Edit Website

Backup Plan!*

  • 10AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Work Projects
  • 4PM : Go for Walk
  • 7PM: Draw
  • 10PM : Write Blog Post
*Backup Plan is not an “I don’t feel like doing it right now, I’ll just do it later” plan. This plan is for those days when things just don’t go as scheduled
**Why would I schedule a “Waste an Hour” on my routine list? Because this gives me the opportunity to relax and not feel bad about it.

So, here we go again! If at first you don’t succeed – Try, Try again.

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Hello! Thanks for visiting my wordpress site. Here you'll read about my life as a graphic designer/photographer/Step-Mom/ENFP/quirkster. Since I work from home, my worklife and homelife are intertwined. A lot of my posts will be about work/life integration. Ishare insights about project management, balancing family life, and a lot about moving forward when working with the most impatient client ever in the world (->myself).

2 thoughts on “Notevember 6 : Commitment Issues

  1. Great post! It’s good to understand yourself and realize that a schedule won’t work so you shape it into being more reasonable. It’s good to tell someone your goals and schedules so that way they can check in with you at those times. Like a human alarm clock. I write about similar material on my blog if you can take a look.

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    1. Thanks for the helpful comment! I think you nailed it in that first line, “It’s good to understand yourself” I feel like the only consistent part or my personality is I like change. All the time. With everything. I hate being tied down in any way! I would feel very ‘mothered’ if I told someone to check in with me to hold me accountable, and probably start avoiding contact with them all together! haha I love the look of your blog so far, thanks for sharing!

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