Paralysis

It’s not uncommon for me to be utterly immobilized by having Too Much to Do. There’s easily a list of 100 things I need to be doing right now, but I have no earthly idea where to begin, and so here I am, staring at the computer screen and/or writing a blog post, alternately thinking about paths not taken and my lack of motivation to take the paths before me, however attractive they may be.

A few choice items which are currently being neglected:

  1. Bring up 87 metric honkloads of laundry from the basement
  2. Vacuum
  3. Dust
  4. Organize my office
  5. Clean the kitchen
  6. Any of 1000 craft things I’ve been wanting to do
  7. Get the garden ready for planting
  8. Finish mulching the raised bed area
  9. Write up the giveaway post for 1 gallon of coconut oil
  10. Try to grow my business

Lists help; it feels good to check things off. None of these will get checked off today, however.

If you struggle sometimes with motivation, how do you deal with it when everything seems so overwhelming?

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4 responses to Paralysis


  1. I’m there right now. When I’m overwhelmed, it helps for me to give myself a break. Everyday can’t be uber-productive and I’m my own worst task master. Somedays you need to give yourself permission to do nothing. Play a computer game, go for a walk, sit on the porch and drink a glass of water, etc. Sometimes just telling someone that I’m overwhelmed helps. I don’t want them to fix it, but I just want to be heard.

    • Erin D.

      Thanks for the thoughts, Mandy! I think I’ve been too easy on myself, not being productive enough, and it’s gotten me into this slothy, apathetic, stupid place. I spend too much time not doing enough. I do go through phases where I’m too hard on myself about productivity, though, and I’ll take that advice. Right now, I’m just beating myself up emotionally in a number of ways. >.< Totally relate on "I don't want you to fix it, I just want you to hear me," too. Sorry you're also struggling right now! Here's to better days soon for us both. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. One great thing I heard from a woman who lost her husband, Elizabeth Elliot, was…”You just have to do the next thing.”

    Sometimes that’s all I can do.

    Hang in there.

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