I always get annoyed when I see motivational posts about how people get things done when they ‘really’ want to do them.
You know the type of posts, the ones that say that what you get done is a measure of your priorities.
It’s not that there is no truth in that kind of statement but it’s not as simple as it seems.
Yes, how you spend your time shows what have ended up being your priority tasks but that doesn’t mean that those tasks are what you feel strongest about.
Instead, I see those tasks as the ones you feel capable of doing in the moment, or ones that you felt you couldn’t ignore. OR they may be the tasks that kind of fell into your schedule because you didn’t have the capacity to make a plan at the outset.
I wouldn’t want you to feel bad about what you ended up doing with your time.
I would just like you to have a little more room to CHOOSE next time.
And when I say *you* I also mean me.
I have ADHD and if I don’t have a very specific plan for my time, my priorities can go askew. So, the busier I get, the more likely it is that my tasks do not always reflect everything that is important to me. I get the most deadline-oriented priority tasks done, especially if other people are involved, but other important things get sidelined.
So, for example, a task like writing regularly for my blog(s) might fall off my list entirely*.
Not because it isn’t important but because I didn’t schedule it properly.
Now it’s back on my schedule and I am going to build the habit of writing here and on my Heart of the Story blog at least twice per week.
*I know I have come back to trying to establish this practice before but this time I have a clearer picture of what is going awry. I’m combining hope and good scheduling to address the issue. 🙂