Doesn’t inertia sound so much nicer than “lazy”? or “bored”? or “can’t get my ass in gear”?
I managed to start off today well by hitting my favourite gym class as I try to on Monday mornings. I count on it to anchor my week in some kind of goodness – activity, which is often followed by being inspired to eat a few carrot sticks, closely followed by the hope that I can sustain my efforts all week long.
Unfortunately my mind did not get the memo and instead of launching into goodness and action I succumbed to that dreaded inertia. Lingering mindlessly on social media (it is like getting sucked into a vortex where the pull is so strong), reading some blog posts (rather than writing them), taking a very long shower (in my empty and quiet house), and finally reaching rock bottom where I paid some bills and ordered the kids school supplies so I could at least tick stuff of my short to-do list.
Do you have days like that where you simply cannot get any momentum going? It feels like the perfect day to stay in your PJs, read books or watch favourite DVDs. Sometimes we can indulge in those days, but other times we have to push through. Something might be due or little people around need us or maybe we already gave in to the PJ day yesterday…
All I can say is do something – start with those baby steps like paying bills online or find the easiest thing on your to do list and get it done. It does not have to be the most important or the sexiest item – the trick here is to get yourself moving. Reward yourself after you get some stuff done and dangle another carrot in front of yourself as needed (the good reward kind rather than the healthy snack kind).
Promise yourself that DVD after you nail two things on your list.
Go for a walk and get some fresh air after you tackle Mount Washmore so your kids have clean undies.
Curl up in bed with your book / pinterest / ipad after you clear your backlog of emails.
I am off to reply to emails from last week right now and then I will indulge in both varieties of carrots. Here’s hoping tomorrow I wake up feeling a little more active and motivated. If not I have a whole list of rewards ready to go starting with some music downloads.
What do you do when you get stuck in the land of inertia? How do you get momentum going on days you can’t give in to nothingness?
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Definition of inertia from dictionary.com