Our meeting starts in 40 minutes, and I am mostly unprepared. I have a dozen phone calls to make today, but I can't bear the idea of talking to any of those people right now. All I can feel is a desperate desire to curl up on the couch with a book, a glass of milk, and a jar of peanut butter with a spoon.
Motivational writers make it look so easy. They distill things down into a series of steps, that usually looks something like this:
- Define your vision
- Write it down
- Break it down into doable steps
- Complete the steps one by one and review every day/week/month
It's not that any of the work that needs to be done is actually distasteful--in fact, I will enjoy almost all of it. But when I sit down to do it, I find that everything is easy except the actual work I need most to do: clear my desk, clean out my Downloads folder, see if the newest episode of a favorite TV show is posted yet online, check Facebook, play another game of Spider and see if I can raise my win percentage another point, and so on.
I think I will have to make up my own set of steps. It will have to look a bit different than the list above if I want it to work. So here it is:
- Get up and change into pyjamas or something similarly comfortable
- Eat a spoonful of peanut butter
- Clear off my desk
- Refill my water glass
- Open my to-do list and randomly choose something on it
- Take a deep breath
- Finish it
Wish me luck.