Do you enjoy naps? They’re one of the things that I’ve added to my life as an adult (starting in college of course) and something that I wonder why we got rid of in the first place. I don’t feel shame when I take time for a nap because I know that I’m listening to my body and caring for it in the way it is asking. And this is definitely healthier than responding to all the sweet cravings that I may have, although I don’t completely ignore them either. As it turns out, not only are there some perks to being an adult (being able to eat dessert first, taking naps, drinking coffee and alcohol, choosing what is purchased at the grocery store etc.), there are some good success lessons there too.
Sometimes you can start with the good stuff. One way to motivate yourself is to start with the easy wins, things you can clear off your to-do list very easily and get to not only celebrate getting stuff done, but visually see stuff getting done. I find it much easier to work when I have done all the little things like working through my most active emails or having a clean kitchen. I don’t see that as procrastinating, I see that as having peace of mind that I’ve attended to things that will nag at me and distract me until I do take care of them.
Listening to yourself and being attentive enough to catch when you’re struggling is another important key. Sometimes it’s easier to get back on task than other times, so it’s important to know yourself and know when you’re truly needing to take a break (go for a walk, do something else etc.) or when it’s just time to take a quick coffee making break and get back to work. If you’re really getting stuck and taking a break didn’t work and neither did pushing through, then you should accept that it’s time to move onto something else and come back to what you’re working on now when you’re more focused.
Yes, there’s a lot of responsibility that comes along with being an adult, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all bad. What other good things have you experienced because you’re an adult?