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One of the hardest things about my life right now is the total lack of structure.
I don’t really have any out-of-the-home commitments. There are no children waking my up at a certain time. My deadlines are minimal.
As a result, every day feels like Saturday.
(If you feel no sympathy for me, I certainly understand)
It can be hard to motivate yourself to get up and create. Creating is scary enough without the added pressure of it being, you know, your entire life dream. Plus, the need to be successful and earn some money. Lacking the structure of a typical 9-5 job makes is extremely easy to not work. I’m not complaining that I have so much freedom, but I have definitely had to learn how to exist productively in it.
For example: if you know me, you know I’m not a morning person. However, I’ve found that if I wake up any later than 9:30 for 2 days in a row that are not Saturday and Sunday, I am officially derailed and useless until I put myself back on an early schedule.
I’ve had to learn how to fill my time. Too much routine bogged me down. Too little routine made me noncommittal. Luckily, I’ve found some things that work.
It’s so easy to let life pass by without taking notice. Days slip past. Months drop by in great dollops of time. If you aren’t like me, with an open schedule staring you in the face, wasted time can go unnoticed.
Are you any closer to your dreams? Are you bettering yourself?
Don’t forget to ask the tougher questions.