Pulling Yourself Out of the Doldrums
Ever have one of those days (or sometimes several days) where you just don’t feel like doing the things you need to do? I think we all have those days sometimes, and I know I do.
We watch a movie and/or sleep late instead of writing in our blog, go out to eat instead of making the food we’d gotten out, let the receipts pile up, or just plain skip the things we ought to be doing.
When it happens financially — for example, if we don’t sit down and deal with our money or make a trip to the bank when we ought to — it can literally be costly. Due dates get missed, and fees get tacked on.
So how do you pull yourself out of the doldrums?
When I’m whining to myself that “I don’t want to” or “I don’t feel like it”, what generally works for me is giving myself a little lecture. I tell myself that I don’t have to “want to”; I just have to do it. And then, most of the time, I get up and do it.
And that’s the thing. We’re all capable of doing things that we don’t want to, if we know it’s for our own good. That’s especially true if we know it’s for the sake of a goal that we really do want to achieve. Sometimes going ahead and doing the thing we don’t feel like doing is enough to provide a fresh outlook or a renewed sense of motivation. (After all, there’s nothing quite like accomplishing something to prove that you can make progress.)
We all have ups and downs. (Of course, if the downs go on for a long time, that’s something beyond just the doldrums that it’s good to get help for.) But making progress often does mean struggling to continue on, and pulling yourself out of the doldrums by acting — despite them.