Updated: Jan 17
Today, I’ll be talking about a subject that happens to me at least once a month, and lasts for a whole week, sometimes longer. What I mean, is that there comes a time, at least once a month, where I have no energy or motivation to do anything productive, like looking for a job, writing posts, working on my novel, and doing anything remotely creative or productive. Now, I know I’m not the only one who experiences this, in fact, you guys must have experienced it too! So, you’re in the same boat as me!
What I want to talk about today is how you can overcome it, if it needs to be at all. You see, sometimes the best way to combat your idleness is to not combat it, because it could mean that you’re using up your energy on something that probably doesn’t need a lot to begin with. For example, I have so many projects I’m working on at the moment, and if I am dedicated enough, I can start worrying easily. I could easily be overwhelmed by the fact that I have so many things going on, but nothing is getting done. I could worry over the fact that maybe what I’m doing right now is pointless, and that no one is listening to me, or reading the things I’m writing.
Cue The Idleness
Whenever I do start thinking like that, I end up becoming idle, and when I do, I tell myself, “well, if it’s pointless, I’ll just read my comics, play my games and just watch those videos on Facebook”. Now, of course, you could say that doing all those things are still productive, at least I have something to be interested in, but in terms of doing something that will help me gain useful skills, or help me get my projects going, it does nothing. Hence, I am idle.
Now, it’s not a bad thing to be idle. Sometimes it’s good for you. It’ll help you recharge, get back the energy that you lost, worrying about something, or spending too much time on a project that didn’t need to be completed yet. However, spending too much time in idleness can be dangerous, not just for your physical health, but for your mental, emotional and psychological health too. When you become idle, you become complacent, and in that case, you’ll give up on the world, even though you have so much potential to do more.
In the end, you’ll end up dreaming about what you could do, instead of actually doing it. That’s why, although it’s ok to be idle, sometimes there is a limit. As the saying goes “everything in moderation”. It means that you can indulge, but don’t indulge too much.
How Do I Fight Back?
Like I said before, sometimes it’s ok to not fight it, because it’s probably your body and mind telling you to recharge and rest, so that when you’re ready, you’ll have the motivation to carry on with your work and get back on your feet. However, I also said that there’s a limit to how much you indulge. So, when you know that you’re idling away, and your mind is going back to the work you need to do, that’s when you should start to fight it.
Now, I’m not saying dive straight into your work again. Take it a step at a time. It’s ok to do small things, to get back on your feet, because if you dive in at the deep end, you’ll end up idling again, and that next time will be much longer and much harder to get over. So, start with waking up at a certain time. Make that a habit, and then build on in.
The next step would be to have breakfast. It’s ok if it’s just a piece of toast, or a breakfast biscuit, it doesn’t need to be too heavy, just as long as your metabolism is fired up. That way you won’t be lethargic all day. I actually have a glass of water first of all, before I start to eat, because it gently starts my metabolism, so that I won’t reject the food I eat.
After that, get ready for the day, as if you’re going to work. Many of us probably won’t have a workplace to go to, but it’s a good thing if you keep that habit, because it’ll get you ready for the day, no matter what you’re doing. For example, I don’t actually have a place to work, and I could easily abandon this blog, since I’m not earning any money from it, but because I’m keeping my habits from when I did have a workplace to go to, I still have the energy and motivation to keep writing and working on this blog, because I still have hope, thanks to these little habits of mine.
Now, it’s up to you. You can start working on whatever you need to work on, but remember, take regular breaks when you do. Like I said, diving in will just make your idleness worse. With this step, take it a bit at a time. Set a goal for yourself, like “in an hour I will have finished this post”, or “I will have studied a chapter of my textbook”. Little things like that can help you find the motivation you lost in the first place. Keep working on those little goals until you’re ready to take it a little further. Like I said, build on the habits you already have, because then you’ll be able to get back on your feet in no time.
Ok, But What Do I Do When I Am Idle?
Normally what I’d do is read comics and try to keep my hands busy with my cross stitch, crochet and knitting. While I know that in some eyes that’s still productive, but for me, it isn’t, at least, it doesn’t count toward my ambitions. However, for those of you who don’t keep your hands busy when you’re idle, it would be a good idea to try out hobbies like that. They don’t require much but needles, yarn and your time. All you ned to do is learn how to create the right stitches to make their patterns. It’s not that hard, unless you’re not that great with your hand-eye coordination.
Otherwise, try something else like gardening, or cooking. Using your skills while you’re idle may not seem appealing to you, but if you want to keep your hands busy, even though you’re not doing anything towards your projects, then doing something that interests you would help towards your recharge. It might even inspire you to try something new, and maybe help you find inspiration to tackle your project in a new way.
Of course, just playing games and watching videos on TikTok or YouTube might help for a little while, but you’ll probably find yourself bored watching the same things over and over again. So, why not challenge yourself in your idleness. Try watching a movie or a TV series you’ve never watched before. Read that book you promised your friend you’d read. Listen to music and gain inspiration that way. Sometimes it’s not all about enhancing your skills, but broadening your horizons, even if it’s through watching a fictional story, or reading about it. Sometimes the best way to learn something new is by listening and watching something that inspires you in a way you never thought it would.
It’s Your Turn!
Well, I hope that when idleness does strike you, it doesn’t pull you down into depression. I know I’ve had those spells myself, and it is pretty hard to get out of that one too. So, like I said, even though it may not be productive to your eventual ambitions, do something that will inspire you, even while you’re idle, because you never know, it might just help you when you do go back to work.
In the meantime, why don’t you guys let me know what you do when you feel idle. I’m sure there are loads of things you guys do too to help you get back that motivation you lost.
Well, that’s it from me today. I’ll see you guys soon! Don’t forget to like, subscribe, follow and share for more updates and posts from me!