Technical Difficulties

I wrote this piece today…and then posted it shortly thereafter. I don’t normally do that.

Up until I started writing it, I had no idea what I was going to write about today. Sure, I had ideas of what I could write about today, but I didn’t actually feel like writing any of those.

Today has been a day where I’ve accomplished little of what I usually do on Mondays and more of what I usually reserve for my lighter-lifting days — Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It’s nearly 4 p.m. here and the things on my list that I had in mind to do are still not done. Why?

First, my energy level hasn’t been high today. That meant little writing and more of the easier stuff. I’ve still been productive today, but not exactly with the things I was hoping for.

Secondly, I’ve got too much on mind. Even though I’ve reassessed a lot of my stuff lately, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to getting stuck in task or project paralysis. Today has been more about what to do (and not to do) next with my work as a productivityist. There’s much to consider, and that’s not only sapped my energy, it’s sapped my will to muster up the energy needed to move forward.

I’m facing technical difficulties.

Much like a television station, I know what I’m supposed to be doing but there’s a glitch in the system. I think that by writing this post I’m making inroads towards finding that glitch and eliminating it — but I won’t be sure of that until I’ve done everything associated with posting this piece.

No tool can really help with technical difficulties like this (although Unstuck for iPad is a decent way to try). Paper can help. Journalling can too (in fact, I’d go so far as to consider this a journal entry of sorts). The best thing you can do is take a step forward with something bigger than what you think you can do right now. Writing this was bigger than that — all I wanted to do was watch television or go outside with the hopes that the technical difficulties would sort themselves out.

They won’t. They can’t. But you can. So can I.

And we should.

Because you can’t go anywhere at all — let alone forward — when you’re standing still.