Modern life can be quite complicated and, like most people, I often have a lot of things that I need to get done on a daily basis.
Sometimes, however, I find it hard to motivate myself to get things done in a productive and efficient manner.
Even completing simple everyday tasks can be a struggle.
Instead of addressing a task properly, I often come up with temporary solutions that allow me to extend the amount of time that I can remain in denial about the task’s existence.
However, what initially began as a small manageable task eventually transforms into a monumental obstacle and the pressure of directly engaging with it can be overwhelming.
Recently, I have been asking around for advice on how to be more consistently productive.
One of my friends told me that I should try reading a self-help book which suggested that they cared about my wellbeing but considered the challenge of transforming me into a functioning human being so huge and intimidating that they were reluctant to become directly involved.
Nevertheless, a few days later, I went to a bookshop and sought out the self-help section.
The first book that caught my eye looked like this.
I hadn’t been feeling particularly worried when I had first entered the bookshop but looking at the book immediately made me worried about whether I was the sort of person who should be worried about whether I was living or not.
I picked up the book, turned it over and read the blurb.
In the back of my mind, I knew that the blurb was referring to common issues that many people experience on a regular basis.
However, because it was doing so within the guise of individuality, I felt that it was speaking directly to me.
In addition, the prospect of overcoming anxiety, low self-esteem and lack of motivation appealed to me.
It was as if I was a protagonist from a book or movie on a mission to overcome great evil…
Except I was fighting against the most underwhelming antagonist in existence – my own epic laziness.
I reasoned that spending £8.99 on a book that felt it necessary to boldly assert the fact that it ‘really does work’ was a totally logical idea.
I thought that maybe one day I could help other people to help themselves by writing my own self-help book about how somebody else’s self-help book had helped me to help myself.
‘Stop Worrying and Start Living’ presented several strategies to help me stop procrastinating and start getting things done.
Reading about how I was going to get things done in the future made me feel very productive.
As a result, I was less bothered by the fact that I had things that I needed to get done.
By the time I had finished the book, I was felt thoroughly prepared to start living my life to the fullest.
However, it was getting quite late.
So I decided that it was probably best to seize the day another day.
I guess what we can learn from this is that a significant part of self-improvement is learning the art of self-control.
It is important to limit the amount of time that we spend doing instantly gratifying activities and invest the more satisfying, longer-term benefits of sustained hard work.
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