On any given day, we can come up with one hundred and one reasons NOT to do something. Calling our mothers, doing laundry, paying the bills, going to the gym, whatever. Sometimes these things we're putting off are even things we enjoy and want to do, but just don't.
Sometimes we legitimately can't do everything we intend to do, checking off all the little boxes on our "To-Do" lists. So we put it off for the day, and then the next day, and the next, and the next, and eventually whatever "it" was hasn't gotten done.
Right now for me, that "it" is writing. As those of you who read this blog even semi-regularly have probably noticed, I haven't posted anything new lately. I've been busy. And I've been busy making up reasons for why I just can't get any writing done, and why I should just put off even trying until tomorrow.
And guess what? Tomorrow comes, but the writing doesn't. Maybe because I couldn't make the words flow, and maybe because I didn't even try. It's been a toss up between those two excuses.
Yes, excuses. We'll be realistic about this; those little rationalizations I make to myself, and sometimes to my fiancé, about why I didn't get any writing done are just excuses. Like anything else, those calls and bills and cleaning and gym workouts, my lack of writing can be rationalized quite simply--I didn't write, and I have nothing to show for it. Crazy how that works out.
But this block I have been wrestling with can be fixed just as easily as it came about--I have to stop doing this, that, and that other thing, and just get back to writing. I can find time for writing every day, if I make time for writing everyday. I have 24 hours to do everything, and that is plenty of time to do the things I need to do and the things I want to, as well. I just have to figure out how to maintain the balance of wanting to do everything, and figuring out what I am actually capable of doing.
Some days I may not get everything checked off my list, but that's okay. I will do it tomorrow. But this time around, when tomorrow comes, I will do it, and not just push it off again until another day. No more excuses, just work.
There are always going to be blocks set in the way of your goals and pursuances, but there are always ways of getting around them. You may have to find better ways to balance time, money, and energy, but you will find that there really is time for the important things. There is no more time only for excuses.