What is Blocking Me Today?

@paigea (22197)
Canada
February 16, 2017 11:54am CST
Many days slip by and things I need to get done, just don't get done! Today, I know what it is that is getting in the way of my productivity. I have a couple of tasks to do that are not going well and I am completely frustrated with them. This started yesterday. Now I have shoved those tasks aside and am meandering around the internet. I could be getting different things done but instead I am letting my frustration and procrastination for those two tasks kill my motivation to do anything! As I started to write my thoughts on my lack of productivity, I spilled my coffee. That led me to start the washing machine at least. Time to turn off the laptop, make fresh coffee and prod myself to deal with the tasks facing me. Who would have thought spilled coffee could be the prod that would work!
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
16 Feb 17
I have many days like this and then all of a sudden I get a burst of energy and get things done... Then I slack off all over again haha
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I do get those bursts of productivity. But only for an hour or so!
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
16 Feb 17
@paigea lol mine usually last a day or so
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@shaggin You are younger. Maybe that is why.
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@Corbin5 (106169)
• United States
16 Feb 17
That coffee really did get you going!!! Sometimes it just takes completing one task and that leads to other tasks being completed. Action begets action, I suppose.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
True, action leads to more action; until I just quit and stop in the middle of it all! Or I take a short break and don't get back to it.
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@bunnybon7 (36482)
• Holiday, Florida
18 Feb 17
@paigea thats me too. i keep thinking of an arthritis commercial that say "a body stays in motion if it stays in motion." my therapists that used to come here kept telling me i need to keep doing daily exercise to keep it from getting worse.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
19 Feb 17
@bunnybon7 I need to move more
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@RasmaSandra (17526)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Feb 17
When I get in one of my frustrated moods the way I get motivated is when I think about how much more there will be do if I don't at least do some things right away.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
That is a good way to look at it. I WAS telling myself exactly that all week. And now, today I have so much to do because I didn't listen to myself!!! I guess I should be glad for the few little things I did get done.
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• United States
16 Feb 17
You never know what the one thing is that will prod you along!
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
No, now to keep a little momentum going. I have let so many things pile up!
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• United States
16 Feb 17
@paigea I think that happen more often in winter...we don't have the same energy as when the weather is nice.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@AbbyGreenhill I am the opposite! The heat knocks out my energy in summer and I am extremely lethargic then! I am a winter woman through and through.
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@HazySue (21328)
• United States
16 Feb 17
I seem to be having my own days of inactivity and procrastination. Take heart you have found a way to get yourself moving, even if it was by spilling your coffee.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I don't know if that will work on a regular basis. lol
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@HazySue (21328)
• United States
16 Feb 17
@paigea probably not, but you might be surprised at what will.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@HazySue Just starting is what it takes. But the older I get the harder I am to start.
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I find once you get started then you get the motivation to keep going. It is the getting started that can be the problem..lol The spilled coffee was just the motivation you needed!!
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
Today, it was just what I needed. Come to think of it, I forgot to make more coffee! Maybe hubby will arrive home with Tim's.
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@paigea Oh wouldn't that be awesome!!
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@Happy2BeMe I have had 5 Play agains so far. So I hope today I get a prize!
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@LadyDuck (157088)
• Switzerland
1 Mar 17
Spilled coffee sometimes is a trigger, not something we really need, but this time it was useful.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
1 Mar 17
It was a useful push. Not one I want to repeat!
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@LadyDuck (157088)
• Switzerland
1 Mar 17
@paigea I can understand, coffee is not easy to wash away.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
1 Mar 17
@LadyDuck That day it was just on a throw rug that can go in the washing machine. I drink my coffee black so it washed out easily. However a spilled it on the bedroom carpet another day and that stain is not completely out.
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@Juliaacv (30274)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I know what you mean, there are days that I have great intentions of getting things accomplished, and then I sit here and start doing stuff online, and the next thing I know I've lost quite a bit of time.......Let's blame it on cyberspace not ourselves!!
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
Yes, darn that cyberspace. Lucky I didn't have it when I had small children!
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@Juliaacv (30274)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@paigea Are you kidding.......I may not have ever had children if we had the internet back then......would you?
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
@Juliaacv hmmm, interesting question. My husband does seem to think the internet gets too much of my attention.
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• United States
27 Feb 17
I love your cup!
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
27 Feb 17
We brought similar cups home from Portugal a few years ago. We used them constantly and they finally got too chipped to use. So that picture is from the internet.
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• United States
27 Feb 17
@paigea I love mugs and always choose a different one for my morning cup. It's a shame when one chips. It's hard to toss them, especially when they have good memories of a trip taken.
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
27 Feb 17
@Jeanniemaries Yes, but better to use it than to have some souvenir that just collects dust. It was a great memory trigger every morning when I used it.
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@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
20 Feb 17
Well, one of the cats spilled another glass of water that someone left on the kitchen table again, so the kitchen got mopped again LOL
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
21 Feb 17
That is one clean kitchen floor now
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@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
26 Feb 17
@paigea I wish it was, but no such luck on that one. With 5 children living here.....and the adults too, the kitchen floor is never clean. It's quite maddening to me...if any floor needs to be clean, it's the kitchen!
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
26 Feb 17
@marsha32 Just clean it twice a week and call it good enough. It is going to be lived in and that is fine. Have you ever checked out FLYlady?
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
I am really lazy, I spend time here, I spend a lot of time painting and very little time cleaning. Hubby takes care of the kitchen and food, I fill the dishwasher and do the laundry and when the dust is so thick I can see it, I dust and use the vacuum...but not before...
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
I don't call that lazy because you are doing things meaningful to you - painting, etc. I have too many days that slip by without bothering to do the things I enjoy. Anyway not going to lament that today. Going to pick something to enjoy!
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• Canada
4 Apr 17
@paigea You go girl!
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@MarymargII (9737)
• Toronto, Ontario
17 Feb 17
It might have prompted you to get going because you needed to clean what the coffee spilled on!
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
17 Feb 17
Exactly. But I don't think I'll use that method every day!
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• Toronto, Ontario
23 Feb 17
@paigea No it may not be teh best idea--ha!
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• United States
16 Feb 17
ha I know what you mean friend. I hope now that your gears have shifted and you can carry on being productive, though I am sorry to hear you spilled your coffee. I try to remember that once I do just the first step, I will get on a roll and keep going.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
that first step does get me going a bit. I peter out pretty quickly though. How have you been doing?
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• United States
16 Feb 17
@paigea Fine thanks for asking Paigea. It is a nice sunny day here so that always is something motivating.
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@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
26 Feb 17
Been there done that many days myself, and then I find not getting the things done I need to be getting done and then have to start all over with what my original intentions were.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
26 Feb 17
It is comforting to know I am not the only one. I hope you have a productive day today!
@Tampa_girl7 (25678)
• United States
17 Feb 17
Hopefully your day ended well.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
18 Feb 17
I did more than some days. Not really enough. Maybe next week.
@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Feb 17
It can be hard sometimes to get started. If you could just get the 'bad' chores out of the way, who knows what you might accomplish?
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I haven't gone back to the frustrating things but I did a few other tasks at least
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I wish I could start doing something manual right now, but can't get going either.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
16 Feb 17
I did a little, but now I am sitting again. Sausage is sautéing on the stove, so I will have to get up again.
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@ridingbet (52741)
• Philippines
26 Mar 17
as for me, i think i am free and no blocking for me here, today, until June
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
26 Mar 17
I seem to have an ongoing problem with motivation. What is going to be different in June?
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@ridingbet (52741)
• Philippines
27 Mar 17
@paigea June is the start of the school year 2017-2018. i will be busy in those times.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
27 Mar 17
@ridingbet I see. Is it vacation time right now for you?
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@rebelann (41223)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Feb 17
Maybe I should try that ..... nah, I'd rather drink mine.
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
26 Feb 17
Drinking it is much more invigorating.
@rebelann (41223)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Feb 17
Definately @paigea besides, I'd rather meander the internet
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
26 Feb 17
@rebelann meander is such a good description of what I do here.
• Midland, Michigan
26 Feb 17
We'll take whatever prodding we can get. I'm a bit surprised to find you've written something new already. I happened upon this on another person's activity list. I have much to accomplish today as wall since I'm having my surgery tomorrow morning I'm trying to get everything put away that I won't need for the next three months and do other things to get ready too. I'm here checking up things as well. I did come online to see if our recycling center takes back plastic grocery bags like they used to do, but I found out they do not. Then I paid a bill and meandered over here. Once I respond a discussion from the person's profile I was just at, I'll get back to some of my tasks again.
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
26 Feb 17
Well, my "new" piece is from the 16th. I was trying to think of something to write today, and it just isn't going to happen. You have done well to have things so ready for your surgery. I hope tomorrow goes very smoothly for you. I hope you get back to your tasks after a quick myLot break.
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• Midland, Michigan
26 Feb 17
@paigea I realized this post was from before and didn't think you'd write another so quickly so wasn't looking. I've also saved a bit of things to accomplish and still want to hang here or play games on my tablet in between doing things. My last little load is in the laundry. When it's done I'll bring up a suitcase and do the packing. I still want to get our couch cleaned off, and do a bit more organizing around my desktop and make sure I've not missed any bills that will be due in the next week or so in case I won't be able to easily sit at my desk for a bit.
@paigea (22197)
• Canada
27 Feb 17
@MarshaMusselman You sound very ready. I hope you will be back at your desk quickly. Take care.
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