This morning I had a long list of things to do, most of which required clear-headed writing, focus and some creativity. However, it was one of those rare but unfortunate nights when I didn't sleep well. So I awoke without my usual focus and energy.
OK, I told myself, go with where you are. Why not switch out activities, doing the more physical ones now and saving those that require thinking and writing for another time? Outside of writing this blog, that's basically what I'm doing today—more physical, active tasks.
Sometimes you and I don't have that luxury, and we have to push through even when we're not inspired or are half asleep!
When you do have a choice, however, try to listen to your body and spirit. Where is it leading you today? I invite you to make choices that are consistent with what's going on both inside and outside on any given day or at any given moment, at least when you have that option.
How good are you at listening to your body? To your spirit? It does take time and practice to do that; and the more you do it, the better you'll get at knowing what you need and what's possible to do at any given time. If you're not sure, just stop for a moment. Ask yourself how it will feel to be doing the first task on your to-do list. Do you have the energy? The focus? What about the next task? Just check in with yourself. Doing so will doubtless assure better results than pushing through with something you simply aren't in a good place to do. If there's no choice, there's no choice, obviously. But when there is, make one that's good for you and that works.