For the past week, every time I try to sit down and write a blog post I get distracted by shiny things. I just can’t get into it. I looked through all my blog ideas and starts (and there must be 50 of them.) There is one on voting I really want to finish soon. There is one on finding a therapist and one on positivity and I’m just indifferent to all of them. I skipped over each blog start thinking, “boring”, “I don’t care,” “not interesting” and just passed them by. I also save articles in my email for the purpose of blogging or Facebook and, no surprise; I was able to avoid writing by reading a bunch of interesting articles. I just didn’t find a spark to write about.
I started to wonder about how my complete block parallels our lives. How often do we have a task we just can’t get around to doing? Sometimes it is not just duty or tasks we don’t like to do, often people can’t even get started on enjoyable activities. I have heard more times than I can count from people that there are things they want to do but just can’t seem to start. I question how much people miss out on just because they can’t get started. So, I decided to write about nothing. It got me started and I already have the urge to finish one of the blog starts.
The advice to just get started might seem basic. It may prompt a “duh!” response but there it is. Just get started. People tend to feel more confident, more purposeful; more accomplished when just doing something. It doesn’t have to be a big, major event. It can be starting your cleaning project by emptying your dishwasher. It can be beginning to write your great novel by typing up a paragraph. It can be starting that new career by updating your resume. It can be starting that hobby you’ve always dreamed about doing by just looking up information on the internet. Just take action. Stop being distracted by shiny things (whoops, that may be just me.)