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Friday, February 17, 2012

I Don’t Want To

I exercise five or six days a week because I like to. Ever since I was a kid I’ve liked being active. I was never that girl who was afraid of getting sweaty or smelly or dirty. That’s why showers and soap were invented! 
Even though I enjoy working out most days, there are still some mornings when I. Don’t. Want. To. And you know what? Those are the days I push myself more. The times when I don’t feel like exercising are the most important days to make sure I absolutely do. Why? If I don’t, then I know I’ll regret it later. I never ever regret it when I do work out. But when I skip a morning (without good reason), later in the day I berate myself for being so indolent.
I hate that feeling, knowing you should’ve done something but you didn’t.
That’s why I write every day, too. Most days I enjoy writing and can’t wait to get to my desk. But there are some days when I. Don’t. Want. To. And those are the times when I know I absolutely must write! Sometimes when you skip one day, it’s easier to skip the next day. And the next day. So I definitely don’t want to get into that bad habit!
The thing is, whether it’s exercising the body or the mind, starting is the hardest part when you just don’t feel like it. Once I get started, time flies by, and I know I can certainly do a few more exercises or write another hundred words. Then later in the day, I feel good about myself and what I accomplished. Now that’s a feeling I can get used to!
What do you do during those times you don’t feel like writing? Do you take a break or power through the indolence?
Have a happy weekend, Zigzaggers! May it be restful but happily productive, too!


Journaling Woman said...

There are very few times that I don't feel like writing. I think I do it in my sleep but can't catch myself. :) But when that happens I do something else: Watch a movie, take a walk, talk to myself or read.

Have a great weekend.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I hate to say it, but I force myself. Got to, being on deadline. I usually *don't* feel like writing. But I sure love that feeling of *having written!* (Shades of Dorothy Parker) :)

Patti said...

I need to have your attitude about exercising. Usually when I don't feel like writing, I don't force myself unless it's been longer than a couple of days.

Misha Gericke said...

I usually power through, but a few days ago I couldn't summon the energy. So I took them off. And guilt aside, I actually feel better. :-)

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Usually, if I read a bit from where I left off, I can catch the bug again and get excited.

DL Hammons said...

What do I do during those times I don’t feel like writing? I leave snarky comments on my blogging buddies post!

Actually, If I'm not writing...I'm either watching TV or playing on my Xbox. Don't scold me. :(

Karen Strong said...

I also enjoy working out. But I hear you when you say sometimes you're not feeling it.

When it comes to writing, even if I just write in my journal, I try to write something everyday.

Have a FABULOUS weekend. :)

storyqueen said...

I used to write on several projects at a time, so if I didn't feel like writing on one, I could write on another.

But right now, if I don't feel like writing on a particular piece of writing, I just force myself to. If it is working, I'll keep going. If the "forcing" feels "forced" when I write, then i take a break.


Tracy Jo said...

I love that feeling of a productive day! I usually take a break if I am stuck...have a cup of tea. It always seems to help if I walk away for a moment. Have a great weekend!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I take a break and catch up with all the other pending work. But I try to avoid having too many non-writing days.

Laura Marcella said...

Teresa- Those are all really great things to keep the creative mind active!

Elizabeth- Yes, I can understand that. It probably helps sometimes to have deadlines because you MUST write!

Patti- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! Some people don't need to write every day. I do (even if it's just journaling) or else I might get into the bad habit of going too many days w/o writing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Misha- There are some days I need to take a break from my wips, too, usually on a Saturday or Sunday. But I always journal so at least I'm doing some writing!

Tasha- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! Sometimes it does help to step back so you can come back to it feeling fresh and excited about your writing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and I appreciate the follow!

DL- LoL, my husband is usually playing XBOX too!

Karen- I agree! There are some days, usually a weekend day, when I need a break from my wips. But I always journal!

Shelley- I work on more than one thing at a time, too. I think that helps because I can do something new each day!

Tracy- So do I! Getting things done and feeling like you're making progress and moving forward is the best feeling.

Rachna- There are some days, usually a weekend day, when I need a break from my wips. But I always journal!

Julie Dao said...

I wish you were my workout buddy! I get sooo lazy about exercising - not because I am afraid of getting sweaty, but because sitting on my couch is so much more comfortable :) I drag myself to the gym 3 times a week but it's very tough. This is also true of writing, sometimes. I just try to power through but occasionally I'll give myself a break! Hope you're having a great weekend, Laura!

kimberlyloomis said...

Very good question. Honestly, I've submitted to the "I don't want to's" quite a lot over the last few months. There are a bevy of excuses I could employ to justify it, but in the end I still didn't write much. At all. Sometimes I would force myself (back in the days where my oldest had naps and was an only child), but lately it's all I can do to keep myself in front of the computer and NOT log on to facebook. Needless to say - I'm working on it. :)

Laura Marcella said...

Julie- LoL, I hear ya! Sometimes it's hard to get up and get moving. But it's worth it! Same goes for writing, definitely. Hope you have a great week!

Kimberly- That's good you recognize it. Then you can start taking the necessary steps to get where you want to with your writing. Good luck!

Janice said...

lol I wallow in self pity and medicate with chocolate.

I'm usually very good at pushing myself, but when procrastination gets the better of me I read a motivating book, or read another writer's success story. I kind of think, if they can do it, I can do it.

Laura Marcella said...

Janice- I hear you! I do the whole chocolate thing on a regular basis, LoL. Reading a book or an inspirational writer's story are things I've done, too. Reading is always a great motivator for me!

Saumya said...

Lol, Laura, I've told you before I don't know you're so disciplined about exercise. It's awesome! Last night I really didn't want to go to the gym but made myself. You're definitely right: you never regret exercising after. As for writing, I tend to do other things (probably not a good thing).

Laura Marcella said...

Saumya- I don't know either, LoL. I do it when I don't feel like it because I know I'll always feel good about it afterwards! That's true for many things, too, not just exercising and writing.