After a long weekend, which unfortunately included an ear infection (aren’t we supposed to be done with those after we turn like, 6 years old?) I am back in the office and about to get down to brass tacks.
This week’s to-do list:
A sermon for Sunday.
Some video editing for the confirmation video.
Outline a new video Bible study I’m working on.
A whole bunch of reading for my new seminary class.
The typical odds and ends that come through the week.
This seems like a big to-do list, but it’s actually all kinds of fun work. The problem? I don’t have a single meeting, obligation, or distraction all week. I’m starring down the barrel of a wide open week. This may not sound like much of a problem to many of us, but to me it is.
I’m a huge fan of Steve Pressfield’s book “The War of Art,” in which he personifies resistance. That nagging voice of not wanting to do your work, that lack of desire to get anything done. I know what resistance will do to me this week. Resistance will say “Hey, you have a wide open week. You never have those! Why don’t you just goof off and watch YouTube until Friday and then cram all that stuff in together at the end?” And you know what? Resistance has a point!
So this week I’m going to be working extra hard to motivate myself. My goal is to have even the beginnings of a sermon outline by the end of the day today. That’d be a big deal, it would set the table to get so much other stuff done. So I will do my very best to set aside distractions, like you know, writing blog posts, and get right down to the work of creativity.
What do you do to push back against resistance? How do you keep yourself motivated when the calendar is against you?