motivation and why do tasks seem heavy at some times, then light?
There are all sorts of tasks that I procrastinate. It seems that to-do lists are the only way to stay organized even when behind. THis list is helpful, but maybe also a bit of a self-nag when it seems long or hard. So then I don't look at the list, get another notebook, the lists multiply.
And yet... at certain magical moments those tasks and chores, whether work or household, that had seemed heavy, suddenly become light. I just do them. I feel good.
These moments for me come, not from outside pressure, but from a kind of mental space inside that I do not often find, a just-do-it without recrimination from not having done it sooner. Or an 'I WANT that tidy now' so it's a WANT not an OUGHT. Or a moment of happy energy.
It's all in the attitude, but this mental shift is not one I can obtain by will and force. How to find it more often? Do others have experience of this? Would it help me to think of HP bringing this outlook? Tolstoy said something about accomplishing the largest things by a subtle shift. Maybe I should look up that quote and post it here in my next break.
Here it is:
'Remember...that the chief work actuating a [person's] whole life is done not by his hands, his feet or his back, but by his consciousness. And this alteration [i.e. a change in consciousness] defines all subsequent movements of the [person]. Yet these alterations are always minute and almost imperceptible.'.... 'One may say that true life begins where the tiny bit begins--where what seem to us minute and imperceptible alterations take place...'