I’ve been busy working away at the list I call The List of Overwhelming Tasks That Need To Get Done Before The Break Is Over. It’s really not that overwhelming of a list when I think objectively about it. I’ve just procrastinated on all of it so much, that everything feels dreaded.
The first milestone was cleaning off and organizing my desk. Every school year or semester I always hope that this time the organization will hold. I cannot yet remember a single time the chaos has held off for more than a week or so. 😂
Today I’ve been trying to tackle as many tasks as I can. I haven’t been very motivated in the last few weeks I’ve had off between my summer job and school starting next week, so maybe that’s why The List can feel so overwhelming and all important.
Sometimes bouncing back and forth between tasks every few minutes ends in disaster and just leaves me with a bunch of incomplete tasks. Today, it’s been kind of fun to just bounce around and do little parts of different tasks and watch tasks actually get done once I make enough rounds. Maybe it will still end in me staring exhaustedly at all the halfway done things, but for now, it’s fun. 🙃
I’ve kinda been the same way about books this summer. Persistently working away at a group or list of books, but bouncing between genres and series and books.
I’m getting closer and closer to finishing my buddy-read/binge-read of Sherlock Holmes. The goal was to finish all of the Sherlock Holmes books by next week, but I think I’ll still have The Return, The Casebook, and The Last Bow remaining. Still, that’s a lot of Sherlock Holmes for one summer. It’s been super fun. 🙂
It’s been a bit of a struggle lately to get back into a regular habit of reading and digging into God’s word after the kind of relapse of all routines and habits during my summer break. I find myself either going back to familiar passages or wandering blindly through less-familiar ones, and remembering only a vague imprint of what I read. I think sometimes I need to stop and remember that most if not all worthwhile things are hard, rest when applicable, recall what those worthwhile things are (like God’s word), and plow on.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
-Proverbs 20:4 (ESV)