I feel it’s inevitable when you make a big life change, like moving. This week, I’ve been getting used to the house, getting acclimated to the area, and it’s been nice just chilling and relaxing and kinda sorta ignoring responsibilities for a time. For me, if I do that for too long, I get into a pattern I like to call loafing around – where you just sort of veg out on hulu, Facebook, YouTube and anything that can keep you from doing what you should be doing. Is it fun? Oh yeah totally! Gimme a marathon of South Park, Supernatural and The Voice and I’ll see you in July!
Right, I need to do that practicing thing…and that blogging thing…and that recording thing…
Sigh. Well I guess it couldn’t last forever. Time to get off my butt and get back to work!
What I do to get back on track when I get into these slumps is twofold:
– I make a schedule for myself, a short list of the things I need to do for the day. Even if I don’t look at it again, I function far better when it’s been written down. When I write a to to list of sorts down, it sticks in my memory far more than if I’m trying to just remember to do something with my horrible short term memory. This happens a few days after my next step, however, but since my second step is more of an ingrained, long-term process I go through I put this step first and foremost in my mind so I can have it front and center and not forget to do it.
– This step is more of an ongoing process for me, but it works wonders! You know all of that YouTube, Hulu and Netflix stated above? Well, why not use that to your advantage! I surround myself with things that I know will motivate me to do what I need to do. I watch The Voice, sure, but I also pay attention to the advice the coaches are giving their singers, and the techniques the singers are using in their songs. If I hear a song that I like and think I’d like to cover, I add it to a list of songs that I keep that I either need to learn, or practice. I pay attention to the styles that the artists are using as a sort of “What singing trends are in” guideline to stay in the know with the industry. And finally, what I think is the most important part of watching The Voice is the inspirational quotes you can get from the coaches! I keep a running word document of quotes I think will be motivating for me and write it down as close to verbatim as I can. If not, I paraphrase but it helps majorly for keeping me going and keeping me singing!
Are you a business owner? Why not watch The Profit and Shark Tank on Hulu. I do that, too and love learning while watching entertaining television. When I read fiction, I soak in the style to see how authors write pros and see how I can build my craft. Or, if non-fiction is more your thing, read a book that you know will motivate you to do whatever it is you’re putting off. Doesn’t have to be a self-help book – it can be anything! Just something that will help you get back into the flow of things and move forward. You’d be surprised how helpful doing something you consider an affirmative action can be for your self-confidence!
Getting back on the horse known as life is both exciting and exhausting. It’s nice to take a break from reality for a while, but at a certain point I get majorly restless and want to get going again! Have you ever gotten in a chillaxing sort of funk? What did you do to get out of it. I’d love to read in the comments!