[fr] Parfois, on fait les choses même quand on n'en a pas vraiment envie.
“Just do it” is the answer many of us poor procrastinators get when asking for support from our non-procrastinating friends. And usually, it doesn’t help.
However, I’ve learned that there are situations where “just do it” is the answer. Years ago, I realized that I had become trapped in an excessive “what do I feel like doing” state of mind. I would wait until I felt like doing something to do it. I thought that I needed to feel like doing things to do them, and expected that at some point I would always feel like doing the things I had to do.
Probably too many childhood and teenage years what I wanted and what I felt like were not given enough place in my life, but let’s not dwell on that.
The important realization was when I understood that sometimes you don’t feel like doing things, and you still do them. You don’t feel like doing the washing-up, but you do it because you’ve decided that you wanted to live with a reasonably clean kitchen and clean dishes for your next meal. You don’t really feel like eating anything in particular, or maybe chocolate, but you make a salad, cut some bread, and put a piece of meat in the pan because you’ve decided it was important to have a balanced diet, even when you didn’t really feel like it.
And sometimes you work, or study, because you have an end goal in mind, or need to earn a living, even if you don’t always feel like it.
This is not to say you should ignore your feelings. But sometimes, for some people, listening to them too much can get in the way of living.
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4 thoughts on “Just do it [en]”
Sometimes I’ll just begin and force myself through something that has to be done too. But then I’ll reward myself, ’cause I’m a good girl! 😉
Yes, rewards! I should have added that 🙂
This is in line with a recent entry from Aaron Swartz : “Do It Now“.
Just do it can be a useful phrase for those of us that are healthy. Care needs to be taken with regard to someone with depression however as “Just do it” is the last thing that they need to hear! Enjoy your posts!