In my previous post I spoke about my observations regarding the Burden of Inaction. So now I would like to try and walk you through the actual issue as I observe it, by diving into the mindset of a person struggling through inaction.
It’s a beautiful Saturday morning (or at least it’s not raining for a change). You start the day with the brightest of intentions, you wake up and say today I’m going to:
- Go to the gym
- Hoover the living room
- Put a load of laundry on
- Go to the supermarket and buy groceries
- Call the optician I was meant to visit 2 months ago
- Mow the lawn
- Finally Put that games console I never use, on eBay
- Read the next chapter of my book
You don’t write any of this down, but you’re sure you’ll remember…
At 9am a family member calls and asks if you can help them move some boxes around. This only delays you by an hour or two, so you get home and you remember you need go to the gym, do laundry, buy food, and sell that N64 before it turns to dust. But the less significant things on the list start to slip away.
As you start looking at the time you wonder if you can be really bothered to go to the gym, it’s almost lunch time, it’ll probably be busy by now and you having nothing in the cupboards. “I can always go tomorrow” is what you tell yourself. So off to the supermarket you go.
Now if you have a strong character your shopping trip will go accordingly to plan, but if you’re already under the strain from days/weeks/months of inaction, then that shopping trip can descend into a sugar filled nightmare.
Either way you make it home, no doubt annoyed that everyone else does their shopping at exactly the same time as you, forcing you to spend longer than anticipated at the supermarket. Blissfully ignorant of the fact that you could do your shopping at 7am or 10pm if you really wanted.
You make it home, but it’s now nearly 2pm, and you’ve barely had chance to sit down, so you tell yourself you deserve a little rest.
You manage to create a new to do list in your head, and a few of the items above actually make it on to there, but because the list isn’t written down, you spend the rest of your day flip-flopping between trying to remember that thing you were meant to do today, and completing some tasks while trying desperately not to forget what still needs to be done.
At the end of the day you head off to bed, feeling heavily burdened by a to-do list that never seems to disappear, and as you roll over to sleep you spot that book on the importance of family you promised yourself you were going to read the next chapter of. Before then realizing it was Aunt Maureen’s birthday today and calling/visiting her didn’t even make it onto your mental to do list.
What follows is a night of terrible sleep, as you keep waking up reminding yourself you must call Aunt Maureen, but refusing to either take action on all these tasks that are swirling around your head nor actually writing any of them down, if only to free your mind from the burden of functioning like one of the simplest apps you can find on that phone you’re always glued too!