Do what you need to do

Sometimes you need to give yourself permission to do what you need to do. All morning I’ve been fighting with myself, my  to-do list, my obligations to sit down with my notebook and pen and write out some very significant details to help me prepare for next month (I’m finishing school!). It’s been on my to-do list for some time now and I know I need to write it out, but instead of sitting down I started doing everything but that.

I cleaned our home.

I washed dishes.

I did the last bit of laundry.

I sat for hours scrolling through internet stories.

I started trolling people on facebook.

And each time I did one of those things other than writing in my notebook, I started feeling guilty and would chastise myself. How could I spend all this time doing other things when planning for my future should be more important. Or at least they should be the most important – it’s creating goals!

I then decided to stop doing everything else to just sit down and write. I would stop feeling guilty then, right?

However, instead of feeling inspired I started thinking about how I should restart my phone, perhaps take a nap, or should I clean the windows? I still resisted writing.

I then decided, that sometimes you need to give yourself permission to do what you need to do. And today I need to give myself permission to do not what I feel is important but just do the things I want to do. Even if that means cleaning the windows instead of planning for my future. It doesn’t mean my future isn’t important – it just means it’s not the right time to figure it out, that clearly my mind and body has other things it wants to enjoy instead of planning and making goals. It just wants to be.

Funny enough, I had been feeling guilty for not creating a blog post for a couple of weeks due to school, but I’ve been feeling so drained and tired by the end of the school day that I feel like I have nothing left to give. But the moment I gave myself permission to do what I need to do, I felt inspired to write this! Magic happens when you leave space for permission.

Design your lifestyle assignment
What have you been feeling resistance to lately? Do you need to give yourself permission to let go? Set some time aside to think about what you’re really needing to do (watch the world go by, clean the floor, take a nap) instead of the things you’re feeling obligated to do, even if you know they are important. Listen to what you’re body and mind are telling you, what are you able to make space for? Give yourself permission to do what you need to do.

Please feel free to share your discoveries in the comments below!

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1 comment
  • JennyJune 12, 2013 - 12:46 AM

    your words just fit perfectly this week as I start my day with a full to do list an empty fridge and floor that needs to be cleaned and i just can’t get anything done. isn’t it hard to sometimes prioritize everything in your life – business, the house, yourself and sometimes you even need a little time to rest for a minute? I really struggle with that.ReplyCancel