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Why You Should Listen To Your Lazy Self

Why You Should Listen To Your Lazy Self
By Elizabeth Filips • Issue #3 • View online
I’m a scheduling queen.
Seriously, I just love that fresh-new-project feeling, time-blocking, organising a calendar, or bullet journal with what my inspired self feels like imaging my life will start to look like. The issue is, I’m not always my inspired self.
Too often I’m my lazy self. I can’t stop scrolling. I cba to stick to things when that early excitement fades.
And so I’ve found most things I start, I completely just stop.
I don’t know why it took me so long to (accidentally) figure out, that if I was scheduling things for my lazy self, the chances of me failing came down to basically zero.
When inspired I could overwork and go ahead on my schedule.
When lazy I could to the bare minimum I scheduled.
And when particularly unproductive, I’m always always in the buffer-zone of ‘I probably have done too much at some point to not fall behind now’.
It’s amazing.
And it’s not just being generous with my scheduling time, I create whole systems of work that improve when I’m unproductive.
My creative work benefits from breakthroughs I get when in the shower or daydreaming in bed. (So I start this work, identify key problems, and just let it be).
My second brain benefits from drafts not being categorised, because even if I get around to it 6 months later, I’m much more likely to have a fresh perspective.
My study schedules are a combination of up-until-2am on a topic I love, and a weeks of not touching lecture notes because I’m not in the mood.
I’m working consistently, but on a longer time-scale, never stopping things that are important to me. Rather than coming up with some ridiculous ‘rigid and consistent’ plan, that I ultimately drop altogether.
I’d really recommend doing this more intentionally :)

Quote of the week
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow, What a Ride’”
—Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955–1967
My Favourite Things This Week
Neurology - Oh no, I think I’ve found my speciality. It’s my favourite non-surgical placement so far. I’m really going to have an amazing 7 weeks ahead.
Podcast - I recorded my first podcast!! It was with the absolutely amazing Sheen and it should be out in about 3 weeks! I’m genuinely beyond excited and even more flattered.
YouTube Videos this week
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Elizabeth Filips

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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