I am currently writing this article because I am procrastinating on writing another article that is due by Monday. Isn’t funny how our brains work? I also spent an inordinately large amount of time today cleaning my house (ceiling fans and everything baby!) partially because I was avoiding getting down to the business of writing, even though it is a writing assignment I volunteered for. There is an ulterior motive though as to why I am writing this, and that is to prime my brain to get closer to the headspace I need to be to actually write my article. This might seem kind of silly, but it is true that even though technically speaking I have not gotten to the “real” article, I am inching my way closer by merely turning on my computer and writing (points for not logging unto Facebook instead!). Although I would like to just have the motivation to get on with my work, sometimes I need a little boost in the right direction. I will admit there is a part of me that feels somewhat guilty because I feel like I should just be able to transition a part of my Saturday seamlessly to the writing, as I have much less work-related responsibilities during the weekend. We all know though what really happens when we start shoulding ourselves. Something that would have taken two hours to knock out all of a sudden transforms into a multi-day affair because you’re dealing with the emotional baggage of the entire situation, which is just exhausting. Being an effective worker, especially if you’re in a knowledge-based industry, is all about recognizing when you have the ability to focus, and when that happens, cutting out needless distractions like multi-tasking or answering every email as it comes in. I find it empowering to know that I can acknowledge, mostly guilt-free, that I am in need of a bit more of a mental break, and that when the time comes, I will deliver an awesome article that I am going to be proud of. Until then, I have some fall leaves that need raking.