I squinted at my friend through the camera.
“What’s that on your wall?”
It looked like velcro, or something holding the place of where a picture should be.
“Oh that. Yeah, the previous tenants had stuff on the walls, but I just haven’t had time… I’ve been meaning to do something with this room for months now,” he said, annoyed at himself.
“Wait. That’s something that you do, too? You let stuff like that sit on your to-do list for months and then get angry at yourself?” I asked.
Another friend on the call piped up: “See this map behind me? It took us like three months to tack it up.”
And then another friend chimed in: “Dude, half our house still needs to be painted.”
This was a group of some of the most productive entrepreneurs I know. And yet, I could relate to everything they were saying. It had taken me months to get around to painting the interior of my trailer. It isn’t even done now. Painters tape is still stuck everywhere.
We all laughed at how familiar our stories were.
“It’s a matter of priorities, I guess. We all work so hard on our projects, that home decor tends to sink to the bottom of the list.”
“Much to the annoyance of significant others,” someone joked.
Our group’s shared experience was interesting, and made me feel a little better about the turtle-pace I adopt in certain areas of my life.
When you prioritize meaningful creative projects, naturally other things are going to slide. This isn’t an excuse to live in filth, and some balance is definitely required. It’s just nice to know that you aren’t, by any means, alone. You’re actually in pretty impressive company.
I think we could all stand to beat ourselves up a little less when it comes to productivity. If you’re working on something personally meaningful at all, then give yourself a fucking pat on the back.
Can you relate?
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