TMI Will Clog The Pipes

October-10-2014 4 comments

Drag-My-FeetI have finally discovered the sense and sensibility for slow-to-start days, extra long morning coffee breaks and why sometimes I want to avoid my laptop like it’s a loaf of bread covered with fungus (yuck – had to throw that out the other day!).

It came to me today when I glanced at the clock and saw it was 11am and all I had mustered up the moxie to do was eat breakfast, guzzle 2 cups of coffee, pull off a 20 minute guided meditation and string a few nonsensical sentences together in my fancy new journal.

And that’s when it hit me.  I’m doing everything to avoid my laptop because…

In a (pea)nut shell, there’s just too much.  I already have waaaaayy to many stray thoughts, random facts, million-dollar business ideas and wandering to-do lists floating around in my head, that my body is physically preventing me from doing anything that will bring me face to face with MORE information.

You know this feeling right?  When you just can’t muster up the mojo to really do anything, let alone anything productive!

Well my friend, here’s the good news.  It’s not about you being lazy and it’s not the time to point the finger at yourself for all the things you think you ‘should’ be doing – so just kick those inner critics to the curb!

It’s a sign.

It’s a sign that your mental sink is clogged up and it’s time for some human-friendly Drano.

“Drag-my-feet mornings are your body’s way of saying, “Stop, Drop and Purge”. 

So when you are hit with this syndrome, don’t try to fake it till you make it.

Instead, grab a piece of paper and start scribbling.  Get all those thoughts out!

Thoughts about what to make for dinner, the friend you haven’t spoken to lately, the pile of books you wish you had time to read, the train ticket you need to book – it’s all taking up space and it’s the reason why you are feeling stuck (or at least some of the reasons why I was!).

Trust me – if you get all these floating objects out of your psyche, creativity, motivation and flow will be restored.  In fact, it’s exactly what got me into the right mental space to write this post!  Now that’s proof in the (chocolate) pudding.

So – are you ready to sanitize the pipes so that you can get back into flow?

This Week’s Challenge

For the next 5 days, when you feel like you’re stuck in concrete, grab an 8 ½  x 11  (or an A4 if you’re European!), set the timer on your phone for 5 minutes, and let it rip.  Write.  Scribble.  Get out anything and everything that crosses your mind.

Special love note for the perfectionists: This is NOT about being productive, neat or strategic!  This is not the time to pull out your cute journal with your matching magic markers.  It’s about free writing and purging.  In fact, bonus points goes to the messiest and most illegible notes!


When the timer goes off: RIP IT UP! Throw it away.  This is about cleaning the pipes, and last I checked, you don’t hang onto the hair that you’ve pulled out of the bathroom sink, do you? (Eww – had to do that this weekend too!).

Let the thoughts hit the can with the paper and breath into the blue sky of your mind.

Let’s Chit Chat

Did you have an A-Ha once you cleaned the pipes? Or do you have another tip for getting out of these mojo-free moments? Well come on then, let’s hear ’em!  Leave a love note below!

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  1. Tara-Lee Reply

    Thanks hun, love reading your newsletters as they come in!
    This one especially resonated with me this week as I am on the job hunt! But also have to make a cake for my boyfriends birthday tomorrow, walk the dog, send my sister in Texas a care package, as well as focussing on job hunting!
    Plus so much more…
    TL from New Zealand

    1. Seema Post authorReply

      So happy you enjoy my newsletters Tara! And as you say, it looks like this one came just in time! Did you have a chance to get it all out on paper? If so, I’m curious if you felt the ‘aaaahhhhh’ afterwards?! Let us know if it worked, and if not, what did!

  2. Melanie Wanless Thompson Reply

    Hey Seema! It is like you are in my head!! and that is a scary random thought unto itself. Trying to organize myself to start a training consulting business, while background noise running about find a job vs. making my dream job, kids, finances…and yes, the million dollar business ideas as well. This afternoons job will be to grab that piece of blank paper and go….after I rake some leaves and go for a walk with the neighbour :) hope you are well, and we need to catch up! mel

    1. Seema Post authorReply

      Hey Mel! You know this just confirms that you are NOT ALONE, right?! We are in this together! And by the way, I love how you wrote that you will get all of it out of your head AFTER raking the leaves! hehe. That’s definitely a start! And imagine if you did it first thing in the morning…what would open up for you?! Sending hugs your way and yes – let’s def connect soon!

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