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#JusJoJan the 6th/23 – Sweet spot


Thanks so much to Ritu for her delectable prompt of the day, the word “sweet.”

I’m going to write about how busy I am—yes, again—because A) it’s what’s on my mind, and B) if I start talking about sweets … Let’s just say there’s an unopened tin of Quality Street chocolates upstairs and I’m trying to not tempt myself into opening it until I’ve completely digested my holiday dinners.

On point “A,” I’m discovering (today—this is an observation I’m just making today) that if I’m only a little bit busy, meaning I’ve got nothing currently on my plate to get done on a deadline, I get less done of what I need to do and more procrastinating done than if I was busier.

It’s the mindset of Oh, I can get that done in five minutes! I can play a game or scroll through my Facebook feed first … what do you mean it’s four o’clock already?!?

It’s as destructive a mindset as, say, opening a tin of chocolates and eating all the orange ones … *slaps self*

My point is, there’s got to be some kind of sweet spot where I’m busy enough to convince my brain that yes, I have to get some work done today, and no, it’s not okay to waste an entire day doing nothing, or on the other face of the coin, being so busy I just want to crawl under the bed with the cat and go to sleep instead of digging in and getting it done.

And if there’s no sweet spot, how do I create one?

The answer is, of course, discipline. Not chasing after that shiny bit of string (apparently I’m easily influenced by the cat) like Facebook when I could be getting the few things that need to be accomplished done first.

Writing everything down in a planner is helping. Being able to see my to-dos without having to remember them (or conveniently forget them) works well as long as there aren’t too many gaps in my schedule.

Maybe I need to find a way to concentrate all my tasks into a set time. Like, say, 9 to noon and 1-5, and then take my scrolling time after those hours.

Now there’s a concept.

I’ll have to contemplate that over some chocolate.


This proactive post is brought to you by Just Jot it January and Ritu! Thanks so much again, Ritu, for the sweet prompt. Please be sure to check out her blog.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

10 thoughts on “#JusJoJan the 6th/23 – Sweet spot

  1. Pingback: Just Jot It January, Sweet | Darswords

  2. Yes, we need that sweet spot or time disappears.


  3. I tend to rely on my timer a LOT. Set it for 15-30 minutes, with a sweet and gentle ring tone, and knock things off the to-do list. When it goes off, I reset it for the same amount of time and get lost on social media, read, or whatever ‘fun’ thing I’d rather be doing. Rinse and repeat until the to-do list is done, or it’s bedtime! 💞💞💞


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  5. There should always be time for chocolate. Even my oncologist agrees


  6. Oh I totally agree with you, Linda. I’m the same. The more tasks, the more productive. The less tasks, the more procrastinating!


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