11 Replies to “Turning the Corner

    • Agreed. I’m a terrible procrastinator. I’ve started working through the book Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. The best first step is “Just get started.” Its’ kind of backwards. Motivation follows action. Once you get started it kind of takes a life of it’s own. It’s not the only thing you can do and there is no “one size fits all solution”.

      I like to cook and once I start cooking or baking it takes on a life of it’s own. I don’t think about being depressed and it’s not a distraction. I just realize, hey I did something, and I didn’t feel down.

      I don’t know what kind of depression you suffer from and I know the treatment stats are pretty dismal. So I’m not going to offer any cheery ideas that probably won’t work. I can only say what works for me.

      Also, have you read Hyperbole and a Half?

    • Yeah, I definitely find your observation about starting being more important than inspiration to be true in many of my endeavors. My experience closely mirrors your own, once I start practicing guitar, recording, writing, or tinkering on my next beer recipe, focus develops and my spirits just organically rise.

      My depression, at least according to my GP, is situational. Over this past weekend, not sure what the trigger was, possibly a bum experience with a local concert that then triggered some further self defeating thoughts. Doesn’t help that it is not chronic when I am in the middle of it. Affects my sleep and physical well being, not just my outlook and motivation. When I posted yesterday, it was because it felt like the sun breaking through the clouds. A very drastic, and welcome, positive turn.

      I have not read Hyperbole and a Half. Checking it out, now.

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