From quite sometime, I had been in a vicious circle of daydreaming and procrastination. It affected my work on the blog and things were overwhelming. I started writing about it in my journal.
From scrolling mindlessly through the reels in the name of inspiration, to wondering how the likes and followers of others are increasing by 4 digits in a matter of days while I am still struggling to get to three digit (On Insta, reached that milestone on FB), to being intimidated by the amazing work they are doing, to trying to get that perfection (droolworthy recipe, outstanding plate, eye-catching still shot, a video worthy of stopping the scrolling, getting the right description and keywords) and daydreaming about having a virtual family and friends who share my love for cooking and relate with the work I am doing. I
I had been wondering about how much of personal life to share on the blog and wondering whether to show my face on camera or not. Then there was cribbing about the lack of time and too much work to be done. In addition, the judgement of others as to what am I doing with my life was affecting me. I had been justifying my procrastination with silly excuses (more to myself than to others). There have been many a times that I would be sitting in front of laptop, staring cluelessly at it and whiling away my time.
Overcoming procrastination: Realisation and motivation
While writing the journal, I realised that what others have achieved is a reflection of their passion, love, time and consistency. It is about just starting the work, posting that imperfectly shot reel and learning on the go. Experimenting and improving upon yourself, getting up every time you fall, learning from mistakes. It’s about becoming your own cheerleader. People would have an opinion ALWAYS! Even if you are doing “well” in conventional terms, you would have to face criticism or unthoughtful comments. You have to keep your reasons in mind and just do it anyway.
Why am I publishing this “journal” entry? May be because somebody wanted to hear it today that self-doubt is real, that you are your biggest critique, that everyone is dealing with issues, that people would keep saying stuff. But you need to just get up and hustle and remember “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
If you have read it till here, you have my utmost gratitude and love. Would you want to share your experiences in the comments below? Have you checked out the food recipes yet or not? If you have any comments on the blog, I would love to know. Thank you so much for your patient reading.