An Object in Motion
by Steph Beth Nickel
There is a scientific principle that states, “An object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at rest tends to stay at rest.”
I am that object.
While rest is crucial to productivity and peace of mind, vegging on the couch, binge-watching Netflix rarely recharges our batteries. At least it doesn’t recharge mine.
I am excellent at making excuses.
As an extrovert, I need company—even fictious characters.
I’ll be more productive—tomorrow.
Just one more episode. Yeah, right!
Sitting with my hubby, watching a movie we enjoy, doesn’t fall under the same category. At the end of a long, crazy day, Dave needs to decompress. And we are together, something we enjoy even after 39 years of marriage. Thank You, Lord!
But that lying back and “resting” on the couch by myself? It rarely, if ever, energizes me. I can’t seem to muster up the energy to read, which would be much better for my intellect and my mood. Most often I fall asleep, even though I’ve had enough rest.
However, when I head to my home office, sit at my desk, and make significant progress—or even complete—a long-neglected project …
Now, that’s when I do an internal happy dance. I feel the shot of adrenaline. And I want to move onto my next task.
Instead of tiring me out, my work recharges me, something sedentary “leisure activities” never does.
If you’re “an object at rest” but aren’t feeling renewed, here are a dozen suggestions that may get you moving:
- Get up and stretch periodically.
- Grab a healthy snack.
- Drink a tall glass of water.
- Go for a hike—or a walk around the block.
- Play some upbeat music.
- Dance like no one’s watching—especially if you’re alone.
- Do a favourite workout.
- Read a book or listen to a podcast instead of watching TV.
- Take a TIMED BREAK to play an online game. Wordle has really taken off recently.
- Connect with a friend (via Zoom or Voxer, on the phone, in person—whatever works for the two of you).
- Find an accountability partner. Connect at the beginning of the week and state one or things you each want to accomplish by the end of the week. Connect again at the end of the week. Knowing we are answerable to someone often motivates us to become “an object in motion.”
- Play a board game with your family. And if you live alone or want to expand your group and can’t get together in person, set something up via Zoom. Yes, there are many people who are tired of Zoom meetings of all kinds, but it can bridge the distance and do you a lot of good.
Note: It’s important to check with your health care provider before you change your diet and/or level of physical activity.
Getting things crossed off my Procrastination List is one of the best feelings ever—and, this week, I’ve done well.
My plan for the days ahead: Become an Object in Motion.
How about you? What recharges your batteries and inspires and motivates you to keep making strides forward?
Steph Beth Nickel is an editor, writer, and birth doula. If you would like more information about her services, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org;
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Yes, progress on a writing project feels great! So does finishing! And so does starting, really… I guess it’s all about if we’re inspired by the project itself. In my life, there are some chores that only bring relief when they’re done 🙂 Thanks for these tips, Stephanie!