Still a New Year (or Please Don’t Rush Me)

As I type this post, I am listening to Korede Bello’s Godwin at maximum volume because I’m supposed to go for a 12-hour call and I need all the motivation to get my body moving out of this bed.

Happy new year guys.

I’m not going to ask about your new year resolutions yet.

I hope so far the year has been decent to you. I hope you’re still holding on to the light, that you’re winning against whatever darkness threatens to envelope you.

At the start of the year, I decided I would get ahead of the spirits of procrastination (I wrote about that affliction here), and try to stay on top of things. I would start crushing my goals for the year early, because you know, aspire to acquire your desire.

I had just started my Senior Obstetrics and Gynecology Posting, and there were about a million activities set out for me. I was not going to slack, but be very present and actively involved.

There were a couple of creative projects I wanted to carry out and I was going to begin work on them immediately.

As a bonus, I was also going to catch up on the episodes of my favorite TV shows, and finish reading the books I had started and dumped. Go motivation, go multitasking.

What a clown.

Barely ten days into the new year and I was already fatigued; I felt burnt out and severely unmotivated. More tragically, I had scarcely scratched the surface of all those things I wanted to do. I was ready to quit school (for the 3189th time), and I had definitely not started working on any of the mini projects.

After deceiving myself for so long, I came to the conclusion that my life was the way it was because I was going to school, studying, watching 6 TV shows, reading 3 books all at the same time. Or I was trying to.

I’ve come to recognize that as much as I’d like to be, I am simply not a multitasker, or at least an efficient one. I am not one of those people who can successfully juggle multiple tasks at once, while remaining sane. It appears I perform best when I handle tasks one at a time.

So I’m not doing multitasking with you people again.

I have accepted that and now I am pacing myself. The past week was different as I tried to focus on one major task and stick with it, neglecting the temptation to jump into another.

I spent a day reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and crying gangster tears as I finished it. I hadn’t finished a book in a long time and that alone made me feel so much accomplished.

The book responsible for my tears. A magnificent read.

When am I going to finish reading my school books, you ask? I wonder as well.

What other things have I been doing in the world?

• School has filled much of my time and space. Obstetrics and Gynecology is a lot of stress but most people there are fun so that alleviates the pain in a way.

I got to assist in a surgery which was an interesting experience. Book me for your surgeries today guys.

• I took a personality test, since you can never know too much about yourself. It’s called the Big Five Personality Test. It’s free and you can check it out here.

This is where I ask about your new year resolutions.

That’s if you had any to start with.

If you did, are you coasting smoothly through them, following through with those plans, and making your ancestors proud?

Or has it been a circus show like mine?

Cheers to the rest of 2020.

22 thoughts on “Still a New Year (or Please Don’t Rush Me)

  1. Cheers to recognizing and blending with who you are😍😍, Most times we wish we can do 100things at time but it doesn’t work for everyone🙇🙇.

  2. All my plans for January went up in flames so I definitely get where you are coming from. Maybe we should all try not carrying everything at the same time. Do things one by one. It’s probably safer for my mental health sef.

  3. The clown 🤡 part got me, I planned my week so well at the beginning of the week but 😧, my plans didn’t survive 4 days. So many times we make plans we never stick to, knowing one’s self is key, shunning laziness is yet another battle to fight when it comes to effective execution.

  4. I think ‘Multitasking’ kinda spreads us too thin and stretches us out in more directions than we should/can go. Eventually, we waste time, energy and money trying to be a ‘Superman’, end up with a diminished productivity while, at the same time, still being robbed of the little gifts of life; time with friends, family, helping out, relationships etc… I think the world would be a better place a lot faster if people learnt to focus their energies… That’s my take.
    P.S. Glad to see you aren’t giving up on those goals. Take life one step at a time. God bless you Dupsy

  5. This was beautiful as always and is so relevant to me now. My new strategy is to make small gains on my goals as often as possible and trust that they would have compounded into something substantial by the end of the year.

  6. Another beautiful read……
    The 3189th time got me reeling as well.
    I’ ll want to join you on the ride of “One thing at a time’ I have been so long on the multitasking ride that it’s time for a break.
    Love always Modupe…

  7. I totally agree with you Dupe. On 31st December, 2019, I had the whole of 2020 planned out. I even got a calender and wrote my ‘life’ on it. I sometimes feel ashamed looking at the unachieved goals on the calendar. But like you said, it pays to take life one step at a time.

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