I went on tour/vacation for three weeks and came back about a month ago and it seems like I haven’t caught up with everything yet. I feel like I am drowning in a backlog of media that I can never seem to get out of.

“Watch Later” videos on YouTube, articles in my Instapaper queue, TV shows, movies, podcasts, etc. The list goes on and on and my personal and work to-do lists is never ending.

I’ve been trying to buckle down the last week or so but I keep putting everything important off to the last minute (procrastination — shocking, I know). It’s gotten to a point where my creativity is stifled from the amount of work and shit I have to do. I don’t write or doodle anymore and it seriously bums me out.

I’ve dug myself into this hole and it seems like I can’t get out, no matter how hard I try but I thought of something while I was at the gym earlier.

I can’t move forward if I am held back.

I can’t get above water if I don’t swim.

I can’t get my shit done if I don’t do anything.

Even if it’s one little task, I need to do it or else it’s going to add up it has been doing ever since I left for my tour. Though I had a great time and 99 out of 100 times I would absolutely do it again, it left me worse off than I ever was before.

So starting today, I am going to start swimming.

I need to.

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INFJ. Former tour manager. Geek. Soccer. Co-Founder of Mouth Off Network. Host of the Onward and Upward podcast. Freelance writer and digital media guy.

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