Distraction leads to procrastination

This is a guest post, by the beautiful Renee Avard. Renee teaches others how to express their own “Unique-tivity”.


I have come into the awareness that I am easily distracted.

In the past, I could see and understand why. I had legitimate excuses to do anything I could to keep my mind occupied, and that included avoiding a job I hated, keeping busy so that my surroundings felt less harsh and having a health crisis that left me disabled.

But now, and after a lot of hard work, sweat, time, money and lessons learned, I am finally at the point in my life where I am exactly where I want to be. I have my own business. Writing is my passion and love and I am able to freelance and I am getting a book together. My son is nearly grown and is very independent so the challenge of having to entertain him is no longer there. I have been married nearly a decade and we are at the stage where work is not needing to be done all the time on the relationship. But, even though I have worked hard to get here and I love what I do, one word comes to mind that I must work on:


Now, I am of the firm belief that you cannot rush inspiration. I know that if I do not feel creative at a moment, I do not need to attempt to write, draw or design anything because I know the job will not be done to the best of my ability.


My to-do lists are filled daily with things I absolutely want to do, there are still days, hours, weeks that I stare into space and fill my time doing other things (yes, still creative work, just not what I need at that moment).


I know there are other people out there who suffer from this. Important to note, however, is just because you love something, does not mean there won’t be days when you just are not going to feel like doing anything. Take a step back, take a break and return to it when you are able. This also goes back to the fact that often I find myself thinking, “I should do this”, “This has to be done,” and more. The basic principle here is that we impose these ideals on ourselves. For me, the dates of when things need to be turned in and prepared is what I go by and other than that, I do not put that undue pressure on myself to write every day and make everything I write a masterpiece. It does not work that way.


I realized as I looked around, all I could see for my hard work and time-consuming days was all of this gathering I had done. Inspirations, pictures, books, new websites to eventually read and the collections of scrap pieces of paper for the “next big thing”. Then, Spirit visited me and reminded me of quote that really put me in my place and created an excitement in me and I had what I call a “light-bulb moment!”


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” —Mark Twain


I came up with a mini-ritual to assist on those days when it seems I am not producing as much as I believe I could be. I hope this can help anyone who can relate to this issue.

All you need is some incense. What I like to do is to go to my computer and my table, where I do most of my work and light the incense and wave the smoke over the entire area. As I do this, I speak strongly my intention on what needs to happen.

I am not in a hurry, yet I need speed
To assist with a completion of a task I need
This fire turned into air I adorn this place
Procrastination is no longer welcome in this space
No, not in a hurry, yet talks need to reach the finish line
For I feel what I do needs to be shared, it is not only mine.

This can be done as often as you like. For me, I have been doing it almost daily and it does work and because of the dedication of my work and the love I have for it, by doing this small step, my mindset becomes more positive and I firmly believe I have it in me and I am able to do it.


Leaving you with a few great ways to get your mindset changed if you are stuck in a negative place.

  • I work hard and I am good at what I do.
  • All things I desire I will receive in time.
  • I know this is my life’s work and I know Time will be found to produce quality work.
  • Ideas and inspiration comes easy to me and I am able to follow through.

 reneeAs an eclectic Spiritualist with focus on Earth-Based Spirituality, Renee Avard, the “Unique-tivity Guide,” has many areas of expertise. Her business is a customized Holistic and Spiritual endeavor assisting in bringing out the unique and creative side each person already has inside them. Forever learning, Renee is both a student and a guide who is here to show you how to allow your Star inside to lighten Life outside. We are all worth catching. Follow Renee and her endeavors on Facebook and on her website.

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I’m a barely tamed hippie, sage, seasoned, sarcastic (not all the time any more, but still). I’m a mom, a daughter, sister, a neighbor, and a friend. I’ve been on this meandering journey — like you, probably — seeking a better connection to and experience of peace, harmony, and fun in every bit of life. I’m single, quite good at it, and mostly love it. I’m here for the conversations I get to have with you, which these days center on exploring the mystery and beauty of life, work, health, aging, and creative expression. Want to know a little more about me and my journey? Explore the site. Read the blog. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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  1. Thanks so much, Renee, for this. I’m so grateful that you contributed your article to my blog.

    Love and magic,

    • Thank you, Sue, for allowing me a voice here. Your site is remarkable and I am honored to be here. 

      Love, light and Uniquetivity! 


  2. Renee is one of my favorite author, blogger and spiritual friend. Her articles are always written from her heart, expernience and knowledge. Her words always have power and a softness we need in our lifes in these times of stress.

  3. Ms Mari you are so kind and thoughtful and I am blessed that I can make an impact. There just is no better feeling. Thank you and bless you in all ways, Mari!

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