Autumn is here. The days and nights are getting colder. My usual strategy for coping with the chill is to bundle up. This morning, though, I couldn’t shake the cold. I turned on the heat for the first time since April, and sat at the kitchen table drinking a mug of cocoa.

As I ran a hot bath, I sat and watched the leaves fall from the walnut tree. I mowed the lawn yesterday, so the grass beneath the tree is short, like a carpet. There’s no wind to speak of, but still yellow dying leaves are drifting down in waves. It’s as if a group of leaves hatched a plan: “Let’s all jump at the same time.”

The cats aren’t pleased with the change in seasons. First of all, there’s not enough light. Second, it’s raining too often. Third, although they have fur, they’d prefer not to have to rely upon it to stay warm. Finally, they no longer have freedom of movement. During the summer, the doors are open constantly, and they can come and go as they please. Not now. Now they have to ask to be let in and out, but they don’t like asking.

Mornings like this are slow. They’re nice. But I need to have some productive mornings. During the week before our vacation, I worked hard to prep articles for the time we’d be gone. It’s been nearly two weeks now since I worked at such a frenzy, but I can’t seem to muster ever a little motivation.

That’s okay, though. I have stuff ready to go through this weekend, for the most part. I still have time to sit at the table, sipping a mug of cocoa, watching the leaves fall.

One Reply to “Hello, Autumn”

  1. Lauren says:

    I (and others) often lose “motivation” after doing adventures, vacations, or wonderful experiences – even a good weekend. I believe it’s a grieving process, missing those exciting times.

    I think we are super-productive before vacations because we have a goal – “getting stuff ready before vacation”. It’s concrete and finite. The ‘problem’ with after-vacation is that “getting back to work” is not concrete and finite, or so it seems.

    It’s important here to create a to-do list, or to-do calendar. (I find the calendar works well). Write down the things you need to do on each of those days. You can even schedule which articles to write when… and your gardening… and your workouts (cardio also!)… and even your socializing. It won’t feel overscheduled if you have spread it out, and if you finish early you can start the next thing.

    This works well if you have an old-fashioned [written] datebook (you know, before iCal or GoogleCal). It’s so low-tech that it actually works, and it can be taken with you when you are out — to schedule new ideas you think about.

    It becomes your visual motivation…

    Hope this helps.

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