Hello Resistance, How Are You Today and What Do You Want?
Do you ever feel like you’re not doing enough? Maybe you have these bouts of work that last for a while here, a time there, but then, even if you’ve gotten a ton of stuff done, you still question what you’ve not done?
Studies I’ve read (but am not looking up to cite here) have shown that most people who “work” an 8-hour day only work maybe 2–4 hours, in total. This is true for lots of reasons, but I believe (again, I’m not citing anything but my memory) this is because most modern jobs don’t need an 8-hour day.
When you’re in a factory on an assembly line, or packing materials in an Amazon warehouse, I imagine that you are working the full 8-hour day. But if you have any sort of office job, odds are you work a bit here, a bit there, but not the full-on 8 hours.
Factor in working from home, and how the “discipline” of in-office supervision alters this further. However, if the work you must do gets done in 2 of the 8 hours that you’re “working”, I think that’s proof positive that the 8-hour workday isn’t what it used to be.
The reason I’m going on about this is because this notion of 8 hours working is insidious. Thus, if you get all your work done in 2 hours and have 6 hours without, is it any wonder you might feel like you’re not doing enough?
Enter the artist. As an author, I strive to write at least 1500 words of fiction a day. When I don’t meet that goal, one key reason is Resistance.
What is Resistance?
I’ve written about this before, but the concept of Resistance is based on the definition by Steven Pressfield in his brilliant book The War of Art. As Mr. Pressfield explains,
“Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance.”
Resistance manifests as fear, procrastination, writer’s block, excuses reasonable and unreasonable for not doing your creative work, and the like. It is a wholly internal thing, not a product of the world without but the world within. As Mr, Pressfield explains further,