Despite having read about a zillion books and articles on slowing down, and simplifying, and living at the speed of life, I find myself busier and busier. New assignments creep in under the door while I'm not looking. New wrinkles, in time, on my face, and in the form of complications present themselves at every turn.
Things continue to get done, somehow. Not necessarily the most important things, but . . .
Done for the Week: Mar. 19-24, 2012
- Biked twice
- Worked with physical therapist once to restore injured foot
- Continued reading Elizabeth George's A Place of Hiding aloud with my husband
- Read A Mind to Murder, by P.D. James
- Continued reading Proust's Remembrance of Things Past
- Continued to work my two part-time jobs
- Published 3 Put it to Bed blog posts
- Attended an web class
- Continued work on current clients' projects
- Contracted with new client
- Prepared bid for prospective client
- Attended one yoga class
- Did laundry
- Continued college conversations with youngest son
- Meditated 2 times
- Met with Communications Team co-chair
- Co-chaired Communications Team meeting
- Spent hours mocking up potential newsletter
- Helped take my baby granddaughter swimming for the first time
- Had lunch date with my husband
- Took my dog to the dog park
- Spent time digging out the kitchen
- Made arrangements to convert stock to IRA
- Made changes to the nonprofit website I volunteer manage
- Attended church service on e. e. cummings
Sometimes, I can answer this self-imposed question rather easily. Something jumps out. Today, I'm too tired to judge. And to busy to take the time. Not good signs.
Last week, I continued to try to focus on meditating and writing daily--or at least regularly.
But, to my chagrin, "it's still not working." I'm beginning to think I don't know much about focusing. Maybe I'm missing the gene for this important human capability.
If I'm honest, I have to admit that I never really give up trying to do all the other things on my literal and mental lists, so focus goals don't enjoy real primacy.
For next week, I'm going to experiment with not setting a focus goal. I wonder if it will make any difference to how I allot my time and energy, and to the results.