No, I’m not talking about the weather, as it is a beautiful 75 degree day. I am talking about the ever-growing piles of things I need to get done. Some urgent, some dreams unrealized, and some merely the fallout out from chronic procrastination. Either way, I have a LOT of things to take care of.
That said, actually doing them is much more difficult than talking about doing them. That’s where this word comes in: Focus.
I am a little short on focus lately and find myself easily distracted from the things I need to do, by the things I actually like to do. (Sadly, there is a significant disconnect between the two) I had this strange idea that as I got older I would master things like that. Not so much.
There is a TED Talk by a guy named Tim Urban that explains what goes on in my head with a level of accuracy that borders on creepy. I highly recommend it. Not only is it genius, it is hilarious and insightful. The power of the Instant Gratification Monkey is strong with me. Here is the link: “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.”
There is also a great book by an old friend of mine named Greg McKeown, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” (link to Amazon)
Here’s a quote from it: “The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.”
What I am getting to is that for the month of March I need to be focused on other things, so my blog and social media presence will be drastically reduced. I still plan on posting on Sundays, but some might be re-runs. I don’t expect to be hanging out on Facebook as much, so if anyone needs to contact me, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking to make the next 31 days productive and significant, and slay that stupid lion.
Wish me luck…