It seems like I’m reading more than ever, but then I wonder how much value learning “9 Things Incredibly Attractive People Do” really adds to my life. And then I keep tapping away at the glass and feeling like I’m not contributing anything to life. There’s more to all this than another scroll through my social network (but I love you all!). And then there’s everything else in the world calling for my attention. There’s so much multi-tasking that I forget what the original task was, and then one thing follows another and I’m tapping at the glass again.
So what to do? I’ve got to take the Facebook app off my phone (I read about it in “10 Habits of Highly Effective People”, via Facebook). Focusing on something specific has worked out well for me in the past, and in my professional life as well. The 2014 diet challenges helped me get back in shape, with clear goals, simple rules, and a regular schedule. My ongoing sailing education. Graduate school, with its deadlines and projects. Ironman. Commitment has been rewarding to me and since the year turned over and it seemed like an appropriate time, I thought I’d commit myself to focusing my attention this year.
I’m going to write something new every week, because writing things down makes them real, it’s a great way to organize thoughts, I’m good at assignments, and I could use the practice writing something other than project outlines and technical documents. “Do it more” has always worked for improving skills, and writing is a particularly helpful one. I also want to see if I can still string together thoughts longer than 140 characters. I produce creative projects pretty much constantly, but for some reason (self-doubt, duh) writing has never been a consistent habit of mine. So I’m going to create a habit. It’s worked before.
This week, by chance, I ended up writing something down (fun? maybe helpful?), which combined with this piece puts me over the totally arbitrary 500-word rule I just came up with.
Now I’ve about pushed out all the words I have in me right now. I hope that over the year I can maybe find some more.
(I <3 commas.)