The Zen version of me knows that:But Actual-Me is hopelessly focused on: So I’m not really a process-person. I want to jump right to the finish- the finished product, the end of the book, I want to make the purchase not do the research. You get the idea.
But my I want it NOW attitude (an approach which lead to the ill-advised Oompa Loompa acquisition of ’72) has not been serving me very well of late. There are lots of steps involved in running this business and I’ve been having trouble really keeping myself disciplined, on task and getting stuff done.
So I’ve adopted some strategies.
It’s so easy to let time slip away when part of your job is to look at other blog posts or scan Pinterest (or answer emails etc). I sit down fully intending to just to a couple of quick things and then BAM two hours have passed and I’m behind for the day.
So I’ve become very friendly with an old (and dusty) egg timer.I’ll confess I feel a bit like one of Pavlov’s dogs but this simple tool has had an wonderful effect. If I set the timer for an hour. I’m going to work for a solid hour – no breaks, no wandering away -“just focus but only for an hour I tell myself.” It is AMAZING what I can accomplish in that hour and how energizing it is to “race against the clock.” Not “race” as in madly scurrying around stressing out but “race” as in move efficiently.
My second trick is podcasts.
My business is challenging and quite creative but there is A LOT of tedium – repetitive tasks that always seem daunting and certainly aren’t a lot of fun.
Coaster Back CuttingSealing CoastersPainting BlocksBecause I have to actually look at what I’m doing having the TV on wont work. Listening to newscasts got a bit grim and music can only take me so far.
Podcasts to the Rescue!!!!
Free! Fascinating! Covering every aspect of life!
My current go-to’s are:
Pop Culture Happy Hour. It’s like hanging out with a group of smart, funny and perceptive friends who are all totally into the things that you are totally into. Books, movies, TV, music.
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (on itunes) – Always funny and (somewhat) educational.
This American Life Radio Archive – Fascinating stories
Crash Course: Really intense, short lessons in history, science and all kinds of stuff. The teachers are waaaay over-caffeinated (and funny). They are excellent and often so over-packed with fast flying information that I have to listen to them twice.
School of Greatness – Lewis Howes is sort of a motivational speaker and his podcast has interviews with folks from all walks of life talking about success and their philosophies. It can be very inspiring.
I find myself actually looking forward to the tedious tasks because I get to listen to the podcasts.
Do you have favorite podcasts? Tips for keeping yourself on task? If so please share them.
On a different note:
I’ve said before how very, very much I appreciate all your comments. I truly do.
I don’t’ often call out comments but I felt compelled to bring this one to the attention of a certain subset of my readers.
The lovely and incredibly insightful Tracey commented recently writing:
Wish……. that I was one of your sisters. You’re fun!
So you see it is as I have been saying for years to a certain subset of my readers: People are lining up to have me as their brother!
Please note that nowhere does the lovely and insightful Tracey use (nor seem to be contemplating using) phrases such as: “Obnoxious twerp,” “you were adopted” or “the mistake from the 60s”
I just wanted to point that out….to a certain subset of my readers.
OK, my timer just went off. It’s time for coasters and podcasts!