I don’t believe I have ever uttered the words “I’m bored” in my entire life and meant it. I have said the phrase in jest, or with a thick slathering of sarcasm, and a glance at my daily, weekly, monthly, projects, associated tasks list, and obligations confirms the overwhelming abundance of jobs to do. Maybe they wired some of us for activity, program individuals at a DNA level to embrace challenges, and curse them with the foresight to imagine living from a different perspective. I love organizing my surroundings to improve functionality, build a more aesthetically pleasing environment, and streamline processes to increase efficiency and intuitive operations. I like to create. My reward is the delight I see on other people’s faces.
It is easy to jump between design, implementation, redesign, and improvements and prematurely launch into the newest passion project because the time is ripe. It divides our attention, creates conflicting agendas, and transfers our focus to our latest darling before we complete previous jobs. That is when things get tricky. It can be like juggling chainsaws. I warned you my world lacked any resemblance to a dull, mundane, or humdrum existence. When I sat 45 days ago to organize my Q1 goals, I soon discovered my planner was inadequate. It told me to “Dream Big” but only provided space for a single big dream.
My answer was to buy another tracking system. This one gave me room for five goals, forcing me to play, shuffle, combine, condense, and squeeze six projects into my second binder. I resisted the urge to purchase a third since I was running out of hours in the day. Instead, I adopted an original tactic — I deemed it time to wrap up and closeout anything where I was nearing 90% completion. Nothing pushes me to cross the finish line better than the promise of dazzling, shiny, new challenges. The path to novel discoveries lies in attaining the current summit. This month the plan is to speed up my timeline. The focus is to complete the ones languishing in the almost done pile. Then I can build on the past and envision higher mountains to climb.
What will you finish in February?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer