Staying Focused – Finding a new one

I still find myself in a bit of a rut. I love what I do, but I’m not really all that excited about what I actually DO right now.   I’ve considered everything from just finding another job doing the same thing to chucking it all and starting over with something completely different. Or moving somewhere completely different.

What I really had to do though, no matter what the future holds, is recommit myself to the job I’m doing now.     My coworkers deserve it and my company deserves it.

One of the ways I did that was by listening to podcasts and reading books that forced me to think in fresh and different ways about my job – it’s MY responsibility to make it better.  It’s MY responsibility to do the absolute best I can.   I made lists every day of 10 things I could work on or things to try.  I stuck my neck and nose out more to find new things to work on and be inspired by other ideas.  I set my intention every morning to KICK ASS and prove I was still really friggen good at this.

It’s working.    I’m shaking the dust off.  I’m letting go of some past issues and learning to let the annoying stuff roll off my back.   It’s not a bad place to be after all.

“We have to reframe our methods of thinking. Because everything has the potential to be good. Everything has the potential to be seen as a learning experience and a tool of motivation to make us better.” – Leandra Medine – Manrepeller.com

The amount of time I spend trying to save time

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This is getting ridiculous. One of my goals for 2016 was to be more organized and hence more productive.  Sounds pretty standard, right?

Here’s the thing.  I had to start tracking the amount of time I spent on productivity tools and chasing down better systems.  Now I’m just wasting time trying to waste less time.

I’ve set up my Evernote GTD files. Now I spend a huge chunk of time keeping those organized.

I listen to Blinkist rather than audio books. I actually quite like this one, but I spend a lot of time doing it.

I just spent 30 minutes reading new articles about how to be fully charged, stay on course, strip down, focus, stop lollygagging, make a list, lists suck, get in line, just do it already.

30 minutes I could have spent getting something done.  On my old school apparently not hip anymore to do list.

I have to go organize my inbox now.

Happy Monday! (And I mean that, sincerely)

I really do.

Most of my life I’ve dreaded Mondays.  Even when I’m on vacation.  Monday was a wall.  A start I didn’t want to make. A new set of worries and anxieties.

Today was different.  I can’t really pinpoint a single why.  I’ve been actively working on living a happier, healthier, more balanced life and it’s likely a combination of all of those little things I’ve been doing.

  • As of the first of the year I’ve quit drinking and smoking and generally letting bad, anxiety driven feelings drive my habits.
  • I’ve started going to bed and waking up around the same time every day – even on weekends.
  • I’m making healthier food choices on most days.  Some days. Well, more days than I used to.   I’m faithfully logging what I eat to understand what I’m eating – the sugar, the fats, the carbs.
  • I’m getting out of bed and moving.  Some days it’s just stretching. Others it’s yoga.  On others it’s cardio.  But it’s more often than not.
  • I’m trying new things to expand my creativity – at home, at work – in life.  Weaving, drawing, writing.  It doesn’t matter if I’m GOOD at it as long as I’m expressing something.
  • I’ve started a new commitment to volunteering.  I’ve joined a group to teach basic technology skills to people who need them.
  • I’m seeing a therapist and working on myself.

I took my usual yoga class on Friday. The teacher was a sub (but a co owner so I’ll see him again) It was a different class – the focus was different. The flow was different.  It changed something and a little of everything.   I connected with yoga in a way I never had. I left with my head full of new ideas and colors and music. I slept like a rock.  I took a class with him yesterday. And it was the same experience.

It’s all coming together now.  I hope it’s a long term thing and not a short term one. I want it.  That in itself is new.

This is today’s inspiration:

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