Why is that when I REALLY focus on a goal and start doing everything in earnest to accomplish that goal, there seem to be distractions everywhere???? That is my BURNING question in life right now so I want to get it out of the way and out of my system. The little buggers are definitely something to be conquered and controlled. And I am determined to do so by making whatever changes need to be made to succeed first over them so I can succeed in other ways.
I have often wondered if my many years as a legal secretary are unwittingly the root cause of many of these perceived “distractions.” You see, as a legal secretary, my duties are (1) to keep order of calls, letters, receipts, papers, files, and people (appointments, meetings, etc.) — incoming and outgoing; (2) to answer questions or find answers to questions; and (3) to predict and stay ahead of my attorneys so services they need miraculously appear before they ask. After 29 years of doing this, I am admittedly well organized and tidy – at home as well as at the office. Compared to pursuing a goal, these tasks are mundane yet I am still compelled to keep order, stay neat and tidy even when not at work.
Here then is the list of distractions to my career-changing quest and the ideal life I want:
- Cleaning and tidying up
- Getting ill (darn it)
- Groceries and other errands
- Getting and reading and answering personal mail and email
- Checking finances and paying bills.
Funny list, huh? They seem like mere points of normal life but to me they have now landed on my List of Distractions to be conquered and controlled! When all I want to do is sit down and sew and I have to stop for one of these, I feel distracted.
What to do? You will find, in time, that I like to think in solutions. That is to say, if something is not optimum, I want to look for a solution. If something is in the way, I want to find a solution. I don’t whine or dwell on problems. So here’s my solution: I am going to schedule these “distractions” to be addressed at certain times only and no other times. Every other minute outside of work will then be production time I can dwell on, relish and enjoy!
Now, back to those five infinity scarves!!!