I'm usually not one who is very good with keeping my focus on one task at a time. I like to jump around from one thing to the next. The problem with this is that I rarely complete what I've set out to do.
My entire focus the last three weeks has been on our house and moving to our apartment. It's been a process of working on making the fixes on our current home, hammering out the closing date (it's three days sooner now), having a garage sale and moving sale, packing for the move to our apartment, purging stuff to get rid of or donate, and making a pile of things to take to a storage unit.
While that is an immense list, I finally have a better idea of what it means to do deep work. I don't stay focused for very long, like an hour tops. However, making the move a priority has been no problem for me to work on for three or four hour chunks at a time. I've been concentrating on it all so much that I haven't done much else. I kind of feel like it's been consuming my entire life.
I realize now this is what it should feel like when I'm writing. I'm definitely not there yet, but now that I know what being in zone for a longer period of time feels like I'm ready to tackle it once this month is over.
While I doubt I will ever be the type of person who can sustain deep work on a long term basis, I now know that it's possible for me to have a one track mind when I really need to buckle down to do it.
How about you? I would love to hear your thoughts!
I've been thinking a lot about goals versus targets.
Goals are pretty much hard core. They have a definite end date in mind and are finite.
Targets are a little more forgiving and lenient. They offer something to work toward but are flexible.
Some of us work well with having hard pressed goals, and others of us are more successful when we have targets. Whichever way one chooses to go, here is something to keep in mind: there's only so much that can be controlled.
For example, I could have a goal of making $10,000 for my writing over the next year, but there is a lot I can't control in that figure. What I can control is putting myself in position to hit that by the number of proposals I make for writing gigs. I can give myself a target of sending out 10 proposals this week. That's something I can control.
I can give myself a goal of selling 500 copies of my book, but I can't control whether people buy it once its published. I can target what I will do as a long-term marketing strategy to put myself in a position for that to happen.
I could give myself a goal of losing 10 pounds by a certain date or I can give myself a target to feel better in how my clothes fit by making sure I work out for 30 minutes a day and eat more of a plant-based diet.
And, yes, those are all legit examples of some of the goals I gave myself for 2018. I decided I was being unfair to myself though, because I neglected to think about all that is out of my control.
Right now we are in the phase of selling our house and making the transition to a much smaller living space. We are selling a lot of our items so that we don't have to move them. It takes a lot of time to market what we have to sell, organizing a garage sale, and beginning to pack what we plan to move with us.
Quite honestly, I haven't thought about paid writing gigs, finishing my book, or losing weight. I'm doing a bit of writing here and there, I'm waiting to work on my book when we move, and I'm starting to get back into better eating and working out as of the last week.
Because my priority has been focused on the house and moving, it's much better for me to have targets.
What works for you?
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.