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'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.