So in life we have so many distractions every day it seems. If you’re someone like me I sometimes go find distractions to keep myself busy. I find that I’m sometimes my own worst enemy when it comes to this lack of focus. So now I’m asking myself more and more about why I’m doing this to myself and how to break out of the cycle.
Lets tear apart my day to see how I’m spending my time.
|6:30 AM||Get up, get shower, get dressed||30 minutes|
|7:00 AM||Pack up lunch and get ready to leave||15 minutes|
|7:15: AM||Get on bus to head to work||1.5 hours|
|8:50 AM||Work||8 hours|
|5:00 PM||Head to gym (walk, train, walk, change)||45 minutes|
|6:00 PM||Work out||1.5 hours|
|7:15 PM||Commute home||1 hour|
|8:30 – 9:00 PM||The time I get home|
That is how my schedule looks on the days I go to the gym or exercise. So that would be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tonight I’m also going to an orchestra rehearsal which run till 9:30. After that I’ll drive home which should get me in around 10:30 PM.
OK so that leaves between 9 and 11 PM on the weeknights that I go to the gym. Friday’s I’ve been working from home and my evenings aren’t structured. When I say my evenings aren’t structured what I’m really saying is that it’s free time and I go out. Saturday and Sunday are free and I schedule them as I find things to do. So I really only have 2 days that I don’t have about 11 to 12 hours of the day committed.
So I find myself getting emotional over this because I feel like life somewhat out of control. I have to remember it’s not out of control. I’m doing more than most people. I’ve had people say ‘You’re always on the move doing something.’ Of course they say that based on what they see on my Facebook account. Looking at the schedule above though I am pretty busy.
So I think the lesson I need to take away after writing this down is I need to treat myself with as much positive encouragement and praise for the work I am doing. So I’m doing a good job. Next something I should do is work on posting my accomplishments to my blog. Writing blog post about what I’m accomplishing and doing helps make all the things I do more tangible. I think we can all agree that having tangible accomplishments is a good thing. While writing my blog post I need to narrow down some what of what I’m looking to do in the future. There are so many great ideas and things I want to do. Now I need to go through that list and narrow it down. Prioritize the list and see if there are any multiples.
Let’s review my next steps:
- Praise and encourage myself!
- Write my blog post!
- List out these things that I want to do.
- Prioritize my list
It may seem silly but I feel better already. This reminds me of two things. First is the Kiss principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). Don’t let it overwhelm me. Write it down and really see what you’re dealing with before jumping to conclusions. Second is to set up SMART goals (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely). So if I keep it simple and great SMART goals for myself then I’ll be successful.
What’s my next step?
First I’m going to write my next post. I find it amazing and fulfilling to write these post. I’m able to process so many feelings and thoughts. It’s not import if anyone else reads it. Most import is that it’s helping me get my own feelings and thoughts together and allow me to move forward.
Second I am going to make a list of the things I am telling myself I want to do. I am guessing that there will be some very common themes. From that I think I can categorize them and then start to put a priority to them. This isn’t about the future. It is about today. What can I do today. What would have the biggest impact today. I need to focus on the present day and what I can do or what is important to me.
Third is something I almost forget to acknowledge. I need to continue my focus on the positive by stating the things I’m grateful for in my life. Seeing the positive people and events in my life are extremely important.
I’m grateful for:
- My friends who are there to support me.
- My workout partner who keeps me focused on exercising.
- Music and the fact that I am able to play my tuba.
I’m curious about:
- How difficult would it be to moving to a foreign country?
- Why haven’t I felts like I have roots in a city?
- What is my friend Bob up to?
I’m surprised by:
- People’s instability, never fails to surprise me.
- How involved people are in soccer.
- How busy I am on weekdays.