7 pieces of randomness and Michael Finnegan

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Michael Finnegan, begin again.

That’s how my blogging life feels at the moment.

Or it’s a bit like the hokey pokey – in and out, in and out.

So a Thursday seems a day, just as good as any to begin again.

  1. I wrote a post, hit publish, walked away from my desk and got caught up in the morning rush only to return 8 hours later to find the dreaded “Did you really want to do that?” message from WordPress. Took it as a sign that was not a great post and left in the drafts folder.
  2. I’ve been reading. My office is next to the local library so I’ve been popping into refresh my books. It’s been such a long time since I read voraciously that many of my favourite authors have new books out, new to me anyway. That’s been my evenings.
  3. I’ve been disappointed to find spelling mistakes in about two out of three books. What’s the world coming to?
  4. The low-carb way of eating has been a revelation. Wondering why I didn’t do it sooner.
  5. I completely jinxed myself by saying my hayfever hasn’t been too bad the past few years. Bet you can guess how that story ends!
  6. I’m slowly making the change from PC to Mac. The shortcuts are what’s killing me ~ not to mention switching between the two for work and home. Complete #firstworldproblem!
  7. I’ve read two things this week that resonated with me during this little ~ shall we say ~ break.

From Leo Babuta of zen habits who talks about “when your plate is full”:

I’ve found that you can do two things well, and one thing really well. With two focuses, you won’t be as concentrated, won’t learn as deeply, but it’s doable. With three or four focuses, you won’t do anything well or learn anything deeply or serve anyone exceptionally.

And by Dannielle who said this in a chat with Angie here:

Your blog should energise you. Write about something you could talk about for years and when the hard days come and you don’t feel like blogging, it will be easier to just get it done because you love what you’re writing about.

Last week, I focused on some freelance work that really needed to be cleared off my desk. Between that and my day job that pays the bills ~ there’s two focuses right there. And it’s true. It was hard to fit a third in.

And I didn’t find the energy to blog. I wanted to but couldn’t muster it up.

I find I have energy for the ideas and the planning but not the execution. I need to balance that out.

And a few more hours in the week would be handy, too.

But it’s Thursday, and it’s OK.

Begin again.

 

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Comments

    • says

      And you are doing an awesome job of keeping up! And doing new things! [I’m so behind, I’m still catching up that news!] I have lots of things I want to do, need to find more time, or less books!
      Look up and keep going – sage advice!

  1. says

    Time and energy and the right combination of both–I have yet to discover the perfect balance, but I’ve at least gotten better at being ok with that. So true: If you really want (or need) to invest in one or two things, you just can’t do a million others.

    Totally get the reading part. I used to be a HUGE reader as a kid, constantly with my nose in a book, and then I got busy with other things in my “grown up” years. Then in the last year or so I started accessing library books, either on paper or on the Kindle, and I’ve been on regular reading binges ever since. (I find lots of mistakes, too. I sometimes have to turn off the “editor eyes” when I read so that I can actually enjoy it.)

    Switching from PC to Mac was a lot easier than I’d expected it to be (after hearing horror stories about it), but I do agree–it takes a while to retrain the muscle memory for those shortcuts! :) (Now I find it difficult to use PCs.)
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    • says

      Aah, we are kindred souls Gretchen! You’ve just described me to a tee! With reading, that and blogs/internet is what happened with me. And I started with a few things in the kindle app too! It’s nice to know once a reader, always a reader, it’s locked in there somewhere!
      I find with Mac, some of the shortcuts are so different I can’t even guess them – particularly in Adobe products. That’s what is driving me a little mad at the moment!

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