This amazing TED talk by Jason Fried explores the problem of office distractions. Like how trying to get stuff done at your desk is like voluntarily loading your day into a Cuisinart that shreds your productivity into tiny little bits. That can't be glued back together again. I know of what Fried speaks. Last year, after ten years of working from a home office, I did a brief stint on site. I was stunned by how hard it was to think and complete even the simplest tasks. Writing a solid letter at home might take 2-3 hours plus editing time. In the office? My time on similar work could stretch into days or even a week or even TWO. I wasn't prepared for that! Does your work suffer because of office chaos?
We can make habits about of emotions. According to Seth Godin, anger is a habit. Distrust is a habit. So, too, we can make happiness a habit. This morning I try to get back in the art studio by making a flutter book designed by book artist Rebecca Chamlee at Otis College.
This three-minute video from Box of Crayons shows us five ways we can make our mark on the world.
I don't know about you, but I really struggle to identify what it is, exactly, that I'm "good" at or what sets me free. I'm "good," in a way, at sorting out other people's problems or taking care of things they don't want to do - but I'm not sure it's really that good for me.
I don't want to look in the shadows. I know that the answer is that I must look anyway - but that's easier said than done. What I know is lurking there scares me. The number one thought I've had lately is that I don't care nearly as much about [specific] things as I once believed. This sets chaos in motion as I work to redefine how my life has been organized up until now. It's painful for me and for those around me, I suppose.
There's no spray for that. Just a great deal of agonized journaling, I suppose (since I can't afford therapy). And, quite frankly, I quit journaling some years ago. And I don't mean to be flip - I'm being realistic. I'm 42, I'm on a budget, and I have to be candid about who and what I am able to change. But 42 isn't 82, there's still time. Right? Right. The question is where to start.