Having semi-chosen this word I have had it in my head for a few days now, and been thinking about it a lot. What came to me yesterday in a flash of awareness is that it is not focus that I lack but time. Also that I have a conflicting personality, in that I love to collect and gather things, far too many things I do know that, for me to ever realistically use. At the same time I love to be organised, know where stuff is and I love to store things in categories. I have worked towards this in the last year but again the problem of too much stuff recurs. Too much stuff includes too many interests, hence my feeling of wanting to focus. I don't think that there is anything wrong with lots of interests, except for the problem of also working full time, and having a job that doesn't stop when I come home so eats into my time to pursue my interests. I have been doing little things that are helping me to feel more in control of all this chaos.
1. Went through my blog roll and removed lots of blogs that I don't often look at. I still have lots-and lots (!) of favourites and have added a few more in the last few days, but at least I feel the ones there will be used.
2. I have started to go through a pile of magazines from freecycle last year and actually cut out and save those parts I want, and recycle the rest.
3. Number 2 led me to reconsider my journals/notebooks/sketch books and add a new one that I have meant to do for ages. More on this later.
4. Spent fractionally less time on the internet-as I realize that although I love it, it eats into the time when I could be doing/making/working. So if I have not visited you it is not because I don't want to, it is because I am trying a new timetable in my head!
Then I came across this article on Seth Godin's blog. Please read it, it is short and it is interesting! I love reading what he has to say, as he always makes me think. He scares me a bit too as he is not a wishy washy sort like me, but cuts through the waffle and tells it how it is. What he says here about hiding is so true! I like this activity-don't get me wrong-but the internet and all its wonderful journeys, is also the procrastinator's best friend-and I am top procrastinator at times. The thing that made me laugh though, is the tool he talks about-'Freedom'. This is an application that you purchase. Its purpose is to allow you freedom to get on and do stuff. How this is done is by preventing you access to the internet for however long you tell it to and voila! Freedom! (You can reboot if you want to get back online but they say that this is going to put people off) I am hoping that I am not that far gone a case, that I can't simply switch it off! Freedom sounds like the nicotine patch for the truly cyber addicted. So that I can put my money where my mouth is, I am going to not look at the internet until tomorrow! I have two posts planned but I am going to resist them until Tuesday. So now I have an afternoon of work ahead of me, then an evening of knitting and reading, and watching telly-ok I admit it, I can't do without all of it! So, see you tomorrow!
P.S. I am on Andy's computer as I have not got time to get mine out and am off to work soon. (Lunch time after PPA morning at home) So choice of pictures is limited. Above are some little dolls enjoying freedom of a sort-sitting on a bench in the sun!)