It said I should go and read my blog post from January. I wonder why?
Curiosity got the better of me and so I did. Read it here.
Aha – I remember now: I had battled to get things done in December yet in January I cleared those same things off my list easily and effortlessly.
This year I have been practicing getting into a flow state
There have been some successful days and frustratingly , some ridiculously distracted days. Still – there has been some progress.
My self-diagnosis is that I have adult ADD and it’s my excuse for badly focused days. (Please don’t do as I do and make excuses – rather follow the advice in my posts!!!!)
The days (like today) that I have sat down and worked easily and effortlessly (in the flow state) sparkle like diamonds. It is such a good feeling. It feels like a mixture of passion, contentment, achievement and peace all rolled into one.
Flow – 0; Distraction – 1
Here’s what I realised as I read through the post. When I get derailed it’s because of step 3 – the practicalities.
If my desk is messy or I choose to peek at my mails or my phone is not off or I allow myself to get up from my desk to do something else (like water the garden, feed the birds, pop some washing in the machine … oh the list is endless) then distraction wins and flow loses.
This is what has helped me
– I keep a notepad next to my laptop. As soon as I think of something else to go and do I write it down. In effect, I am acknowledging that this must (or could) be done , not right now, but later. Then when I have worked solidly for about 45 minutes I break and do one thing off my list. It’s easier to sit down for another 45 minute stint if I have crossed something off my list.
Now – I plan to focus even more on working on the flow state in November and December. Let’s see if, when I go on leave, I have easily and effortlessly cleaned up my to-do list. I’ll let you know how it goes.
My challenge to you
List the important things you need to do so that you can enjoy a peaceful break in December (even if its only on the weekends!)and get them done.
Let me know how you do….