Thursday, January 9, 2014
IWSG: Taking Time to be Awesome
I've been busy through the holidays, busy since they ended, and I foresee being busy for the rest of the year. What I need now is to schedule myself so I have the time to do the things I want, and the time to rest and relax so I have energy to do them.
Something so amazing but so simple to me is what happens when I just decompress, disconnect from all the demanding outlets, and take time. Shower time, rearranging my sock drawer time, zen time - when your body is on auto-pilot and your mind wanders and doesn't have to feel tugged in multiple directions. I have few things that allow me to do that, but when I do my mind opens up, I have time to focus, and when I focus, I become amazing. I'm suddenly brilliant, organized, connected, passionate. I give one subject all my attention.
I've gotten so caught up in the fast internet pace of things, the impression that everything was supposed to be done yesterday, that I always feel behind, I always feel rushed and I never feel like I've accomplished enough. Even now I'm having a hard time, because I still only have one novel and the beginnings of another to show for the years I've worked. That's because my time is always divided, and my motivation is sometimes nonexistent. But beating myself up won't help. Now that I've answered the siren song of revision, I need to focus even more. In order to do that, I need to take time. I need to turn off all the chatter and distraction, and zen out with my book. And I need your help. I can't stay in the shower all the time.
What are your favorite ways to decompress, clear your mind, and gain focus?