It’s been said that focus is the art of exclusion. I’ve found this to be tremendously helpful in my life and work. So often I have tried to find focus amidst a bunch of things I have going on, and it has felt nearly impossible. The problem was that I wasn’t able (or maybe ready) to choose one thing over all the others. I was trying to choose one direction, while still maintaining all the other options (that mental picture alone is exhausting).
I’ve never been great at being scheduled. In some ways, time can just be difficult for me. That probably sounds crazy, and I wish I was joking, but I’m not. I have a hard time estimating time, and sticking to a schedule.
Though being unscheduled can feel really nice, it can make getting things done rather difficult. As Stacia and I have pushed further into the things that matter most to us, I’ve come to realize more and more how important it is to have a routine and to make use of a schedule. If you expect the things you’re doing to be successful, then you need to treat them like a job— particularly if you are self employed or if the things that matter most to you are self-initiated.
Can we talk about that “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a moment?
We hear this a lot, and it’s all really exciting, but I want to pick it apart a little bit.
“Once-in-a-lifetime” things are electric. They give us butterflies in our stomachs. They feel as though, if we play our cards just right, we will go places and experience things that we couldn’t otherwise.
- that job,
- that project,
- this risk,
- that trip,
- that guy/girl,
- that client, etc.
Thus, we feel compelled to say yes to:
Before the release of the most recent Sigur Ros album, the band put out a lyric video. I’ve been seeing lyric videos made by the artist more and more often, but this was the first that I saw that wasn’t in English. Knowing that Sigur Ros has been known to use made-up words and gibberish in their songs, I tweeted that I can now sing along with the words that have no meaning to me (whether or not they are real words). The thought made me laugh a little, and I thought I might share the giggles.