Ciara – Body Party (Racks & Bands Last Dance Remix)
In typing this from my cell phone so please excuse typos.
Productivity is something I’ve always wrestled with. Staying focused, on task and meeting deadlines is really important when you are forced to self manage. The other thing that is often excluded from your worries when managing your own projects and timelines is taking time to reset your focus.
Working while not working is something I do naturally. Maybe it’s a bad thing that I can’t take my mind off an idea that’s in development. Perhaps it’s a bit obsessive.
In any case, today I was stuck on something that normally wouldn’t stump me. Building out a short term marketing plan for product launch is usually the stuff I love. But today I just couldn’t get through it. I think I zapped all of my creative energy trying too deal user acquisition and average annual revenue. Damn Shit is getting real.
In any case, breaking trough that barrier required doing something completely different, I played ball and started swimming afterwards and funny enough right there as I was struggling through 250m of front stroke (out of shape these days) I started constructing a marketing plan. After hopping out and getting dressed I took 10 minutes and constructed the whole thing. I bet if I had stayed their grinding over the plan it would have take me 2 hours a box of cookies and 110 minutes of looking around facebook, because that’s work right?
At 1035 in a locker room I broke down the necessary steps or at Lear built the framework out on my cell phone. Now on my way home I’m posting my thoughts to tumbler. Not becuse YOU care, but because its something that helps me clear my mind.
Oh, a lot of my best ideas come while playing madden.
The back of the mind is marvellous. Just when you thought you stopped working it solves all of the hesitations at the front.
Hopefully I’m not just writing this post to justify playing madden
About two and a half years I lost focus. By that I don’t mean I couldn’t focus, I didn’t have something to focus on. That lack of focus lead to several decisions and attitudes that lead to shortsighted actions. My focus was lost largely by staring down past goals and motivations that were no longer relevant.
The most important thing I’ve done in the last year and a half is reset my focus and attempt to accomplish something different. The path to accomplishment is often littered with failures both small and large, while I don’t necessarily feel the need to share all of them here, non were catastrophic and all got me closer to achieving new goals with renewed focus.
This change in focus has me at a new position in life. Just in time for my 26th birthday. I’ve always had this premonition that a decision was to be made at 26… not 25… not 27… 26. Its not something that’s never been mentioned to others either. When certain opportunities arose, they were left on the table largely because the time didn’t feel right. Now as I approach this number, that in fact has is no more important than any other day in my life, for the first time in the last two and a half years there is something new driving me.
The drive for experience, experience that I’m willing to pay for whether and invest in - even if it doesn’t pay off in the short term. I look forward taking risk, stepping outside of my comfort zone and staying focused. When you are out of your comfort zone, your motivated to stay focused, because frankly you have to. You have to stay focused on the glimmering light in the distance that while it seems so far away is also