Thursday, October 8, 2009
For the last few weeks I have been feeling overwhelmed with all of the technology and sites I’ve been trying to maintain. Meanwhile my printer has broken (just when I’m trying to prepare for a show) and my laptop is often as “slow as cold molasses running up a hill on a winter’s day” as my father used to day. As a result, I have really backed off from everything to a certain extent.
I started the photography business because of the creativity it allowed, but that has taken a back seat to the networking and marketing aspects – not a good place for me to be.
I read some time ago that one should pick 3 things to focus on, any more than that and none of them are done well. I am going to determine my 3 things and start doing just that.
So that brings me to today's thoughtful question, or in this case questions – it’s a three-fer today.
1. Do you have 3 things you focus on each day or week?
2. Can one really get more done when multitasking or does this just cause more self-induced stress and thus less productivity?
3. What if you vowed to be technology free at least one day a week?
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I make a list, most important at the top and going down to the least important.
This networking can get away from us and soon, as you said, we are not creating as much as we would love to.
I have way more than 3 things to focus on but my ADD forces my hand there. When I try to put my attention solely on one thing I get bored very quickly and abandon it alltogether. If I have multiple things going there is always "something shiny" to attract my attention. Problem there is I never seem to complete any of them. Not sure what that's about but I'm working on it.
As for being tech free...I just don't think I could, nor would I really want to. I like that I am online for my job and for me just about everything is about networking because my job is all about sharing information. Now put me in a room of 100 people face to face and that's where I falter!
I have a notebook where I keep a list of the days ahead and the tasks I wish to accomplish (or must accomplish) by those dates. I rarely have more than one thing listed with any one day.
I think women tend to multitask more than men. I won't pass judgment on whether they can do so effectively or not. I suppose some can and some can't. Most men like to stick to one task at a time. This is why we don't hear you when we're watching a football game :-)
The technology learning curve and keeping blogs and websites fresh has been taking far too much time away from my creative endeavors. A recent 3 week road trip with no way to connect to anything electronic was an awakening for me. I have decided to stay unplugged at least 2 days a week to focus on my creative endeavors. The world and my friends can surely survive without me now and then.
I also keep a list of tasks I want to accomplish and there is no greater joy than crossing them off one by one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Yeah there are just too many sites out there to "Join" - I plan to cut back in the new year. Make it my new years resolution!
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