Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SLOW DOWN CHALLENGE | DAY 3: FOCUS

There’s nothing more amusing than watching myself whirling and twirling in my chair multi-tasking in my smugness to get things done. I laugh at myself because really, who am I kidding?

I used to focus on one task at a time. Mainly, it was reading a book, which was a source of contention for my parents. Growing up they called me lazy because I had a one-track mind geared toward books.

I’ve changed since I was a kid but I can’t say it’s for the better. I can never focus on ONE task anymore. Often distracted by technology I’ll be writing one minute, checking Instagram the next, looking at Twitter soon after, then reading e-mails that just came in, wait, let me just edit five photos while I can, and hey, gotta squeeze in some bicep curls. 

Press repeat.

Oh, and let’s not talk about how I’m reading five books at a time, one chapter at a time. Currently, I have two e-books on my e-reader and three books in my bag.

Who needs intervention?

I had no clue what Jeff Goins’s challenge was going to be today but I giggled when I saw it.

Focus on one task I need to accomplish.

I spent my lunch break making final edits to an article I was working on for My Refuge House: What Human Trafficking Means To Me. With my cell phone clicked off and work computer locked, I revised to my heart’s content.

Except, my attention was solely on editing that I edited on top of the edits. I’m my own worst editor.

I got it done and submitted it earlier tonight. This is pretty freakin’ sweet if you ask me since it’s the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” What a way to honor the man who spoke of freedom and equality with an article on what human trafficking means to me.

Since this has become one of my life quotes, I'd like to focus on it today:

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others." ~Nelson Mandela