A week ago I received four books in the mail dealing with daunting subjects: taxation, risk management, finance, consumer protection. I had a deadline looming! I needed to read and pass tests on each book. But going into last weekend my mind was bouncing around from one art idea to the next AND places to go, things to see, books to write, blog posts to send, people to talk to…………I had a major case of attention deficit. I knew I needed to get all those ideas out of my head so I could focus on”The Daunting Task.”
Miracle of miracles, I first began to draw out some of the ideas in my head. Then I made lists of some of the To Do’s and To Want’s. Through drawing and writing, I effectively transferred all the noise in my head to safe places. Now my mind was free to focus.
Foremost in my mind: get “The Daunting Task” completed as quickly and as painlessly as possible. I needed to focus. Here’s how the week went. Started Book One last Saturday (the shortest and most familiar one). Read Book Two on Sunday. Took Test No. 1 on Monday and passed. Finished practice questions and took test No. 2 on Tuesday and passed. Spent Tuesday and Wednesday reading Book Three (taxation…my head is spinning). Took test No. 3 on Thursday and passed. Read and practiced Book Four Thursday and Friday and before leaving work on Friday I took Test Four and passed. Halleluiah! Halloo!
I learned the power of focus! And how I need to quiet my mind! Also, it helps to have a deadline, and a purpose, and a clear plan of what needs to get done. And from this task, I now believe that I can write my novel, I can accomplish my goals, my dreams.