Are you chasing rabbits?

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” Ever have one of those days? I sure have. In fact, I think I’m having one today. You know what I mean; your concentration is limited, you feel like you are shuffling papers from one pile to another and at the end of the day you really haven’t finished anything.  Some call it the dreaded “shiny ball “syndrome. Oh, look, there’s another one. Wait a minute. What was I saying? Sorry, I got distracted – again.

Focus.  That’s easier said than done. First, it’s Friday and it’s beautiful outside; it’s Game Four of the NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers; it’s busy and the phones are ringing a lot; emails are rolling in; there’s a lot to talk about; and one of my favorite songs just came on the radio so I have to sing along.

So what do you do? As David Siteman Garland stated, “There’s a difference between multi-tasking and multi-wasting-your-damn time.”  There’s nothing wrong with shiny ball syndrome IF you get things done. But, if you keep moving from project to project and task to task and nothing’s getting done, here are a few tips that may help.

Get going and keep going. You have to start somewhere. Don’t get overwhelmed. Break things down into small sections that you can handle. Make a list of things you want to get done. Seeing it on paper makes it more real and there’s something very satisfying when you complete a task and can cross it off your list. Decide which task to do first and then commit to following through. Stick with it and know that there will be temptations along the way to stray from the course. Fight the feeling. One of the few things I remember from Geometry is that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Keep going. Nobody said it would be easy but at the end of the day, when you look at your list and see how much you’ve completed, it’s all worth it.

Okay, let’s see. Blog complete? Check. Go Cavs! 

Posted by MJ Thomas

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