I am currently attempting what amounts to a “pivot” for my life in general. I have spent the past few years blogging or podcasting and doing some occasional freelance computer work. During that time I was also doing major renovations (still ongoing) to our 125 year old Victorian house and caring for my two sons, one of which had a speech delay that required a bit of attention for awhile. (He’s doing much better now, if you’re wondering.) Needless to say, I’ve been very busy and at the same time had my focus split many different ways.
The extreme multitasking that I’ve been semi-forced into has opened my life up to a level of distraction that is unlike anything that I have ever experienced before. While I have gotten a tremendous amount done (with the assistance of my beautiful wife), a good amount of productive time was wasted in transitions. I’m not saying that I should have gotten more done during those transition times, but if I had been a little more focused I could have had more quality breaks where I could have rested or maybe slept more. That would have made me more focused and productive when I was working and would have left me feeling more fulfilled.
Instead of getting those quality breaks that I needed to be more rested, I felt like I was wasting time during those transitions. That resulted in periods when I got very little done, felt guilty for that and received no benefit from the time whatsoever. So, what I’m saying is that the time was completely wasted. If I had taken one of those wasted hours, sat with my wife, had a glass of Porto and talked about a non work related topic without any thought for what I could be accomplishing, that would have been time well spent. The time spent trying to get work done while kids run in and constantly ask for things or trying to do emails while I should be talking to my wife were a waste. I intend to reduce that type of wasted time going forward.
My goal in Week 1 of my self directed schooling/startup is going to have reducing distractions as one of it’s focuses. So, I’ll be working on that and writing about it and my self directed schooling over the next few days.