Overwhelm

I want to believe you can do anything for 15 minutes. And yet, 15 minutes a day of blogging has been hard to maintain (you only have to do the math between the dates on my last post and this one to see I’ve dropped off). The fact is, I’m overwhelmed. I typed “Overwhelmed” into Foter to see what they might suggest as an image to convey just that. I got a surprising array of images as concepts. This one came closest to how I feel—and I suspect many of you will empathize:

Thomas Hawk / Foter / CC BY-NC

Too much to consume, look at, and process. And by not knowing where to start, I might drift. Or not focus anywhere. What I really want “overwhelm” to feel like, is—well—an overwhelming feeling of serenity and accomplishment. Believe it or not, this picture also came up under my “Overwhelmed” search. And this is absolutely *my* personal overwhelm goal:

Sprengben [why not get a friend] / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Ahhhh. So the question is: how do you get there from here? Well: like any information professional, I decided there’s got to be a way to impose some kind of system or structure on my day to get me on track to accomplish what I want to do: and that includes 15 minutes of blogging time—not to mention my desire to build in time to write creatively. Maybe I can literally break my day up into 15 minute bites, using a timer and everything, to know exactly which task to focus on from segment to segment. I’m worried it will take a long time to break up my (work) day into those segments (though I’ll be kind enough to only break my workday into those segments—I’m not going to structure my personal time just yet). But perhaps it’s worth a try for a few days, just until I form some habits. What is it they say? It takes something like 3 weeks to form a habit?

Perhaps I can try segmented days for three weeks (eeep!): as someone who currently works in academia, with the Fall term looming, structured days would be useful. Things are about to get pretty busy. That article above mentioned layering conscious reminders into your day to help you create habits, too. And for me, I think this goes beyond the digital. I frankly work better with a paper to-do list that’s in my face and easily cross-outable. Sometimes, analog is where it’s at. So here we go. Back on the horse, riding toward the horizon to built in time to write, for the web and creatively.

Stuck in Customs / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA