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Choice overload. How to combat our something shiny syndrome.

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Dad says…

Choice. This is one thing we strive for, take for granted and enjoy. Hell, it’s even a civil liberty in some countries. This is not a pro/anti parenthood take, this is the freedom part I want to talk about. We are able to make a pantload of choices in our daily life, and sometimes it can get overwhelming.

We choose so much in this world: cereal type, be it flake or rounded. Center part or Bieber combover. Leafs or Habs. This is one great world we live in. We choose to be happy (or not). Choices on what to eat, what to wear, what to say, what to do. Choices, choices, choices. Except, sometimes, there is simply too much going on, and your choice becomes hard. And even when you make that choice, you have a hell of time sticking to it or remembering why you chose it in the first place. I, my internet friends, live with this affliction daily.
Reminds me of this, oldtimers…

Like right now. I am writing this blog post, and Jenn is working on some, well, work stuff. But I can tell you, she is taking a roundabout way of getting there. Snapchat, to show me a blender of kale. Oh, look, it’s someone working out by climbing stairs on facebook videos! Have you seen my T4? How do you integrate cells on this spreadsheet? What was the train called that we took in Scotland last summer?

I know what you’re thinking, this doesn’t seem like she’s really working. But she is, trust me. It is hard work, damn hard, because somehow she orbits back to the origin and gets it done. It’s like a ADHD boomerang, spinning towards shiny stuff only to finally return to its destination.
And if its not work for her, it sure as hell is for me (to even just watch her)…I think I will make a choice to take a break, watch a bit of the playoffs, and wait for her to circle back to remind me of what I chose to do before this all started.
Loaf of bread, quart of milk…wonder what the alligator king is up to?

Little Red Squirrel

 

Mom Says:

Have I told you how funny my husband is?

When it comes to getting stuff done we have VERY different ways of approaching it.

I grew up in a house that was a mix of OCD meets ADHD all in one. It is perfectly normal & in fact a constant source of amusement within our family to start one task, end up with 10 others and have a beautifully clean house as the result.

So I come by it naturally.

But then add the constant streaming of social media, Netflix and children and I often find my mind battling to just think straight let alone stay on task.

I am learning that if I need to get it all done, I HAVE to shut things down or put them away. On a deadline, my phone stays hidden (like in a drawer hidden). And if I really need to finish, all my active windows need to be closed. We are in a world these days of multi-tasking so much we can’t single-task. Thank you Chris Bailey & the Productivity Project for making me aware of this one.

Yes, my guy totally doesn’t get me but he will admit that despite my path, I always end up reaching my destination.

I met Chris at the Thrive Conference & he was absolutely brilliant. His book is blowing me away right now on how I need to do better approaching how to be more productive.

Jenn & Chris

The author Jenn & Chris

Jenn & Chris are #TeamPowell Two adventurous souls who love the off-the-beaten path part of life. Mom & Dad to two kooky kids, they focus on living life without regret, living in kindness and living in the now.

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