Welcome to Treasures Washed Up on the Shore!
I honestly can’t promise that every word that floats through this blog will prove a treasure. But it will be lovely to have a place to converse, express ideas, and highlight some resources.
For starters, in April I pondered my experience with income tax prep (joy joy). Here’s the post:
For the past several days, I’ve been steeped in a great American pastime—preparing my income tax returns. After trying out a new calculation software, and completing 95% of the work, I didn’t feel comfortable with the results. So I decided to start over, using my familiar, used-for-the-past-ten-years program. Our returns have a lot of ins and outs, and trying to answer those computer-screen interview questions was a challenge. I’m convinced the government pays people specifically to make this whole process as complex as possible.
What I noticed is that, until I hit that ‘transmit’ button to send the forms on their virtual flight, I could hardly think about anything else. This sort of focus tends to be a norm for me; if there is a big project hanging over me, it’s hard to devote time and emotional energy to other priorities. A driving force propels me along the path to completion.
When I finally arrive, it’s like dropping a weighty backpack at the end of a long hike. Freedom! It has been a joy to celebrate a day of reveling in completion energy. A few things went by the wayside for a while, but it has been worth it.
How about you? How does hyper-focus show up in your life (or does it)? When you have a big project with a definite deadline, are you able to moderate your focus and work on other priorities (including creative ventures) as well?
What is your strategy?
Donna I so agree with you about what happens when we are hyper focused. I only get like that when the task I'm completing is one I am so into that nothing else can pull me away. I'm a multi-tasker by design, but on a rare occasion, there will be a task that gets my undivided attention. When that happens — watch out!!! I'm all in. Unfortunately, doing my taxes is NOT one of those things :-). Kudos to you for getting them done and knowing how to focus and stay the course. You inspire me.
The world seems to reward hyperfocus. Is it a bad or a good thing? Or maybe neither or both?