Sometimes you just have to laugh!
How do you stay focused? The reason I ask is because I think after this morning I may need a few pointers.
I got up as usual and did my morning routine. So far so good. As I was beginning to prep my food for the day, I glanced over to see that both the garbage can and recycle bin needed to be emptied. I thought “no problem” and quickly had them taken care of. Now usually Jeff will take the trash out but I thought that I would do it this time so he wouldn’t have to worry about it when he got home. There were three bags, which meant two trips outside. As I walked onto the porch I saw a box that needed to go to the trash also. So with my first trip I took the box too. Then back inside to get the other two bags and I would be done. But as I walked out of the door, I saw two little containers that needed to be taken to the garage. So I grabbed them and my keys to unlock the garage door and headed back outside.
I got to the garage, set the containers down then put the garbage bags away. Done! Yeah! But then I got back to the garage. As I went to unlock the door to put the containers away, I saw my bucket of shells that were sitting in cleaning solution and needed to be rinsed. So I put the containers away but then remembered that somewhere in the garage was a cleaning solution that I needed to remove mildew off the canvas of my hammock. I looked for it but couldn’t find it. Then I turned, looked and suddenly I remembered the shells. So I sat everything down to go rinse them.
As I turned the bucket over to empty it, soapy water, dirt and sand flew back onto me, covering my clothes. No big deal – just change later. So I went to turn on the water hose but a spider – a big one at that – had decided to block my way. I returned to the garage to get a stick or something to remove the offending spider but decided to look one more time to find that mildew solution. And success! I found it right by the door. I grabbed the solution, locked the door and started to head to the house. Then I saw the shells. Then I remembered that I was going for a stick to remove the spider. So I found a stick, got rid of the spider, turned on the water. Finally got the shells rinsed and ready to dry.
Finally, I gathered the shells, took them to the porch and laid them out in the sun. Then I turned to see that I needed to clean up some trash beside my little porch garden. I went inside the house, grabbed a garbage bag and came back out to clean up. Once it was filled, off to the trash can I went AGAIN. Once I was back on the porch I remembered that the tallest plant needed some pruning. Into the house I went – again – to get scissors to trim the plant. But as I pruned the plant I realize they needed water! Thank goodness there was already some water on the porch.
Things didn’t stop here though. After watering the plants I remembered that I needed to nail down the porch rug under the plants. I had already tripped on it numerous times and kept forgetting. Back into the house where I grabbed my hammer and nails, came back out and fixed the rug.
Now it was about this time that I stand up and realized what had just happened. My original intention was just to empty the garbage then come back inside to work on a very important project. But no! It seemed that everywhere I went I would remember something that I needed or wanted to do.
Three good things came out of this scenario. First, when I realized what I had done, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. Second, I got a lot of little things done in about a thirty-minute time span. And third, I definitely got some exercise going back and forth from the house to the garage to the trash cans to the porch.
As I sat eating breakfast, thinking about what I did, I wondered how I let myself get so unfocused? I was only supposed to do one thing and I ended up doing SEVEN! I mean they were things that needed to be done but not today. With a smile on my face I thought that I really needed to learn more about staying focused. But then I realized that this is part of my personality.
There are plenty of times when I stay focused on the task at hand (like writing my books). Today just happened to be one of those days that I was just a little all over the place and that’s okay. Instead of being hard on myself, I decided to be kind and loving. I think you accomplish a lot more when you give yourself a break.
So give yourself a little TLC today and if you do something funny, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!