This morning I’m writing to you from my couch, tucked under a heated blanket and next to pile of clean sheets that I have yet to fold and put away.
It’s Sunday, and I’m feeling both productive, cozy and relaxed.
My husband and I have both been working from home for months now, and one difference I’ve noticed between us is that he can wake-up, put on a clean t-shirt, sit down in front of his computer, and start working – no matter what state of his office is in and no worries as to whether the bed has been made.
I, on the other hand, am immediately distracted if laundry needs to be put away, or there are too many dirty dishes left in the sink from the night before, or a pile of stuff has been sitting in a corner of the living room for too long.
I often find myself whisking around the house, telling myself that I’ll just spend a minute doing this, and minute doing that, before I sit down to work. Sometimes, it does just take me a few minutes to tidy up. Other times, I find myself knee deep in some household project before I remember that I had other things I wanted to do.
This is my version of putting out fires. And it doesn’t just apply to a clean house or tidy workspace.
Whatever’s in front of me, looks in that moment, to be the most important. But I know at the end of the day, if I haven’t made any movement on the other projects that are important to me, I don’t feel as satisfied. And, I think this feeds a vicious cycle of wanting to feel even more productive the next day, and thus again, rather unconsciously choosing to tackle the ever present low-hanging fruit right in front of me, and either not getting to the more important stuff, or being frazzled and distracted by the time I do.
What I’ve noticed over the last several months of using becurrent is that I have more and more choice over how I direct my attention in any given moment. Because the next steps for everything I need and want to do – from cleaning the dust bunnies under the bed to drafting our next client proposal – is clearly laid out in a system that makes it easy to see every possible next action. Not only can I switch between tasks and projects more easily, but I feel more confident following my intuitive flow about what I want to do next.
Now, I trust that everything that needs to get done will get done.
Sometimes the pile of laundry will call to me, and I can happily fold away, knowing everything else I have chosen to do is in its place. And other mornings, like this morning, so many other things, like reading, and writing to you, and talking to soph, and drafting client proposals will call to me…and I can sit happily next to that pile of laundry, knowing it to will be put away exactly when it need to be, and not a moment sooner.