There’s More Than One Way To Get Things Done

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day I was pretty busy and I didn’t blog on every day on my schedule. I have thought about blogging ahead of time, saving a draft and then pressing “publish” on that particular day, yet my usual habit has been to blog early in the morning and publish right away.

This morning I’m up earlier than my wife and son and I know they’ll be getting up sometime during the next half hour. A few minutes ago I wasn’t in the mood and feeling a little groggy. It’s too early for me to play music until I get some new headphones. We have a heatwave coming this week and we’ve been sleeping with most windows open. So I was sitting in the coolness hearing all the birds chirp (we don’t need a rooster!) and I decided to close my eyes and listen to the birds.

An interesting thing happened when I did. I could hear about half a dozen distinct birds. I heard a particularly loud one stop completely at some point. Soon another one stopped. Then I realized that there weren’t dozens of birds as I had previously thought.

Unlike some people I happen to enjoy the sound of the birds singing – even early in the morning. I like bits of nature in my suburbia. (I love trees, too.) After I took a few minutes to close my eyes and listen to nature I found myself ready to write. As my late “poor country boy from Illinois” dad used to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

About a week ago I wrote about another method for getting started in my Jumpstart post. Whatever the task, you will want to be ready with different methods of getting started so that you waste less time and get things done even when conditions are not optimal. Blogging last Friday and reblogging on Saturday was not critical for CoachZero, but it’s important to create consistent habits to get done what you want to get done.

Even as I type this post my son gave me word from my wife to get something started on the stove and soon my wife and the dog were up while our son showered. In about 40 minutes I’ll need to take my wife to school. I find that it’s easier to continue typing when the rest of the family gets up than it is to start writing from scratch. You are reading a completed project, yet I am interacting with my wife who’s telling me about a pain, our son who’s relaying the story of a woman who was saved from a tsunami by her dog insisting that they go for a walk in a different direction, and our dog wanting to go out and then come back in.

You likely have other methods than closing your eyes for a few minutes in order to get focused and get started or keep yourself on track. Use what works for you. Consistently.

While it’s literally true that Rome wasn’t built in a day, it’s also true that consistency helps you hone the skills to continue through interruptions. Life will interrupt all the time and we still need to get done what we need to get done. Now it’s time for me to get dressed and take my wife to school.