At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m beginning to think in terms of goal-setting as we approach the new year. I want more focus in my life. Perhaps this is just how life goes but lately I feel like I’m running in 10 different directions! Dave Ramsey says (yes, Dave says Dave says Dave says, I know, just bear with me) a big part of why the TMMO principles work is because they call for focused intensity. You zoom in on one debt at a time and nail it to the wall. Why not apply that kind of focused intensity to other areas of life?
The first step to accomplishing this is to identify what activities are draining your energy and causing you to lose focus. I’m going to start today by identifying some of those little things that take up a lot of my time.
Internet: If I’m home, I have the laptop open. This isn’t all bad. However, I have several irons in the fire with this blog, the Living Like No One Else forums, Ravelry, MySpace, and now Facebook. Not to mention e-banking through two different banks, constantly checking my e-mail, watching crop prices, googling new recipes, and just googling in general. I’d also like to get back to the Farmer’s Forum a little more regularly.
Cleaning the house: It isn’t so much that I spend a lot of time doing this. More so I feel the constant pressure of needing to get it done. Of course it is never really done!
Git ‘Er Done projects: The end is in sight on this one. We’re down to the wire and I’m spending more and more time on this again.
Knitting: This should be kept only for fun. I let myself feel obligated to make something for everyone and every event. Lately it isn’t even relaxing anymore.
Canning: This is done for the season. I need to find ways to be more efficient next year. I thought about putting an ad on craigslist offering to teach someone the basics in exchange for help. What if I get some weirdo showing up here though? Hmm. Anyways, I spent all my spare time for weeks and weeks canning. I do have a lot to show for it (update still in the works!) but it doesn’t seem like that much considering all the time I gave up. A big part of the problem is that the food I glean for free is not as nice in quality as that which I could buy. For example, it takes much longer to prepare and can apples from our friends neglected trees than it does to peel and slice near perfect apples from the orchard. I love gleaning but I’m going to take a closer look and may consider buying at least apples next year.
The farm: I’m constantly think about the farm, especially the financial aspect. I want to get a marketing effort going and keep putting it off. I spend a lot of time reading on the topic, both online and in print. We really need to take the next steps if we are going to grow a viable business.
There are many more but these are the big ones. If you’d like to participate I’d be interested in what takes up your time.