Here is an aha! moment: I learned that if I stare at materials related to a task long enough... my mind begins to think of doing something about them. And then... I do them.
Now that I'm not (currently) pressured by deadlines, I find myself focusing my attention and doing quality work and getting things done.
A similar phenomenon happened last week. I was staring at my "read" emails and I began sorting them and deleting many. What a good feeling!
I realized, though, that there were certain conditions that I've created for this to happen. The three (3) things I did:
Responsibilities that I refused:
Being part of another work group/committee, teaching additional classes, attending conferences, signing up for training, writing story drafts, and more.
Distractions I avoided:
Watching YouTube videos, reading another business article, opening my smart phone, reading from my iBook, playing online games, checking my Facebook news feed, texting friends, visiting co-workers in their offices, and more.
You have to do what you have to do.
I made an interesting self-observation. As I continue to eliminate distractions in my life, narrowing my interests and pursuits to only three things (i.e., learning how to code, keeping this personal blog up-to-date, and saving more money), I found myself with more time (not out of time) at my day job! So stuck with work responsibilities but no longer distracted by multiple interests (i.e., fewer scatter brain episodes), I started improving some things, such as:
I became more focused, which improved the quality of my work and gave me a deeper sense of fulfillment.
What exactly did I do to become more focused? Three (3) things:
They are kind of sequential: (1) I narrowed my interests, (2) worked on what's left, (3) hence avoided stress.