San Diego,CA- I stopped by to see our photographer today to work on some photos for the new press kit on a project. He was busy with a client so I stopped in the local coffee house. i suddenly recalled the days of sitting in a coffee house pre-wireless connectivity. When we used to all sit with books, journals, artists pads, coffee and a baguette.
Even though I was surrounded by laptops (Even one guy who brought another keyboard for his laptop which I found confusing since he was in a coffee house. At that point just bring the desktop.) I found myself grabbing some caffeine an actual magazine, a notebook and sitting quietly.
I have found that after being connected 5-6 days a week to email, twitter, facebook, blogging, etc. followed by performing 5 shows and interacting with people on a performance level that shutting out the world for a few hours is a good thing.
Even talk radio seems to clutter my mind these days with all the projects that are starting to break, with all the tasks that need to be done. It's hard because in this new economy your most likely going to be working HARD to catch up on projects. So that being said you can only work 8-15+ hours a day without serious drug use.
I suggest making time to shut out the world or to focus on just one thing. I know I am the king of multi-tasking and juggling. Seriously though as Ghandi once said...
"I have so much to do today I will need to meditiate twice as long."
That being said this week I intend to have a very productive week working with the team on several projects. I will prioritize and work on finishing several projects by simply focusing and finishing what's next on the projects.
I challenge myself not to be stressed out in the doing while worrying about what's not done. Instead I will work diligently on doing as much as I can, being focused on task completion and balancing the tasks appropriately.
Focusing on postive motivation versus negative reinforcement.
And again to bring this back around, I will take a break. I will shut out the world for a few minutes through alexander technique, meditation, self-hypnosis, etc. I invite you to do the same and see if by taking just a few moments for yourself are you more focused? more productive? more you?