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A good friend of mine has this bad habit of clicking an icon on her computer, and when the system doesn’t bring the item up fast enough; she’ll start impatiently double clicking on other icons. Of course the computer freezes up, because of all the extra commands that she has now sent to the processor. I just stand shaking my head and watching as she further frustrates herself fussing at the computer, and slamming the mouse down. In the end, we always have to press the reset button, and reboot the computer for it to start working properly.
Today I have decided to hit my Reset button. My processor has been in a frozen state, and rightfully so. I have been so busy trying to “Do Something”, that when one thing doesn’t seem to work or produce fast enough, I immediately come up with something else to try. For months I have been stuck in a patterning of “thinking” and “meaning to” with no action or follow up. So just as with my computer or cell phone when it freezes up during a process, I’m hitting the reboot/reset/restart button. Now don’t get me wrong most successful people got to where they are from multiple trials and errors. However, as I am learning there should be some type of lever that as new things come in, something else, especially those things that truly aren’t working, should go out or be dismissed. Otherwise you will become overwhelmed, exhausted, and distracted from the very things that you should be doing.
So in an effort to reset, I have shut everything down outside of the necessities, and am now refocusing only on those processes that should be running. Since blogging is one of those processes, I have decided to embark on the 365-day project. I got this idea from a friend who took on the Photo 365 challenge. He wanted to work on his photography skills, but could never seem to find the time to work on them consistently. So he committed to taking a photo everyday for 365 days. Now I know, that is a tall order to fill, but hey I’m a writer and writers are suppose to write. So blogging for the next 365 days is what I shall do.
The key to my restart will be to avoid “tasks” and “processes” that are simply meant to be distractions from what I really should be doing. For as the Bible says, and I am continually learning, while all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial. I told you guys earlier this year that I am working on making life-changing habits. I’ve been told that it takes 3 weeks to make a habit. Well by the end of these 365 days, I will have one heck of a writing habit. Now writing/blogging will not be the only process I restart, but it will be one of my main focuses.
So what about you, do you need a Reset, or have something that a 365-day Project could help you with?