When Distractions Are Beneficial

Sometimes its okay to get distracted.  This weekend I had to take a break from my regurlarly scheduled programming, aka my to do list to finish a non priority project that I had started quite some time ago.  I love magazines, but I don’t like to read them right away.  I let them gather into a pile, then I pull out the articles or tips I want to read and have a tiny pile of what actually interests me when I’m ready to indulge in my magazine time.

But Friday afternoon, I was all ready to sit down and write my blog post and continue outline a product I’m planning.  Yet as soon as I walked into my office there was an eye sore.  My pile of magazines.  It had been building for while and it was time, I could just feel it.  It wasn’t an important project, I didn’t need to finish it right away, but I did.  And I’m so glad I did.

I could have walked right past the magazines without taking any action.  I could have decided to put them on my to-do list or even onto my calendar.  But instead, I stopped what I was doing, put aside everything else and ripped apart magazine pages aka finished the project.  Physically it is now out of my site.  I don’t have to pass the ‘unfinished project’ anymore when I walk in the room.  Once I finished that project, I was so motivated, that I finished several more projects around the house and even a couple for business.

I feel so accomplished.  And if I had let the pile sit for another day, I may not feel so light.  So sometimes breaking a date with ourselves can be a good thing.  It can be tough to know when to push through and when to follow your instinct to switch gears.  The truth is, you don’t always know, but the more your practice listening to your intuition the more your will be able to trust your gut.

Do you have non-priority projects that nag at the back of your mind?

So while I did not get the items on my to-do list done yesterday – I am more focused today, because I don’t have those small little tasks pulling at my brain.  I know that can be a real problem for you as you get your business organized.  As I have said before, getting organized won’t necessarily make you money, but you can easily lose money if you are not organized.  So how do you decide when to spend your most precious resourse, time, on non-priority or non-income generating activities?

There is not always an easy answer.  I know that even though the project I let sit there was a non-priority project, if I had put it in my calendar to finish the project rather than think, ‘I will just finish that later, when I have time.’  I feel like those are my famous last words, ‘when I have time’ the truth is, with an open ended thought like that, nothing will ever get done.

I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur.  I help solopreneurs get their business and their life organized.  To get started, pick up a copy of my Top 10 Ways to Get Your Solopreneur Business Organized.