The Reward of Accomplishment
“Are you working on Monday” my wife ask me a few moments ago. It is the week between Christmas and New Years and during that week I take those days to refocus, not work, and plan my next three to five years.
This year, however, I have planned on working on Monday. There is a project that is important that is needing finished, and with company I am working with needs this project started. I made the commitment to do some training with them on Monday. That would normally be a day when I would not work.
She wasn’t complaining, she was expressing her desire for me to keep a commitment to myself and her – much needed time off.
In a normal week, this past year, I will work 5 days a week. Those days start at 8 am, and end at 8 or 9 pm each day. I rest on the weekends. Those long hours make me feel like I am accomplishing something. I love being busy.
I also love being distracted. The barn, the garage, the office all need cleaned and reorganized. Busy doing these tasks makes be feel good about accomplishing something.
In the big picture, I can see how I am not accomplishing the things I set out to do last year. As I am reviewing last years plans that were made this same time, I see how I have failed at accomplishing a majority of things on my list. It it sad.
What I am experiencing is how my mind loves the feeling of accomplishing things, even if they are not part of my ultimate focus. Being busy is easier than being focused.
It takes daily focus to stay on track for accomplishing something BIG in life. It takes daily practice of the principles that work for life to end up where we want it to be. I have become more focused in the last year than ever before but have failed a following as few of the necessary rules to keep myself focused.
My mind just wants to be busy. Arg.