Over the last 2 weeks I haven’t had very much time to spend on client work or acquiring new clients. I have had some family issues to attend to. I miss my work, I want to get back to my work, but family always comes first. It’s important to remember that the reason we work is to be able to afford to spend quality time with our families and enjoy the relationships we are lucky enough to have. We always need to remember what is important in life.
It’s remarkable how little time is left to quietly reflect on objectives, successes, failures and opportunities after checking all of our inboxes, creating content, sharing content, measuring effectiveness and keeping up with the flow of information.
We tweet, we blog, we watch, we listen but how often do we stop the distractions to just think? I often find that blog topics come to me during a drive to a client’s office or during my morning shower. The night stand next to my bed has a notepad and pen because of the numerous occasions I’ve had an idea during the silence preceding sleep.
I spend so much time in this industry furiously trying to keep up and manage my various social media outposts. I spend so much mental energy planning, organizing, curating and creating.
As much as I appreciate being “plugged in,” I also try to appreciate silence, and quiet reflection. I think it’s important that we never lose sight of that, because the pace is only going to increase and the volume is only going to grow. It is easy to let your brain rewire itself. I try to remind myself that I play a big role in determining how my brain rewires during this technology, information and social revolution.
When you start out blogging, you’ll likely find it difficult to keep up with one blog. Over time you may get used to it, so you’ll add a second blog or double down your efforts on your one blog. As you go through this process you may find it overwhelming, but your capacity will increase, you will get better. Be ambitious. Take on more than you think you can handle. In the end, you’ll be better than if you’d decided to play it safe.
Sometimes you need to just take the day to get things in order. Today might just be that day.
This blog left Posterous for Tumblr, and then WordPress, and now…we’re back on Posterous. It’s simply the easiest way for me to maintain this type of blog in the midst of my other blogging activities.
Thanks for being patient and moving around with me.
Results are the product of the effort you put in. Hard work is essential. No one is looking out for you if you don’t first look out for yourself. Put out generosity and passion, and you’ll be successful…trust me.
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