Red Leigh Cooper

Red Leigh Cooper

Monday, December 5, 2011

Focusing on the task at hand...

     I haven't written anything since October. So much for putting one foot in front of the other or discovering my passion.

     It's not that I haven't been thinking about the purpose for my life or taking little steps to accomplish my goal. I have...

     The problem is something entirely different.

     I think the doctors missed an opportunity for diagnosis when telling my parents my brother had hyperactivity. I often times wonder, since coming from the same gene pool if I don't have a dose of that myself. I have an extreme inability to concentrate. Watch out if a butterfly goes by or I see something shiny...I'm gone!

     I'm amazed I got this far in life...truly...  I don't know how I passed college or hold down a job.  Well, okay...I actually do know how I hold down a job.  I take little "brain breaks" as I call them.  If I find myself unable to focus, I look at Facebook for like a minute or two, and then my mind is clear enough to go back to whatever the task is at hand.  On one particularly hard day, I noticed I commented on a friend's status once every hour.  Somehow it works for me.  It's kind of like how I get all my best ideas in the shower.  I'm not thinking about anything.  My brain works way too fast some times for my own good.  Which could lead me tot he next problem with my focus....

     I really want to do a lot of things.  I'm into and good at a lot of things.  It's hard to start on one thing because I want to be doing something else I like just as much.  There just isn't enough time in the day for everything I want to do.  My friend Karah does tons of stuff.  I always tease her because I don't think she sleeps. Deep down I probably sort of envy her energy and lack of sleep.  I can't do that.  I'm a eight to nine hour a night kind of person. 

     So I guess that means I have to choose.  This has probably been the problem all along.  Get rid of the things that I am not as passionate about as others so I have the time to focus on those few things I really should be spending my time on and excelling at.   Then when hyperactivity strikes, I guess there are still my Facebook "brain breaks."  Now the questions is how do I harness the fleeting thoughts and action items that just come to me randomly when I'm in the shower, sitting in church, hanging out with friends, etc, without always toting around a notebook...wait...Facebook...I got it...

....There's an app for that...

Happy Fishing!


PS - Most of this blog was done using the Blogger app for iphone.  

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