This week, I’ve delved into the Wildwood to find that special card for this week. I want to hone my skills and to do so, there’s hard work to be done. Time to get those candles going!
The Wildwood hasn’t offered up this card, I’ve consciously “pulled” this card from all 78 cards. This week, I want to work hard, play hard, and rest hard. And yes, there’s some hard work for me to do. I’m not afraid of the hard work, that’s the least of my problems. What does concern me, is the time. Time is not a friend of mine. With a small young family, it hasn’t been a friend for some years now, and it won’t be for years to come. So the figure of this Eight of Stones, working late into the night, on their own, in a dark cave with nothing more than a few candles. I’m used to working when the kids are asleep, or busy doing their own thing. I really need to hone these Tarot reading skills.
This card says to me, work when you can. No distractions, no half measures, no excuses; focus, stay focused and hone those skills. I kind of like that, being tough on yourself. It’s been a while since I’ve needed to parent myself.
I learned the other day, that a distraction robs you of 25 minutes time. It takes that long to get “back into” the task you were distracted from. So, launching Trello on my tablet, I start to make my lists. Lists are great, but I’ve four on Trello so far, just to try to keep a tab on what I need to do for each part of my life.
I find that if I have the TV on, I get distracted more (so yes, I have to turn the TV off). The TV I find, is just as bad as Facebook for distractions.
So this week, what are your distractions? What do you need to turn “off” in order to get focused and do the work at hand? This can include Facebook, Twitter, G+, the TV, the radio… What tools do you use to get focused? I’ve mentioned Trello (it’s free and frankly, who doesn’t LIKE free apps and gadgets?) but there are others out there, I know it.
This week, I’d like you to share with me what apps you have that seem to be good, that seem to help you stay focused and get the jobs done. My Trello lists are getting longer, so time for me to get stuff done and get to bed. This week, is going to be pretty busy! Bye for now!